Album Focus: Chasm - This Is How We Never Die

14 June 2012 | 10:05 am | Staff Writer

History in brief? Produced two Chasm albums – Beyond The Beat Tape (triple j feature album) and This Is How We Never Die. Produced two albums as part of Astronomy Class – Exit Strategy (triple j feature album) and Pursuit of Happiness (ARIA nomination, Best Urban Release). Produced Dialectrix's debut album Cycles Of Survival. Produced Skryptcha's debut EP Left To Write.

Describe your sound: A mash-up of reggae, soul and funk samples layered with synth lines and bass; hip hop.

Tell us about the album: This Is How We Never Die is a 14-track producer album with a plethora of guest rappers from Australia, UK and the US on each track, including Brad Strut, Solo (Horrorshow), Hau (Koolism), Delta, Lazy Grey, AG, Guilty Simpson, Blak Twang, Fashawn and many more.

Recording process: It was a mega task trying to organise so many guest MCs; it took a lot of co-ordinating to make it happen. Also, because of the various locations across Australia and overseas that people were recording, trying to make some of the recordings sit together on the same track and sound cohesive was difficult. Danielsan from Koolism really had his work cut out for him, he mixed the album and had to really work to make some of the verses sound like they fit right.

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Collaborations? Like I said above there's a large showcase of Australian and international rappers. There's cuts on two tracks from 2buck and co-production on Soldier & A Thinkerby Sir Robbo, who I produced all the Astronomy Class stuff with. The rest of the production I handled myself.

What's the deal with your live shows? A party-oriented set with different guest MCs jumping up in each city.

What's on the horizon? More touring to promote the album and starting work on the next one.