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Aura Grenade

DJ, Producer, Graff Artist / Melbourne, Australia
MUSIC: Downtempo, Electro-breaks, Electro-house, Hip Hop, Progressive, Progressive House, Reggae, Tribal
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TRACKS / MIXES:
Getting A Little Mashed (Progressive House) · Listen · Report
Jamaica Town (Progressive House) · Listen · Report

BIOGRAPHY
I am 31 years old, I work full time as a Duty Manager for Sofitel in Melbourne. I have been playing keyboard since I was 16 years old and played in a reggae band for 3 years. My mother owned a nightclub/bar in Melbourne and I used to perform there and be the DJ. In 1995 my music had ceased and I worked on my graffiti art career which took me into the very high ranks Australia wide. I suppose now I have done a full circle and now I am writing and producing music again.
This all came about because my partner was heavily into DJing and producing electronic music. I guess I was not going to be one of those women that was scared to touch all the gear and see what it all does.
Now after 3 years of sitting down in our studio and building up my favourite tools to produce on I am finally composing some sounds that I would actually enjoy hearing out on a big system. After many hours of schooling from Jasefos and my partner Trevor I am enjoying the freedom of composing and producing my own works.
Eventually I would like to be signed to a label that is moving with the times and gives my music a direction and a platform to exhibit itself. In the long term I would like to travel for my music and be able to play all that I have made, live and direct, either Djing my own tunes or playing in an electronic cypha with like minds.
For the present time I am happy making music that is enjoyed by whoever decides to listen to it. I have mangaed to create my own small knit fan base online and in my own circle of friends. I am independant and have not been exposed to the music industry yet but I am not afraid to do so in the same note.
Graffit-
It all started from a young age when I enjoyed sitting quietly for hours drawing pictures for my parents. I think it was because we moved house so often and they were always renovating that I had no where to play. I guess it seemed easier to sit away from the noise and draw in a quiet corner and entertain myself. The love of drawing and painting became really apparent when all of my schoolwork and assignments allways came with picture and decoration. My favoutite thing to do was all of the headings for projects and I was never afraid to use glitter. Through my high school years I was tormented in the fact that there were only academic subjects which was cramping my fulfilment of learning to expand my creative ability. Finally in year 12 I decided to leave the boardem behind and persue something that was going to be at least interesting to me. So I enrolled in a state school and then it all began. I think that the first inspiration came from a Melbourne writer who wrote Panik. I think the day that I laid eyes on his folio of graffiti artwork it all made sense. Panik painted my mums bar Big Bamboo in 1994 and I watched this artwork of Bob Marley unfold and I couldn\'t believe how amazing and lifelike it was. At my mothers club we used to host a night called the Boomin System which was run by Cash, Chrissy, Excell, Arthur and David. At this event I never saw so many graff writers and crews all hanging out together bumping heads to phat hip hop. I suppose the inspiration of so many people into an underground scene was exciting. There was only one thing left to do, which was start getting active and involved, so I did. I was bombing everything I could to get this tag AURA up and kept it underground so much that most of the writers in the scene thought that it was another dude. To me it was about representing graffiti not about , \"oh how cool it\'s a chick\". After hooking up with other writers and going on missions interstate and locally the word got out. People couldn\'t believe that this was getting done by me. I had to stand firm ground in this male dominated scene and not get walked over, probably one of the hardest things to combat. Once all had settled the real action was beginning and the love of painting murals and bouncing ideas around like minds began. I have painted on many a saturday arvo, night mission and any other prime time, painting was put first and the addiction grew. I think it took me 10years to work out my own style and understand what it is all about and now when I paint anything it is personal it\'s not for display. For about 6 years I paintedd where nobody would have seen my work, but it\'s funny how people apparently know all about it. All of those walls exist now only as photographs and joinups, but now I guess thats all the proof I have, none better I reckon. People can build names to hide behind but the proof is all visual. I have painted a few projects along the way also, such as channel nine\'s Footy Show, The Centenary of Federtion Parade float, Bass Anger backdrop, Mildura Youth Club, Essendon Youth Club. I was also affiliated with local councils such as Footscray City Council, Flemington Creative Arts and Marribrynong City Council. My painting career came to a grinding holt when some personal issues came into play and I lost my painting partner to our relationship of 10 years falling apart, so for the last four years it has been dificult to enter into this arena again. I decided to take up my music again and get into production and explore my other creative abilities which I am aslo enjoying. For my music I thought that I had to create a name that is still tied into a name that I had built over so long, so I came up with Aura Grenade. This means me, blowing up the spot, or explosions of many aura\'s, colours or sounds. I think it describes me in a nutshell. Currently, it is hard to keep painting if you don\'t have a buddy or a colleague to bounce off but I have decided that I need to push harder and start working back on something that I loved so much. I hope that I can find that girl again inside me and morph those skills back into the woman I have turned out to be.


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