HMO delivers funky beats with a distinct social and political message

HMO is an MC, musician and producer from the South Coast of NSW. With an organic fusion of instrumentation and electronic elements, HMO’S music channels a range of Genres from early Funk and Soul to Reggae and Blues.

Let’s start by introducing your project: who is HMO it and where is based?

HMO is an MC, musician and producer from the South Coast of NSW.

With an organic fusion of instrumentation and electronic elements, HMO’S music channels a range of Genres from early Funk and Soul to Reggae and Blues.

HMO is inspired by funk bands such as The Meters and James Brown, along with Hip Hop artists such as A Tribe Called Quest, Ice Cube, J Cole and a host of new Australian Hip Hop artists.

HMO’s music aims to deliver funky beats with a distinct social and political message.

HMO standing on a stair

 

How was your 2019 so far?

This year was super exciting for HMO.

In 2019, I released my debut EP and did a short headline East Coast tour which saw me do gigs in Sydney, Wollongong, Melbourne and regional Victoria.

I had the opportunity to play shows with some amazing artists and refine the elements of what I do in the studio live.

It also gave me a great opportunity to bring my message and my music to a range of new audiences.

What’s the most exciting thing that happened to you recently?

The most exciting thing that recently happened would definitely have to be the release of my debut EP and the responses and reviews I have had from blogs like Happy Mag, Beat Magazine, ABC Radio and even LiveTrigger have been awesome with the interview to Southern Entertainment.

 

Where do you get inspiration and how do you create your music?

I really love funk and soul music and old school rap.

Hearing guys like Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye just really inspire me.

However, I also have a love of all things musical and grew up on bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam.

So much classical music inspires me and I love the composition process.

I really like arranging my music in the studio and making beats.

I guess I find inspiration in great music that has a message or comes from a place of heartache and pain.

At the moment I would have to say the current state of the world plays a huge part in shaping my message also.

Who are your favourite artists in your local scene and how did they influence your style & sound?

By local scene, it would have to be Australia wide because I currently live in coastal NSW and there isn’t really much of a rap scene down here but I really respect guys like Johniepee who is doing great things at the moment.

But to be really honest, I don’t try and channel anyone or any particular sound when I write.

I really just start with a chord progression, a melody or a beat, add the other instruments, add the samples and just see where it all goes.

HMO on the stage

 

What’s the best live music show you’ve seen recently?

The best live show I have recently seen (which I guess it is a while back now) would have to be Wu Tang Clan at Sydney Opera House.

Those guys are amazing and are true legends of the Hip Hop world.

I still can’t believe I was lucky enough to see them.

 

What is your best and your worst memory on the road?

My worst memory on the road would have to be cruising down the Hume Highway with Azza-D for our Melbourne shows and seeing the fuel light come on fifty kilometres from the nearest petrol station.

I seriously thought we were going to run out of petrol.

My best memory on the road would be playing my headline show at Laundry Bar in Melbourne for the Heightened Modus Operandi Tour and just feeling really awesome about how all the rehearsal, planning and promotion for the tour had come together.

It was an awesome night.

 

What do you think about Livetrigger?

I really love the platform and just absolutely love that these guys are helping independent artists such as myself reach new audiences.

They also provide ways for me to advertise gigs, connect with other artists and they do all this for free.

A great initiative and I really can see this being part of the Australian musical landscape into the future.