Young rap­pers right in fash­ion

Auckland City Harbour News - - FRONT PAGE - By MAG­GIE CAMP­BELL

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.

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