Local To Local are a multifaceted hip-hop collective that’s composed of four artists and one DJ, currently based in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs.
The crew recently released their explosive debut EP, titled ‘Ground Zero‘, which celebrates a range of local and international talent, including collaborative efforts from emerging US acts A1 Krashn and Brian Fresco.
Moreover, the project encloses a concoction of various styles, as the group experiments with elements of reggaeton, dancehall, club, and hip-hop.
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Following the release, TLF managed to link up with the Local To Local boys and chat about some of their influences, all things ‘Ground Zero‘, Australia’s hip-hop scene, their plans for the future, and much more! Peep our full interview below:
(TLF) Kicking things off, tell us about who some of your biggest influences are when it comes to creating music?
LOTUS – I don’t have one particular artist that I always draw motivation from, but a bunch of artists that motivate me to do the music I do are;
Jeremih, 50 Cent, Drake, 6lack, Russ, Not3s, Pink Sweats, and mostly, Swae Lee. I really love the way he executes his melodies on tracks. The way he cuts is the way I try to do it as well.
But for the knowledge and ethic I have at the moment, it’s from a bunch of people; Roger Abboud, Jordan Marcovici, A1krashn and my L2L and BCM boys. My own local artists and homies actually have the largest influence on me and motivate me to do what I do.
(TLF) Congrats on the release of your debut EP ‘Ground Zero’! What does this project mean to you and what was the process like in bringing it to life?
DJ MARCO – Thank you! This project means a lot to the whole crew, it means starting from ground zero/starting from the bottom were we are at right now and our aspirations to lift off the ground and really get our careers going.
Bringing this to life was actually really simple as our work ethic was so strong in the process of getting tracks finished, by the time it came around for us to release our debut EP, we had so many tracks stacked and just picked our favourites that showed different sides to us which you hear throughout the EP.
(TLF) What do you wish to achieve as a collective? Do you have any particular goals or things you hope to accomplish?
DJ MARCO – As a collective we want tour the world and represent Australia globally. Our goal is to be the next hip-hop supergroup.
(TLF) How would you describe the Australian landscape when it comes to the hip-hop culture here?
LARKS = I actually think the state of the Australian hip-hop landscape right now is better than it’s ever been before. With dope artists like Manu Crooks & The Kid Laroi paving the way and gaining some huge international attention – like landing themselves on Rolling Loud Miami.
I think this will open up doors for new Australian talent to be heard globally. Also, just the quality of the music that’s being produced is becoming so much better, now we just have to keep pushing to see change.
(TLF) What can we expect to see for the remainder of 2019? Are there any more releases, shows, or things we should know about?
LARKS – You can expect a lot from us in 2019. Our debut EP just dropped, individually we will be dropping three singles each in the next couple of months & right after that heading to LA in July to collaborate with artists, shoot music videos and we will also have a few more shows before the end of the year.
Keep up to date with the latest from Local To Local by following their socials below:
Apple Music: @LocaltoLocal