With the Gold Coast’s Home Of The Arts (HOTA) recently re-opening their doors to (COVID safe) live music and performance, 26 July sees the continuation of their Sunday Sessions with an afternoon of bodacious beats billed as ‘For The Love Of Rhyme And Flow’. A celebration of local hip-hop, it features two of this city’s most dynamic emerging hip-hop artists, Saint Lane and Gratis Minds.
Rapper and hip-hop artist Saint Lane (aka Lane Muir), whom we recently featured in the magazine off the back of his moving new number ‘When Did We Grow Up’, has been rapidly amassing an ever-growing following in 2020, with earlier singles ‘The Family’ and ‘Hickeys’ gaining over 500,000 online streams and Triple J air time.
While COVID-19 has limited his performance options of late, Saint Lane has used the enforced live lay-off to get creative in other ways; “It’s surprisingly been pretty good for the creative song-writing process. When I’m touring all the time I really just want to make super hyped up bass heavy tracks that are fun live but this whole COVID period has allowed us to make a bunch of super interesting and experimental records across an entire sonic spectrum.”
The other act on the bodacious double bill, Gratis Minds, consists of wordsmiths and musicians Jon Doe and Jay Orient. The laid back vibes of their home turf, Cabarita Beach, defines the style and outlook of their cruisy, beach driven hip-hop.
As with Saint Lane, the impacts of COVID have driven Gratis Minds to zero in on developing their recorded muse: “At first (with COVID) there was a certain amount of shock, especially because we had a run of really big shows about to commence and it took the sting out of our album. But life is always changing and we must adapt and push forward, so we decided to write more content and build our sound.”
With HOTA offering a COVID-safe plan for both audience and performers, be sure to catch Saint Lane and Gratis Minds this Sunday, 26 July from 2pm. Get your tickets here.
For the final word on what to expect, we’ll leave it to the artists themselves to put you in the zone:
“Its going to be a lot of fun. Expect a lot of stories and some unreleased tunes as well as the popular stuff.” Saint Lane
“We want people to move and let loose. Having seated fans at a show may seem awkward, especially within our genre, but we believe it’s important to adapt and overcome. Our message is the same and it’s apparent in our music – keep your head up, keep moving, adapt, become fearless, work hard and walk with a stride that shines love.” Gratis Minds