The Allston trio bring their energy (which would do the Beastie Boys proud) to the Good Life this Wednesday. With a new EP, Occam’s Razor, due out this fall, we talk beats and basements with emcees Subtex (Zeke Kreitzer), Outwrite (John True) and producer Taj Campman.
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You aren’t the typical boom-bap Boston act. What’s the inspiration behind the sound?
Taj: I was going for a new take on boom-bap while still adhering to the grounding principles of hip-hop—not too experimental but still expanding on what came before it.
I always call it “Sci-fi boom-bap.”
Outwrite: We’re not just sampling the same soul record people have been using for the past 30 years. We’re always trying to work with different musicians and signers.
You started as two separate acts—Defcon (Subtex and Taj) and Outwrite was solo. How was the transition into one group?
Subtex: It was the smoothest, most natural thing.
Outwrite: We met in New York through C-Rayz Walz and found out we were all living in Allston. I ended up working at the same café as Zeke and Taj. Eventually we all moved in together, which made it easier to work on records. Those extra sets of ears, you need that as a musician. Everyone brings different ideas and different concepts to the table.
You guys earned a rep for straight rocking Allston house parties.
Subtex: We threw parties at Unit 11, which is basically a warehouse—epic, epic shows.
It was like a fuckin’ dream.
And we played as many underground parties as we could. That’s where we played the best, at those basement parties.
Taj: We really built off the idea that we could make some noise in this small community. And it worked. I’d definitely say rocking basement shows got us farther than big clubs.
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