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Ciecmate talks BTE, Hospice Crew and music biz in 2016

26 Aug 2016 spotlight words by Terence Ill
Ciecmate talks BTE, Hospice Crew and music biz in 2016

Ciecmate has been a part of and a contributor to the Australian Hip Hop scene for over 20 years.

The now Melbourne-based rapper, producer and head of Broken Tooth Entertainment made some time to sit down with me and reflect on his journey and his roots in the mid-90's Canberra Hip Hop scene.


Last year Peanutbutter Wolf, CEO and founder of Stones Throw Records, was asked in and interview what advice he would give to anyone who’s trying to start a record label in 2015. His response was "…don’t do it!". Would you second that?

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It says in your label mission statement "Broken Tooth Entertainment was launched in 2003 to apply some much needed dental work to the local Hip Hop scene in Australia." What or who was spoiling the scene for you at the time?

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The scene here in Melbourne is very versatile. Do you appreciate other people’s interpretation of what the Hip Hop scene is to them and how they live the culture? Or are you like, "Nah, that’s not Hip Hop to me"?

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There is so much to choose from but a lot of people seem to stick to what they know and never make an effort to check out what else there is. Like, you stick to your clique kind-of-thing.

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It seems like one would miss out on a lot of things with that attitude.

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You said before that you're wearing a lot of hats. Is it convenient to have all these options to choose from as creative outlets, depending on what you feel like?

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Obese Records closed down a few months ago. How did that effect you as a label? Did it stuff you around?

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How did Newsense get involved in BTE, did he join when it was already established or was he there from the start?

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The roots of BTE go back to Hospice Crew. When did Hospice come to life, 1996ish?

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Hospice Crew Stormwater CoverHospice Crew Stormwater album cover

Word on the street is Stormwater was funded with a government grant. True?

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Could you have done BTE and made it what it is today from Canberra - if you had stayed there and not moved to Melbourne?

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How do you find the artists you sign? Are they usually people you are already friends with - people from within your circles? Or do you just see someone at a gig and go “I want that dude on BTE”

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There is this term that keeps popping up, “Fourse”. It’s even mentioned on the Stormwater artwork. I’m told it stands for Four Storey Empire. What’s that all about?

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When you started BTE, where did you think it would all go? Looking back, did everything work out the way you thought it would?

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Last time I saw you play you supported Lord Finesse and Large Pro. Do you still get excited about those gigs, does it still mean something? Also, given your rep and the connections you would have built over the last 20 years, do you find it’s easier to get into those slots when the opportunity arises?

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What’s in the pipeline from BTE for the near future?

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