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Wizdm

Wizdm

Wizdm


In 1983 when Malcolm McLaren released Buffalo Gals in Australia the hip-hop seed took root in many kids looking for a way to fit in. Wizdm was one of those kids and instantly said to himself “this is it”. From that day he would practice the robot, the moonwalk, the backspin, the headspin… well forget about the headspin, but he was on his way to becoming a b-boy with the help of some friends. That was in Adelaide when he was younger and fitter. Read more on Last.fm
In 1983 when Malcolm McLaren released Buffalo Gals in Australia the hip-hop seed took root in many kids looking for a way to fit in. Wizdm was one of those kids and instantly said to himself “this is it”. From that day he would practice the robot, the moonwalk, the backspin, the headspin… well forget about the headspin, but he was on his way to becoming a b-boy with the help of some friends. That was in Adelaide when he was younger and fitter. He then moved into DJ-ing & did a few party’s, the occasional club and some radio shows. Then there was a brief attempt at Graff… but.... It wasn’t till he heard Run DMC’s “Tougher Than Leather” that he began to explore the art of rhyming. Having done poetry and drama at school he found it fairly easy writing rhymes and constructing stories and characters…. So he discovered that this was definitely his calling and his place in the world of hip-hop! The Brethren assemble… In 88 Wizdm met a graffiti writer known as Mistery in a pizza shop where he was working at the time. They hit it off and ended up talking about Their involvement with hip-hop. They didn’t realize it then but that night They were laying the foundation to start one of the longest running hip-hop group’s in Australia! They ended up calling the group we formed “Brethren”. Now back then most MC’s had back up dancers so Brethren had to have some too! it was a five man group with three dancers and Mistery and Wizdm as the MC’s.

The beats were mainly instrumentals of other hip-hop groups which they listened to at the time. They eventually got rid of the dancers & slowly accumulated money from gigs and where able to purchase a Tascam 4 track cassette recorder. For those of you familiar with pause button looping you’ll understand that this production process was long and arduous! But then They met a producer called Avene who had an Akai S900 sampler and made our beats in a fraction of the time. Around that time They also got Themselves a manager, the mighty Trent Roden {who now runs Earshot records}, and he helped Brethren to get the right contacts that lead to seeing Them release a self titled demo tape in 1994. That demo tape made it’s way to the number one afternoon TV show “Simon Townsend’s Wonder World” and they made for them {free of charge} a video clip for their song “Cruisin’”! The clip got played on the show, on Rage & on pay T V. The releases…. Back then Mushroom Records had a subsidiary called MDS and they got their hands on the Brethren demo tape which lead to us releasing our first CD; the “Big Brother” EP in 1996. Brethren also released a CD single called “Slingshot” that got some great airplay on Triple J {and also featured on the compilation “Homebrews 2″} In 1997 Wizdm embarked on his first solo project which was the start of his production experience… Released on cassette and entitled ‘Words of Wizdm’.

It was from this point on he had more of an influence on the “Brethren sound”. Up until then, like most MC’s, Brethren were dependent on other beat makers and producers creating our sounds for them. The rest of the 90’s and early 00’s saw Brethren featuring on many compilations and other peoples projects. They did shows, clubs and festivals all over the country, national tours, and opened for lots of international artists. Then came 2004 and Brethren released one of the most anticipated releases in the Australian hip-hop scene; their first full length album! “Beyond Underground”. An epic concept album with every track depicting a part of the story’s journey! It came complete with an original comic book, created by Mistery and Chez.

It was released on the independent label Mustard Records and distributed through Creative Vibes. Now? (2009) At the moment Wizdm has just released his second solo release called ‘Unrelenting’ Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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