SPOTLIGHT: HORRORSHOW

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As purveyors of all creative avenues it would be a disservice on our part not to address the ever evolving juggernaut that is, Horrorshow. The 11-year reign of brilliance is again at a renewal phase for the Sydney duo with the announcement of a new single, national tour and album. Since their first release on Elephant Traks (The Grey Space) in 2008, Solo and Adit have done nothing but release feel good and thought provoking music that has touched people across all walks of life. As a result, their fan base has become incredibly diverse seeing them grow and eclipse many of the heights we as ‘Hip Hop Heads’ never thought possible.

Horrorshow are widely respected in all pockets of culture as they’ve shared glimpses of mainstream appreciation yet still managed to encapsulate the essence widely regarded as ‘Real Hip Hop’. Honesty and integrity are built into their DNA and this is essentially the core of Solo’s artistry and storytelling. Over the 4 albums, Solo has been able to tell stories of love, trust, hardship, politics, family reflection, loss and good old fashion rap chat. It is no surprise that the pair grew up listening to Atmosphere.

Photo: Jimmy Nice

Photo: Jimmy Nice

Veteran MC and producer, Evidence of Dilated Peoples and Step Brothers once famously wrote, “it’s not where you place your words; it’s where you don’t.'“ Whether it be a conscious decision or not, this has been where Solo has carved himself a lane in the Hip Hop landscape. Solo is the master of using space inside of his lyrics and flow structure to ensure the words he does use punch home with ample affect. In an age of triplets and fast flows, Solo stays in his lane placing pride on story telling over intensive and saturated wordplay. The very notion of Evidence’s famous quote can also be taken deeper into the context of life. Solo is a quiet and placid individual who is aware that listening is more often than not a more important skill than just talking and running your mouth. Using words is a tool that is sometimes under appreciated by rappers and people alike. Solo has taught us that silence is a weapon we can all add to our arsenal at times in life.

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Behind him, shinning brighter than ever is his partner in crime, Adit. As a producer and artist he has remained a force despite the ever-changing sound of Hip Hop in this country. Adit has adapted and levelled up his production on each project and by doing so has stretched himself to new levels. This is no more evident in the release of their new single ‘Grain by Grain’ where one can hear the hybrid of many Hip Hop styles all mashed together in a feel good package. Adit’s sound quality is unparalleled to any other as he builds layers of instrumentation that suitably compliment Solo’s tones. The multi-instrumentalist has been responsible for the synonymous ‘ONE DAY’ sound and holds an enormous weight in the scene for his contribution.

Photo: Jimmy Nice

Photo: Jimmy Nice

Horrowshow’s much anticipated upcoming album ‘New Normal’ is scheduled to drop towards the end 2019 but in the mean time fans have been spoilt with the announcement of 9 date tour around the country and New Zealand to celebrate this great news.

NEW NORMAL Tour is on sale now Tickets at http://horrorshow.com

Written by Ryan Bennett

Photography by Jimmy Nice & Cole Bennett

Photo: Cole Bennetts

Photo: Cole Bennetts

Below is their latest single and video clip ‘Grain by Grain’.