FG

FG

Bio

Part emcee, part producer and 100% weird beard, the FG species (genus strangus guyus) can be recognised by its faithful reproduction of soul samples and its limited freestyle skills. It is often found in a lab with an expression of frustration and disappointment on its odd countenance or on the front porch writing its artist bio while surrounded by empty beer bottles.

The FG exhibits numerous aberrant behaviours. For example, this species is known to frequent hip hop shows only to sit in dimly lit corners with a notebook writing lyrics.

Originally native to the South Eastern suburbs of Melbourne where it was frequently found trying to blend in with J-reds, Aetcixs, A-loves, Drainos, Fatty Phews, Nick Sweepahs and Muphins, it has also been spotted in the vicinity of other states’ fauna such as the Mr. Trials, Simplex, Mass MC and Crixus. Around 2005, the FG migrated west and currently burrows in and around Perth, Western Australia. Since migrating, the FG has used its underdeveloped xenomorphic traits to collaborate with other species such as the Wisdom2th, Ourobonic Plague, G-box, A.pt, Empty Cup, ASAP and Hallows. A long-playing collection of the distinct sounds produced through these collaborations is was released in November 2012 under the title of “Making Space”. Further audio records are currently in development.

The only certifiable extant recordings of this shy mammal can be found on the audio discs for Culture of Kings, Culture of Kings 2, ‘More Than Music’ by Muphin, ‘Get The Picture?’ by Draino, ‘Who’s Your Step-Daddy?’ by The Funkoars, ‘Waking The Past’ by Terra Firma, ‘Abstract Junk’ by Crixus, ‘Making Space’ by FG and on the audio cassette ‘Funky Living Room’ by FG.

News

Happy 10th Birthday Playlist

Saturday June 7th, 2014

So, Diger put together a Top Ten list of songs from Community artists to celebrate The Community’s 10th Birthday this year.  I figured, hell, there’s been so much good music out of The Community that I should put together a list of my own.  So here you go, in no particular order, my Top Ten list from Community artists and associates:

Renz – Look Good on Me


Rokwell and Groom – Omaha

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Mathas – White Sugar

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Wisdom2th -Low Def 4:3

Can be found on Bandcamp here: Low Def


Ourobonic Plague – The Outer Alphabet


Class A x DOS4GW – All Things Everything


Able8 feat. Points and Hypeman Sage – I’m Mad


YLEM and Rachael Dease – Strange Love

Due to the joys of Bandcamp not being embeddable at the moment, you’ll have to click here to hear this gem!


The Boost Hero Man – Sexy Space Bounce (aka L’Imposteur)


Lenny Rudeberg x Marksman – Morgan Freeman (instrumental)

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Empty – Long Overdue


DJ Silence – The Moments feat. The Dead Edits

Ha! Syke!  This is actually the 11th tune on the list AND it hasn’t been released yet. Trust me, though, it’s a good-un!  You’ll be able to pick it up on DJ Silence’s debut EP when he drops it at The Community’s 10th Birthday @ The Bakery on 21st of June!

And, that’s it.  If you want to check it out, Diger’s original list can be found below:

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DJ Silence, MD. + Space Exploration

Wednesday May 21st, 2014

Hello humanzees!  What’s good?

I’ve been busy lately.  Mostly with the job that pays rather than the job that plays, unfortunately.  However, I have managed to fit some worthwhile music activity into my schedule.

Last Friday, I did a set at Selekt Few’s album launch alongside the likes of Lost and Found, Rights and Paradox, Jamahl Ryder, Wisdom2th and, of course, Selekt Few.  It feels like I was up on stage every few minutes doing tracks with people but it was a dope night.  It reminded me of the vibe of some of the earlier hip hop shows I used to head to in Melbourne.  Just heavy beats and good vibes.  You can pick up Selekt Few’s album “MD” here: http://selektfew.bandcamp.com/

Last night, I shot the mixes for DJ Silence’s upcoming EP through to Wisdom2th for a bit of mastering work.  Fingers crossed that the mixes are good to go.  If not, I’m sure they’re damn close.

Silence’s album sounds dope, by the way.  You should definitely grab it when it drops in the near future.

As for my own album, The Cosmonaut, I’ve been working on it here and there when I get the chance.  I always find it so hard to mix my own tunes.  It’s difficult to shift from a producer mindset where you’re thinking about arrangement and composition to an engineer mindset where you’re thinking about spacing and positioning of sounds.  Well, it’s difficult for me, anyway.

The tunes will be ready to go for the Community 10th Birthday at The Bakery on 21sth of June.

See you there!

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Ear Bashed Belatedly

Sunday March 2nd, 2014

It has been a very long time since I’ve posted anything on The Community blog.  Apologies.

As often seems to be the case, work swallowed me.  That pesky depression pit swallowed me, too.  I have mastered the depression deranguense, though.  As per Charles Bukowski’s prescription, I go to bed for two days and don’t speak to anyone.  When I emerge I feel a little better.  Just repeat until symptoms disappear.  It has taken a good six months.  Things seem better now.

Anyway, in the interim, I’ve been slowly chipping away at my next release.  It’s an album called “The Cosmonaut”.  I believe I’ve mentioned it.

As I sit here, my most recent (and definitely the final) song for the album is hammering at my earholes quite furiously.  It’s loud.  Angry, maybe.  I think it says something.  Or maybe screams something.  I’m not sure what, though.

I hope you enjoy it.

It’ll drop soon.

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New Songs Old Songs

Friday January 10th, 2014

Hello humanzees,

I’ve spent the bulk of the night listening to songs by Bob Dylan that I haven’t sat down and listened to for probably a decade.  Unquestionably, he is my favourite songwriter of all time.  He is very well respected for his lyricism and it’s ironic that I am engaging with him again whilst I’m in the middle of putting together an instrumental album.  Actually, that’s definitely an incorrect usage of the term ironic.  Call me Alanis.  I don’t care.

The instrumental album is coming together slowly.  I appear to have an actual fear of mixing it.  I seem to be putting off the mixing phase repeatedly.  A few people have offered to mix it for me, but I’m equally reluctant to that idea as I am to mixing it myself.  There are ideas in this album that I’m scared to death of mixing out of existence.

Nonetheless, I move ever so closer to getting it done.  A good friend of mine (and an amazing artist) named Fajar Sugiarto has agreed to do the artwork.  I have a pretty firm idea of what I want, but I also trust his intuition wholeheartedly.  So I’m excited by that.  And I also think the songs themselves are some of my best work (if I can just keep the good ideas and strip back the bad production decisions).

It’s a very different album to my last one, “Making Space”.  Very, very different.  That’s kind of funny since this album is a sequel to Making Space.  It is connected in my mind, however, I’m not sure how many people will see/hear the connections.  Not that that really matters.  Music is all about discovery.  The most real links are often the most tenuous.

On a side note, vote for Mathas in the Triple J Hottest 100.  The song is Mathas “Nourishment feat. Abbe May” – it’s a cracker of a tune which uses a reflection upon the alienation of European and Aboriginal cuisine within Australia to make us reflect on the broader cultural divide in the country.  You can find the voting page at the link below…

http://www2b.abc.net.au/votecentral/Client/PlaceVote.aspx?E=106&IX=0&IG=12

Without trying to sound like a sycophant, I have to say that it would be an abysmal failure of the musical integrity of the listening public in this nation if Mathas did not get recognised for his ability quick smart.  He is a consumate performer but, more importantly in my opinion, he is a deep thinking and clever lyricist (not to mention a very good producer).

Anyways, I hope your holiday season was good and not too stressful.  Enjoy 2014 like it’s 1999.

PEESHE

FG

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Contribution Level Approaching Critical

Saturday June 8th, 2013

I have been a terrible Communitarian lately.  My contributions to the cause AND the greater good of The Community have been decidedly negligible.

Sorry about that.

However, I have been stumbling blindly around my studio banging on buttons that make sound a bit recently so I feel like I should at least share the results.

Meanwhile, the folks next door are playing Dre – Next Episode and rapping along to it.  Random.

And then there’s this:

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Who the F**k was ASAP?

Sunday April 7th, 2013

Who the F**k was ASAP?

There comes a time in every artists life when they must throw off the fetters that bind them to their past; when they must reach with both hands for the glorious future that is promised them by their mates (who invariably say “Nah, you’re fully sick aye bro!”). For some this involves crafting their magnum opus, for others it embodies adopting a whole new style, and for one person at least it involves changing your name from ASAP to Archi. Surprisingly, ASAP is that one person.

After engaging numerous audiences across this his home state of Western Australia in salubrious, stirring and often sloshed recitals of his signature tune “Who the f**k is ASAP?”, the newly dubbed Archi will soon be forcing them to wonder “Who the f**k was ASAP?”.

“To be completely honest, I was sick of people thinking I was a member of A$AP Rocky’s crew or, worse still, that I was A$AP Rocky.”, says Archi. “Even on Facebook, where there is a clear picture of me on my artist page, people would still comment in my status updates under the deluded belief that I was actually part of the A$AP crew.”

Sometimes artists must take a stand against the wilful ignorance of the people that aren’t even remotely their audience. Other times it’s easier to change your name and hope that people stop bothering you.

Thankfully, the name is the only thing that ASA-… err, Archi is changing. You can still find him cohosting CoLab at The Moon on the second Sunday of every month and he’ll still be collaborating with Marksman at numerous gigs around Perth. The name change does bring with it a few alterations to his online presence, however. If you’re trying to find Archi on the interwebs here’s the salient list of sites:

http://www.facebook.com/archiofficial

http://www.soundcloud.com/archiofficial

http://thecommunity.com.au/archi

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Space. It’s everywhere.

Saturday February 9th, 2013

I’ve been deciduously working on my next release.  I know.  Deciduously means “in a manner of shedding” i.e like a tree would shed leaves.  However, deciduously also makes it sound like I’ve been working very hard.

The album is (currently) called “The Cosmonaut”.  I have some interesting ideas for the final product, too, but I shall keep those under my hermetically sealed space helmet.  Which raises another salient question: does anyone here have a ex-Soviet cosmonaut costume?  It needs to look authentic.  If so, hit me up on my Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/iamFG or on my Twitter http://www.twitter.com/FG_beats.

‘The Cosmonaut’ has a specific number of tunes which, at the moment, varies from 5 to 8 depending on my mood.  It is also a very different album to Making Space.  That is a little odd since it is the sequel to Making Space.   I won’t go into it too much but you can expect an example tune to hit your ears in the next month or so.

In the meantime, remember: A parsec is a measure of distance not time.  Sorry, Han Solo.

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