For those of you who have been living under a rock, Chris Lilley’s eagerly anticipated follow-up to Summer Heights High, Angry Boys, made its debut on ABC last Wednesday. If you watched it – along with about 1.3 million other Australian viewers – you may have noticed Daniel from Dunt blasting Chase Baker’s track “I’m So Brooklyn” from his mum’s Pulsar while doing ‘music mainies’. I spoke to TMV’s executive producer Jamaka and rapper Chase Baker about how this opportunity came about.
So Jamaka, how did the Angry Boys producers find out about TOO MUCH VARIETY RECORDS (TMV) and your music?
Jamaka: Clyde “Splash” Boraine, who plays S.Mouse’s best friend in the show and is a member of the TMV family, told me that the producers were looking for original music for the show. Clyde is co-host on YOU ALREADY KNOW! (the TMV produced radio show). I asked Clyde to give them my details and they got in touch and gave me a brief of what they were after – basically hip hop tracks to use in the show. I selected a few songs from the TMV Family album, Chase Baker’s sampler album and other tracks from our catalogue and sent them. They came back and were interested in I’m So Brooklyn, which was great news. I pushed for another track (gotta do the hustle!), specifically “It’s My Time” which was going to be the Australian single from Chase’s album. They eventually decided to use 3 more tracks, all by Chase as they felt he really fit the sound they wanted.
Is Angry Boys going to be shown outside Australia? What impact will this have on Chase’s career?
Jamaka: Yes. It’s co-produced by ABC (AUS), BBC (UK) and HBO (US), so there will be staggered releases across these locations. I’ve heard that it might also do well in Asia because of Jen the Tiger Mom, so we’re hopeful.
Firstly, it creates a great platform for us to generate publicity for Chase specifically, but also for TMV more generally. Secondly, it should generate some cashflow, which any self funded independent music label can appreciate! This translates into more money for marketing and publicity too.
I’d like to thank the mighty Chris Lilley and the team at Princess Pictures, we are very excited and appreciative of the opportunity.
Chase, firstly, I have to ask, do you know what a mainy is?
Chase: Is that like a Chap Lap (driving up and down Chapel Street)? Yeah? Cool, I get it.
How do you feel about people listening to your music while doing mainies?
Chase: I’m cool with that. People who blast my music in their cars are really noticeable and that’s more exposure for me and my music.
What’s the Brooklyn equivalent of a mainy?
Chase: We don’t have a name for it, but definitely people with a nice car, a nice system will be blasting music on the corner, especially in the Summer when the weather’s nice.
What do you think about Daniel’s rapping (My name is Daniel, I drive a manual)? Any chance of a collab in the future?
Chase: He has potential! All artists start off at that learning stage, but a collaboration in the future could definitely be on the cards.
If I want to get the track/s, where can I get them?
Jamaka: They’ll be available shortly on iTunes, along with Chase Baker’s upcoming album.
Angry Boys was the highest rating show in its time slot and the ABC’s highest rating show this year. We’ll be watching Clyde and listening for more from Chase as the series goes on. In the meantime, you can listen to a few of the songs at www.reverbnation.com/chasebakerbrooklyn
Angry Boys is on ABC1 at 9pm on Wednesdays, and repeated on ABC2. You can also watch it on http://www.abc.net.au/iview/