Wish is their com­mand

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Wish Cast (pic­tured) didn’t in­tend cre­at­ing an en­tire genre of mu­sic when they pi­o­neered Aus­tralia hip-hop more than 20 years ago. It hap­pened ‘‘al­most by accident’’. Since the re­lease of their de­but al­bum, Mad as a Hat­ter, in 1992 the group has set the do­mes­tic hiphop agenda with their dis­tinct Aus­tralian ac­cents por­trayed through rap. How­ever, when it comes to cre­at­ing new sound, MC and found­ing mem­ber Sereck – aka Paul West­gate – says it was a nat­u­ral evo­lu­tion. ‘‘When we did it it was a pure pro­gres­sion of break­ing through,’’ he says. ‘‘It was al­most by accident. We had to ram our lungs out to get heard. You shouldn’t think about start­ing some­thing new. It should hap­pen nat­u­rally.’’ Sereck says the group – made up of him­self, Def Wish, Die C and DJ Murda One – feels it had to set an ex­am­ple for today’s hip-hop in­dus­try. ‘‘We have been in the scene a long time. It’s a lot dif­fer­ent to when we started. We have seen the whole thing grow and we’ve been a part of that growth,’’ he says. ‘‘Aussie hip hop is a cliche. Hip hop is funk any­way. Peo­ple for­get it’s funk based. They need to go back to the orig­i­nal mu­sic, they need that knowl­edge.’’ Def Wish Cast re­leased their fourth al­bum, Evo­lu­tion Ma­chine, last month. Sereck says the ti­tle re­flects the de­vel­op­ment of the group and the genre they cre­ated. ‘‘ Evo­lu­tion Ma­chine is about our lives over the last 22 years, as well as the evo­lu­tion of hip hop it­self and how ev­ery­thing is turn­ing,’’ he says. ‘‘It’s a back-to-the-fu­ture sound for us. We are re­liv­ing our­selves.’’ Sereck com­pares the cre­ation of the al­bum to the free­dom of a play­ground. ‘‘There are a lot of dif­fer­ent swings. There will be no more gaps af­ter this, just a con­stant flow. We have al­ready started work on the next al­bum.’’ Sereck says the group spent a lot of time per­fect­ing the lat­est record. ‘‘We are the fussi­est bunch ever. We’re very picky on the finest points – that’s why you hear flow over the whole al­bum – we break down ev­ery point.’’ Set to tour the east coast, Def Wish Cast want to take the au­di­ence on a jour­ney, Sereck says. ‘‘We’re do­ing two-hour sets, try­ing to take it away from the rock men­tal­ity gig of ‘sup­port, sup­port, head­line’. We’re bored with the old for­mat. We want to change things up a bit. It’s about in­ter­ac­tion. We have a room and space and peo­ple – we want to do some­thing ex­cit­ing.’’

Def Wish Cast play Ru­n­away Bay Tav­ern to­mor­row.

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