Young rappers right in fashion
What started as an idea for a clothing label in an Auckland flat has sparked one of the city’s up and coming rap groups.
Marcus Logan and James Field created the brand Delic Exodus, originally to design T-shirts based on spirituality.
‘‘It’s a summation of our personal experiences. A growing discontentment with Westernised society and lifestyle led us to look into different belief systems and concepts,’’ Logan says.
They began writing lyrics in their spare time, never imagining anything would come of it.
‘‘Out of the blue we met with this producer and went into the studio and just started recording. It was super random,’’ Logan says.
Since then the 21-yearolds have recorded an EP, The warm up set and are working on a studio album.
The inspiration for their music comes from art, spirituality and music of the late 1960s as well as ‘‘the desire to do something awesome and different’’.
Music producer Dave Rhodes has been working with them since they began recording.
‘‘Musically they are just learning how to write and structure songs but they learn fast so each track seems to be getting better than the last,’’ he says.
Tonight the pair will play their biggest gig yet: Opening for ska punk band Night Gaunts at Cassette Nine in Auckland’s CBD.
Logan and Field are finishing degrees at Auckland University of Technology but next year hope to move to Melbourne to work on their music and clothing line, while still remaining true to their humble roots.
‘‘A person’s spirituality is represented by what they hold to be their highest truth so I just try to project what is truest to me through my art forms.
‘‘It’s all just for fun really and to do something awesome rather than be mundane and scared in a little bubble of comfort,’’ Field says.