Singled Out: Dialekt's Fortress
It was near the top floor of the Meriton in Brisbane where myself, Xy Latu & Wayne Tauvao aka Wizzkidd along with a few others were raising glasses to another opportunity seized.
The Mac Book Pro with the usual studio was set up and ready to go for collaboration with Bone Thugs. A friend of ours had organised the show and also a recording session with the iconic group.
After going through a slew of different beats, we chose one and started coming up with some ideas. An hour later the phone rings, Bone ain't coming. They missed their flight, which means the show and recording session was called off.
The organizer didn't take it well and removed himself from the room. We sat there for a while in silence. Not complaining or showing our disappointment but instead looking around the room and out the window which revealed the whole of Brisbane city and surrounding areas.
It was almost in unison that the 3 of us agreed to cook something else up. The studio was there, the penthouse paid for (who knows how) and obviously the creative energy was present.
The rest of what occurred is self-explanatory. If you listen to the track, the whole record is metaphorical. There are pieces of my past which I address and there is a strong theme based on motivation and turning hardship into opportunity.
Xy nailed the hook; it complimented the verses perfectly, and with that beat!! Game over! The music video begins with a short film which symbolises some of the negative aspects to the music industry.
There are definitely a lot of layers to this record!! It was made to be picked apart and looked further into. That's the beauty of it. There's a lot of structure to a fortress, so I wanted to reflect that same structure from a lyrical point of view.