Hey folks, so i’m finally back online after paying $100 to get 400mb of downloading and uploading. Our Friday was a busy one as we did 3 interviews and soundcheck for a special intimate gig that night at F4. We left the hotel around 12pm and headed to Stomp ourt Australian label partner. Expecting a small office space we were blown away with the size and product that they move.
Group photo with Stomps’ Lisa, Angie, Joe from Illusive.
We then headed to Kiss.fm, one of Melbourne’s premier radio stations. After a nice interview we took a couple pics.
Azeem leaves his name on the wall with the likes of Qbert, flash, Jazzy Jeff and may others.
After Kiss.fm we headed to F4 for sound check. While we were chillin, Raquel stopped by for an online interview. She came out later that night for the show.
Walking on the streets downtown, the vibe was very simliar to San Francisco minus the homeless. Melbourne is known for one of the most extensive urban rail lines in the world. Most people don’t have cars and rely on public transportation.
Since $2 and $1 are in coins, i feel like a definitely need a change purse.
Here’s a photo of an old Victorian style building built during the Gold Rush of the 1860’s. The downtown area is full of original restored buildings. There’s really no type of natural disasters here so everything has easily stayed in tact.
If you thought our Football stadiums were big, the MCG home of AFL, crickett and rugby seats over 100k. It’s also only about $150 for season tickets, no wonder the fans are so dedicated.
After a nice kebob dinner, we headed to F4 where the show was. Here’s a couple select pics.
Zeph and Azeem rocking it…
Matt and Adam of Illusive and me…
This cat knew more about Bay Area hip hop than i did. He was asking questions about Eskari X, Mac Dre, X-rated and C Bo. I was like who? He had Zeph and Azeem both sign his shirt.
Bay Area’s finest…
In the main office at F4, i found out that Lance and JT had been there before. They left their impressions on the dry erase board.
After the show, i found out that good friend and San Francisco mate Justin Martin was playing at 161. Here is what he had to say..
Linking up with Justin I met some cool locals and Om fans. I told them that i wanted to tru Melbourne experience so they dragged me to Revolver (the SF equivalent to The End Up)
Here’s the crew…
Morning time was another great experience. I woke up to a hot air-balloon race out my hotel window.
The food here is amazing. All kinds from all regions, Melbourne is known as one of the most culturally diverse places in Australia. Azeem knew of this Jamaican spot called ‘Yeah Man,’ from when he was here with Spearhead. The food was incredible. One wierd thing is, that it’s against health code violations to be able to take food home in a doggy bag. So we could take the left overs. I guess recently over 150 people got sick from one restaurant, so they have all kinds of regulations.
Here we are at RRR Radio. This station is broadcast nationally and they actually asked me to get in on the interview. Here’s a pic of us with Gavin, the dj.
Cappachino’s are needed in the morning. It’s now Sunday and we’re getting ready for our big show at The Forum. Talib Kweli just arrived from Shanghai and we’re all about to head down for sound check. Stay tuned tomorrow for a report of our first big night.
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