Fellowship Term: August 2020 – January 2021
Mr. Rhodes’ Mega Lush Beats and textural nerd grooves with verses that range from smoky smooth and staunch AF have become a staple of the Lismore born & raised Bundjalung man armed with his trusty Roland SP404 and Push 2 Blake has had a steady stream of impressive releases since the start of 2017.
On Beginning the Fellowship
What a weird first month of this experience, but in a good way COVID has really thrown me for a loop. Due to challenges with traveling and flying, I’ve continued working in my home studio set-up and had my first meeting with Astral People online. I’ve been collaborating a lot this past month with artists from different genres and trying to challenge what I feel is “my style” and looking at it from a different perspective and it has been really helpful and humbling. I also released a new single with my friend Thomas Shaw titled Doing It Well which deals with my mental state in response to the death of George Floyd and the BLM protests all over the world. Have a listen to Doing It Well here.
Check out Studio Time with Mr. Rhodes for an update on the start of his Fellowship:
September has up and gone and I am just starting to get me head around all this creative energy that’s has come with it. I spent a week of September working on an upcoming theatre show called “FLOW” that I am both scoring and performing in. The following week I ran workshops with a group of young people and collaborated on 8 incredibly fun songs with them. I also spent a week finishing songs I’ve been sitting on for a long time and am really excited about. New track for September is up and you can listen online here.
In my meeting with Astral People we caught up on a few things but importantly talked about the visual identity of a project and how this can be developed to strengthen an artist’s practice.
Photos courtesy Mr. Rhodes.
After a whirlwind of a month that was September, October chilled right out which has been a bit of a relief. This has given me time and space to be creative and productive in many different ways.
I had a great catch up with the Astral team, Vic and Tom gave me a tonne of things to think about and preparing for the next month as it is going to be crazy busy. We focussed on issues around clearance and sampling which is super helpful for me, specifically how to go about clearing samples, replaying samples and generally the costs and process involved.
For some behind the scenes action to see how I make beats, check out my October video.
Photo courtesy Mr. Rhodes
November – December
This last month has been ridiculous. I spent the majority of it working on our upcoming theatre show “FLOW”. I also had the chance to fly down to Sydney mid way to do my studio induction at the Powerhouse and spend some time in the studio and in the museum. Luckily restrictions had eased and I was able to catch-up with the Astral People team in-person before flying back to perform for the first time in what feels like a lifetime. Overall this month has been inspiring and exhausting at the same time hopefully I can keep this momentum going.