If you have been hitting local Hip Hop and beat gigs around Melbourne recently, you most likely saw Sadiva play at one time or another.
One of very few women in the producer scene, she has been gigging hard and relentlessly worked here way through the ranks - to the point where it is almost impossible to find a beat gig that does not have her on the bill. Sadiva is gearing up to an album release later in the year, but in the meantime she's tickling our taste buds with some 'Lethal Chops'.
This tape is a strictly Sadiva beats only. The vocals are currently being cooked up along with the album 'Bodega State Of Mind', which I’m excited to share with you alongside my music partner in crime Soul Journal later in the year.
I approach gigs differently every time. I have my little book with sets I’ve worked on and I’m constantly adding new material. Sometimes I try it out on the night but thats not always the best idea, haha. I don't want to be playing the same thing all the time so I try to mix it up.
Yeah, that trip was dope and I could speak about it for hours. I got to go to open mics all around NYC (EOTW and Legendary Cyphers), I got to shoot my first video clip, I met people who have inspired me. I've been shown endless amounts of love. I was lucky enough to meet Russell Simmons and Jarobi from ATCQ.
I also went down to Arizona to see the infamous Clay Adams and I got to play BeatLAB AZ. I also played New Grand Fridays and this open mic at a Pizza bar. Going to Arizona really opened my eyes to the scene over there and it really inspired me. Every show I played and every person I met really played a huge role in that. It was so special, that whole experience. I gotta shout out Soul Journal, EBE, GUILD and FrizzNilzon for a lot of inspiration and support.
I definitely do. The reason I love the metal face frown is simply his beats, his wordplay, his flow, his delivery - pretty much everything. When I first started listening to hip hop Doom was one that I got hooked on. His music has a lot of influence on me and the beats I make today. I also may have a few doom remixes in the mix.
This comes up a bit. Honestly, it has been incredible how I’ve been so welcomed into this beat scene. I’ve worked really hard and put in just as much effort and energy, as most of these guys, and I think that’s what people see. It is great being able to rep the ladies, and the support I get from my women is such a blessing. I hope to see more female producers step out this year. There are hazards, though. As a female producer you do have to be careful and not be vulnerable, because people do take advantage… but I guess that also applies to everyone.
The scene in Melbourne is popping and the inspiration is everywhere. There are so many artist and communities, like BeatLAB and my family Lab Co. People like Walla C, Entro, Mister Litty, Oxcyde, Mellowolf, Skomes and DJ Lotus Moonchild are just a few to name, who have just given me so much energy. This city truly is filled with amazing talent right now. You can actually catch pretty much most of that talent at my Cassette Launch for Lethal Chops on Saturday 28th Jan at workshop.
Catch Sadiva live this Saturday, as she launches her first ever beat tape 'Lethal Chops' alongside some of Melbourne's finest on the beats.