“His sound is bold, daring and impossible to ignore as he fuses mesmerizing melodies with lusciously layered soundscapes and catchy wordplays. Inspired by the likes of The Kid LAROI, Yelawolf and Mac Miller, he’s known for blurring the line between modern hip-hop, alternative music and contagious pop hooks. Truly a big melting pot of genres that breaks boundaries and inspires the listener.”
Alternative Hip-Hop artist Alkamain today releases his debut single ‘AYEHO’. Better known for his hard hitting sounds in Dweller, Rory Bond’s love of writing music has led to this new solo project. Rory and I caught up earlier this week for a chat about Alkamain and how this solo project came to be.
It’s been a minute since I’ve had a chat with Rory so after 10 minutes of catching up I thought it was time to talk about Alkamain!
So Rory, Alkamain? Where has this come from?
Oh Alkamain! That’s a weird story I suppose. Do you want me to go deep?
Absolutely I do!
I started to try and run away from music a little bit. I was in the studio all the time, drinking and really getting a bit loose. I went off and Muay Thai for a while and had a few fights. I didn’t pick up anything music related for a couple of years. All of a sudden I just started writing fucking Hip-Hop and trying to rap with my friends because I could record it! I was doing that real Aussie style Hip-Hop, and I would show people the songs and they would be ‘yep that’s good, it’s good’ which means its not that good (laughs). I wrote a bunch of songs that weren’t any good. That was quite a few years ago. When Dweller kicked in again all that stuff took a back seat. Once Dweller was off the ground I heard The Kid LAROI for the first time and I thought to myself I reckon I could do that. Maybe I just need to sing more. I wrote a few tracks and people fucking loved them. They were like ‘Fuck yes, this is sick.’ I wrote a few more, and then a few more and then I thought I wonder if Beau (McKee) would record my vocals. I showed him the project and told him that I just wanted to release it, I didn’t know what was going to happen with it, but I just wanted to do it. I asked Beau if he would record me, and he was keen. Beau started recording me, then I showed Steve (Cannatelli) and he loved it and it just sort of grew its own legs a little bit. A little bit like Dweller did. Once its out in the ether and people know about it and they push you. It’s become its own thing. Then I thought if I’m going to do this I have to drop it properly like we did Dweller. So that’s what I’ve done, I’ve been see-sawing between writing the heavy stuff for Dweller and simultaneously writing stuff for this as well. I have a lot on my plate but its good. I prefer it that way I make music in my studio every day, it’s what I love to do. That’s my main passion, shows and stuff are fun and performing is great but for me in my studio is where I am happiest. If I was on death row and they said what do you want to do on your last day on this planet, I would be in my studio. I have 10 tracks written already.
Yeah I write a lot of music. There is a lot of music in the vault right now. I just didn’t want to waste anytime putting it out. I was just ‘Fuck it lets see what happens.’ It’s just gone from there.
AYEHO is the first track to be released. What is the story behind that?
That was the first song I wrote that was a good one. I was drinking one night in my studio with a mate, and I put a beat on and asked him what he thought. He said it was a sick beat and then I just did that ‘and I was like Ayeho’ He was like dude record that right now! That’s a sick hook. The whole line goes “And I was like “AYEHO” Can someone save my soul? Coz I can’t stand this hoe And I just need to let her go like AYEHO… AYEHO.” That track is about this fucking toxic relationship that I had with this chick. She cheated on me and I stayed with her because I loved her and stuff. It just turned into that crazy love; you know when you love someone, but you hate them at the same time. You know that you need to leave but you can’t, and you don’t want to be alone. That’s where the inspiration from that track came from. It’s a pretty straight up and down song really. Most people can relate to having a shitty relationship with someone that you know is never going to work. You make allowances for the shitty stuff that they do, and you know you shouldn’t, but you do it anyway. It puts you into that hole.
Then you come out of that hole feeling like you have no self-worth. You just feel like shit.
That’s where it started, with that track. I found my sound from that track.
Well that hook has been stuck in my head so you’re onto something!
I’m trying to make the songs as catchy as I can with them. Actually no that’s probably a lie. I’m not trying to be as catchy as I can but when I get a good hook I’ll throw it in there.
Seeing as you have 10 songs are you going to put out an album?
I’d like to at least put out an EP. The idea is to just keep recording them for now, I only have two done with Beau so far. Because it’s me by myself I have the freedom to do this however I want. That’s the really nice part about it. I just wanted to drop my music in the pond of all the sounds.
I’ve been showing all my mates my music my whole life and I’ve never had so many people tell me they love something as much as they do the Alkamain stuff. I rocked up to a party the other day, there was probably 100 people there, they were literally screaming Ayeho at the top of their lungs when I walked in. They didn’t even know I was coming, and they were just playing my shit.
And it’s not even released!!
It’s been a really cool thing to happen. I’ll be interested to see how it goes once it’s released
‘Ayeho’ is out now. Take a listen here: