Interview

Interview // 4ESydney & Vyvienne Abla

In the wake of the COVID-19 global pandemic, life as know it has grinded to a halt. While the economy tanks, businesses close and medical services fear overloading, the arts community has also been left by the wayside. This year was meant to be a milestone instalment for Western Sydney’s premier HipHop and culture event […]

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Feature

F*ck It Mask On // A Visual History of the Face Mask

In today’s apocalyptic climate, one piece of fashion/protective equipment has shot to the forefront of public consciousness – the humble face mask. As a way of concealing identity or for personal protection, the face mask is an obvious solution. As a part of streetwear fashion however, there is a story to tell. From its origins […]

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News

4ESydney Festival: The Home of HipHop

Here at deadset, our mission is to dig deeper into the issues and ideas that underly seemingly disposable pop culture. Right now, rap/hip-hop is having a moment globally and locally and 4ESydney is a movement out of Western Sydney that embraces all these aspects. The festival focuses on multi-art disciplines, music and local culture through […]

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Feature

Hayley Williams VS The World

Former pop punk princess turned Debbie Harry for millennials Hayley Williams is in the process of a solo reinvention. After years of fronting Paramore through ups and downs, her own music was released mid-February as her Petals for Armor project. It is Part 1 of a full album to be released later in 2020, and […]

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Interview

Balming Tiger: Making Kpop Weird

Balming Tiger are a South Korean arts and music collective with a penchant for the eclectic. Their sound is diverse, and hits like the Ritalin-deprived lovechild of Odd Future and meme-era Awkwafina. Their latest single “KOLO KOLO” released a few weeks ago is a zany, jungle-soul track that flips between English, and nonsensical gibberish lyrics. […]

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Feature

Eminem: “When will it end?”

On standout track “Darkness”, Eminem takes aim at gun control in the US, adopting the perspective of the 2017 Las Vegas shooter to highlight the darkness in these perpetrators’ minds, and the absurd frequency at which these events occur.

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Feature

Onefour: An Australian Hip-Hop Story

On the outskirts of Australian well-to-do society, Western Sydney is commonly stereotyped as a crime-ridden backwater. However, for a group of young rap enthusiasts, Mt Druitt is a home they are proud of. Onefour is a collective of a young men using music as a gateway to a better life. Their hard-hitting style of rap […]

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Feature

Stupid Boy Think That I Need Him // Pop Music & Fourth Wave Feminism

It’s been a wild few years to be a woman in the entertainment industry. The open secret of sexual exploitation and misogynistic power-plays has been blown wide open to a scrutinising public eye. The music industry is no exception, with many artists taking a stand for gender equality creatively and financially. This contemporary wave of […]

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