Where were you born and where do you live now?
Born in Rockhampton. Grew up in Katherine NT. Now residing in Melbourne
When did you first start playing music?
I started rapping and freestyling with friends when I was around 11 or 12. My first live performance was when I was roughly 14 or 15, at my high school assembly. However it wasn't until my early twenties that I started taking it seriously and realised that this is what I want to do.
Tell us a little about your process of writing music and what inspires you.
I’m inspired by what I hear in the music. Whether it’s a guitar sample, piano keys, the drums or some sort of sample that the producer has used. I'll pick something that really stands out to me and bounce a flow off it. Once I have a flow and a melody that works then I'll start working on the content, which is usually dictated by how I’m feeling and again the overall mood of the music. Something I’m probably more conscious of now, compared to when I first started, is matching the flow with the a story that I want to tell - aiming to construct a flow that's equally as good as the content and vice versa. The one thing that I believe separates artists from their peers and fellow musicians is your story. My family's story inspires the majority of my music and I make sure to incorporate it into everything that I do.
How has story telling had an impact on your life and music?
Like I mentioned above, I believe sharing my story helps my music stand out from the crowd. There are people/artists with similar stories, however none that are exactly the same because of the fact that I’m expressing my personal story and family history. It's my own perspective of what I’ve been through, my successes and challenges that eventually form my individual thoughts and opinions. It's also what I think makes the sound of my music unique and honest. I believe the best Hip Hop comes from an honest place and when the artist taps into telling their story.
What’s the first song you remember hearing?
To be honest it was probably something by the Eagles, one of my father's favourite bands. Either that, bad country music, or probably my father himself singing and playing the guitar. I still love the Eagles. The Hotel California album. Boom.
I first heard Hip Hop when I was around 10 or 11 and one of my best friends had just moved to Katherine NT from Zimbabwe, he put me on to NWA. Ice Cube is still in my top five MC's ever.
Who are you listening to at the moment?
Young Jeezy, Drake, Kanye, Nipsey Hussle
Where can we see you perform?
Next show is scheduled for 15th of March at Adelaide's Spirit Festival. To keep updated for future shows and upcoming album tour, follow me on Facebook ( www.facebook.com/misterbirdz ).
What has been the highlight of your musical career so far?
That’s a hard question to answer to be honest. There's definitely been some moments so far that stand out, but there’s so much on the horizon that I want to achieve and I’m always looking for the next step up. However if I had to pick something, recently my father saying how much he loves my new song "All We Know". Again my family is my biggest inspiration and hearing that from Balang help reiterate that I’m on the right path.
What are you working on at the moment?
Currently working on my debut album due to be released late 2015.
Most valuable piece of advice you've been given.
Be proud of who you are and never stop learning. My father used to say that it all starts with knowledge of self and that once you know who you are, you can achieve anything you want in life.
5 things you can’t live without.
Family, Music, Internet, Dreams, and most recently this probiotic tea stuff called "Kombucha" - amazing.
If you could have a coffee with anyone in the world, who would that be?
I don't really drink coffee. But I'd love to have a Hennessy with Kanye.
What advice do you have for aspiring artists?
Be yourself. Work hard. Create what you want to create and don't limit yourself. Surround yourself with positive people who believe in your vision and that you trust will help make it a reality. Tell your story.