Artist Interviews / Australian Artist / Introducing

Local Hero presents ill Kid

Tell us a bit about yourself, how long have you been a DJ?

Aahh my name is John Masina. I’m 21, taste like chocolate and reside in brisbane. I’ve been a phantom for about almost 2 years now. (Note* I am listening to UB40 – Rat In My Kitchen as i write this)

How were you introduced to the world of Dj’ing and when did you get behind your first set of decks?

Dj’ing – I was pretty much just lucky to get into it really. I’m sure you’ve heard of DJ MAXWELL…runs mystique. Way back when said club did not exist he was my brothers house mate. As was Metal Jacket, another turntablist. Umm…Rodney(MJ) had serato…i had a fascination with breaks, hip hop, bmore, baile, tech, house and jazz breaks…so i thought – why not?

What experience do you have in the Brisbane Music Scene and whats coming up next for you?

Experience….i’ve again been hell lucky to work with alotta people brisbane wide. I try and engulf myself with as much as I can (musicwise). Whether with Postal Entertainment, doing stuff with Dead Prez, Knovelle Capote, Mark Lowndes to working on my own shit and doing dance music. I’m pretty engrossed in Hip Hop…its my life…its what i live for…as is Dance.

Coming up i’m working on an EP ‘ILL-UMI-NOT-ME’ which i hope to release by July/August. Working with Sammy Attwood (Keen?) at the moment. Also pretty stoked to work with one of my heroes ‘Sampology’ on May 21st for his super visual smackdown.

If someone asked to decribe your Style in three words what would it be?


Any favorite Tracks at the moment?

Top 5 no particular order
Bust em up – Dr Gonzo (French Fries RMX)
Udon – High Powered Boys
Laquisha – French Fries (J- Wow RMX)
Sandwhiches – OFWGKTA
Shigeto – And We Gonna (Samiyam RMX)

Producing, what are you working on at the moment and can you give us a bit of insight on what your using?

Yeah as said before…working on my first EP, working with Sammy Attwood (Keen?) and starting a side project with a friend of mine Trefan Taylor to get a live band slash electronic hip hop going. Pulled away from dj’ing just to get her done. So hence why people have not heard from me in a very long time.

Currently using Logic 9. Also using Reason 4.0.

Are there any artists that you look up to?

Man there about a billion. If i were to nut it down…Erykah Badu, Blaqstarr, Diplo, French Fries, Keen?, Sammy Brown, J DILLA, Knovelle Capote, James Blake, OFWGKTA, Andre 3000, Laidback Luke, Dave Nada, Lupe Fiasco, Skream, Joker, Samiyam, Flying Lotus, K-Os,

Other than yourself, who would you say to look out for in the Brisbane scene?

Top 5 acts to be wary of

1) Profesa – if you havent already…dude is the boss.
2) Keen? – nuff said…dude knows how to throw a party
3) Alex Terrell – smoother than a babies bottom
4) Gavin Boyd – Those that know…this guy is a genius. Best turntabilist in brissy.
5) Noy – the dude is a good friend and the friendliest guy in the world. However what he does behind the decks should be deemed. ILLLEEEEGGGAAAAALLLL (pineapple reffo)

Finally, Favorite/Funniest Club memory that you have experienced so far?

2 things….once i saw a dude get bitch slapped in the face for touching the decks.

however….the funniest thing i have ever witnessed ever….Hhahahahah was my first ever set. Hahaha everything you can think that went wrong…did. it was planet, i was opening and i was using serato…way back when it first came out. I rocked up…vinyls werent on….so i played and burnt cd’s at the same time….i wasnt familiar with cdj’s so i tried mixing like a BOWSE and fucked up heavily. Hahahaha we all start somewhere and i will treasure that horrid set for the rest of my life. just saaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa indie.

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