Interview With Electric Wire Hustle
KIWI-TWISTED HIP-HOP SMELTED WITH SOUTHERN SULPHURIC PSYCH-SOUL
Kia ora. Did I ever tell you about how much I love Wellington? I doubt it but now seems like an apt time so here goes . . .
On the day that I arrived in New Zealand’s capital a decade ago, a departing stranger immediately gave me a huge free bag of weed (she was leaving in a hurry on a jet plane). Several hours later a bank clerk made a large, unrectified error in my favour, and – after spending said windfall on a skinful of hemp lager in a boutique boozer that evening – an artisan beauty insisted that I accompany her home for the night where we did things which redefined taste and decency forever. It was probably the best day in my totally irrelevant life thus far. Anyway, apart from enjoying a few days surfing the waves of my good fortune, Wellington struck me as a place with a vibrant and eclectic, roots-up music scene. It’s no surprise then to learn, that it’s this cultural hotbed that has spat out Electric Wire Hustle into this cruel, unforgiving world.
Developing their own twist on modern hip-hop, psychedelia and soul, Electric Wire Hustle’s unique sound challenges genre boundaries and preconceptions. Their music reaches forward progressively whilst simultaneously referencing key points in music’s murkier, perkier past. Their thick-skinned drums, fingered nylon guitar strings and synth-layered percussion will have your neck snapping and your toes tapping whilst your ears strain to catch the evocative vocals of Mara TK. Since forming in 2007 Electric Wire Hustle have experienced an outstanding response to their music. Their live show has already seen them perform all over the world and their internationally-released, self-titled debut album received love from many of the world’s top DJs (including global beat-bummer Gilles Peterson).
Now on the brink of their third European tour (which unsurprisingly includes a date at The Big Chill) and eagerly anticipating follow-up US dates later this year, the band are keen to get on the road again. Until your paths invariably cross then have a sneaky peak at these lush photos they’ve taken for us. You can also download a sampler track (Perception) here too. It looks like my luck is rubbing off on you.