Wish is their command
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.