Watch the Fresh Air Open House with Trials!
For National Youth Week, we teamed up with our mates at Northern Sound System to take the Fresh Air Open House up north for the first time!
Caroline Tucker, our new Fresh Air host, sat down for an insightful, hilarious conversation with Trials, one of the legendary heads behind The Funkoars.
“You can make the angriest rap song in the world, but as long as you’re laughing and having lols in between takes, you’re gonna come out with a good song. Always.”
Trials spoke at length about his start in music, his production techniques, and his thoughts on Australia’s hip hop and drinking cultures. From his childhood in Wales as “the darkest kid in the country,” to the start of The Funkoars in 1999, Trials’ story has been one of getting stuck in and seeing what happens.
When quizzed on his production techniques and signature sound, Trials is all about experimenting, having fun and constantly pushing forward. “Nothing makes you more stagnant than not making songs,” he said.
Trials also happily answered stacks of questions from the audience on everything from the Funkoars, to scratch DJ-ing, to booze. We also got some very exciting tidbits of information from him, including the origin story of Drapht’s ‘Jimmy Recard’, and the due date for the new Funkoars single and album, In Case Of Emergency!
Alongside his longtime friend Sesta, Trials has been releasing music with The Funkoars for over 15 years, spanning 10 releases between them. (Each time this fact is brought up throughout the interview, he releases a dejected grunt.)
With a long future of rapping and beatmaking ahead of him, it was a matter of time before we roped Trials in as a Fresh Air Open House guest. His relationship with Northern Sound System, and his connection with the hip hop community of the Northern suburbs made him the perfect person for our first Open House up North!
“Drapht and I made an album… with a song ‘Jimmy Recard’ that got smashed on the radio, and he rapped that next to my s***ty cat litter box in my laundry.”
Fresh Air Open House is a series of open producer forums, where Fresh 92.7 puts Adelaide’s music community in a room with some key music industry players to spread the stories, advice and information they’ve gathered over the years. Since its inception, we’ve put hundreds of young Adelaideans face-to-face with the likes of Nina Las Vegas, Kilter, Ministry of Sound, KLP, Motez and more, and the remainder of 2016 is shaping up to be a huge year for our Contemporary Music Program! We’ll announce the next Open House real soon.
A huge thank you is owed to Northern Sound System, who do some amazing work supporting the North’s music community – we can’t think of better people to partner with for our first Fresh Air Open House outside of the CBD! Also, SnapMe Media Group once again lent their outstanding filming services to the Open House!
This Fresh Air Open House was also special in that it formed a part of National Youth Week, in line with this year’s theme: ‘My Community is Your Community.’ Hopefully, we’ll see you at the next one!