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Alaska’s hip-hop is ready to explode
By Eli Wray | 23 September 2008

Finally, there is hip-hop with manners. The best part is that It’s right here in Anchorage. Founded by local emcee Odyssey, Indefinate Etticate is on the rise. Their mission: hip-hop with a message.

“Its not the radio shake ya booty kind of [stuff],” Odyssey said. “I have a message I want to get across. It’s not all super serious, there’s some funny stuff too.”

Odyssey went to West High School, where he got his start. He would freestyle with friends and eventually met Dr. Hayden. Together, they formed AKMCS. After doing music for some snowmobile videos, and touring Alaska and Canada, AKMCS collaborated with Strictly Stereo and Silonz to create lyrical thunderstorm: Hip Hop Anonymous.

Odyssey broke off from the group to pursue a solo career and met beat creator, Ken Houston. After picking up DJ Solo to operate the turntables, Indefinate Etticate was born. The group released their second CD, ‘Simple Creatures’, in 2007, and at least one more is on the way. The new album features many beats from DJ Solo.

All of their previous records have been on Odyssey’s label, Evil Agency Records. Evil Agency is considered an independent or an “indie” label. A company is only completely independent once they are able to manufacture all of their products without any outside help.

“I’d like Evil Agency Records to go fully independent,” Odyssey said. “I’m starting to stockpile everything you need for that, like sticker machines and record copiers. I want to take it as far as I can.”

Even though he aims high, Odyssey still knows where he is from. He represents his state in almost all of his songs and has pride for his home. If Evil Agency expands, he wants to keep the center of operations right here in Alaska.

“It’s always going to be home here,” Odyssey said. “I’d really like to see the Alaska hip-hop scene expand a little bit. I’m stoked to see people get more interested and into it.”

Whether you’ve seen it or not, the hip-hop scene here in Anchorage is getting bigger. Over the past two years acts such as Tech N9ne, E-40, Too Short, Atmosphere, and D4L have come here, and things are just starting. On Sept. 25, Tech N9ne is coming back and Indefinate Etticate is opening for the show.

“We actually opened for Tech9 last year,” Odyssey said. “Hopefully this show will be bigger and better. Last time it was in the basement of Club Millennium. That was a little cramped, so we get more space this time.”

Indefinate Etticate is about to get a lot more space. With the increasing local interest, the group is booking gigs everywhere around Anchorage and the valley. Even though they have a lot going on right now, their sights are set on the future.

“I’d like to go on tour. For me, it’s all about the live shows. I write music so I can perform it live,” Odyssey said. “We are also featured on some extreme sports movies coming out soon. I want to do more of that. Basically, [we want to] keep doing what we’re doing, just on a bigger scale.”

IE (Indefinate Etticate) is influenced by artists like Hieroglyphics, Living Legends, Grey Skull and KRS-One. They have opened for many different acts including: Del tha Funkee Homosapien, Abstract Rude, Chali 2Na from Jurassic 5, Zion-I, 36 Crazyfists and Delmag.

“I’ve always considered myself diverse,” Solo said. “I try to keep things fresh, and look for new sounds. I collect a lot of old records and mix them together to create new sounds you’ve never heard before.”

If you haven’t heard them before, their music is online at myspace.com. You can also buy their CD at cdbaby.com. After the Sept. 25 show, their next appearance will be at Platinum Jaxx on Oct. 30. And Odyssey promises one thing:

“We keep the records coming as fast as we can make it, we’re no half-steppers. If people haven’t heard about us yet, they will soon.”

For more information on the band, visit their website at www.indefinateetticate.com. - Eli Wray


http://illaska.com/news/item/171-indefinate-etticate-interview.html - illaska.com


Discography

"indefinate etticate" (full length self titled)
available for free download @ indefinateetticate.com

"Simple Creatures" (full length Itunes)

"Umbrella Music" (full length Itunes)
video for "my friend" featured on Umbrella Music can be watched @ youtube.com

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Bio

I am Michael "Odyssey" Courtney and I was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska but recently moved to the Seattle to pursue my dreams. For over ten years Ive been spreading my passion for hip hop through melodic stories revealing my inner most feelings, fears, and emotions. I feel I make music "regular" people can relate to and also give hope to many who at times feel hollow inside. I have performed on every stage AK has to offer and have also toured through Canada, California , Washington , Oregon , Nevada , Utah , Colorado ,New York, Florida and more. we have had the opportunity to share stages with many hip hop legends including the following: Deltron, Pep Love, Domino, Tajai, Knowbody, A-plus, Opio, Casual(all of Heiroglyphics but seperate occasions), Murs, Luckyiam, Scarub, Zion i, The Grouch, Eligh (all of the Living Legends), Sage Francis Swollen Members, Aesop rock, Big Wiz, Rob sonic, kosha dillz, Bukue 1, dj Rhetmatic, Macklemore, Charli Tuna of Jurrasic 5, Mac lethal, tech n9ne , dj zac hendrix, devin the dude, Mickey Avalon, Scarface, Abstract Rude, B real of Cypress Hill, Medusa, Brother Ali, Bkone, Andre Nickatina, Redman, Method man, Ghostfacekilla, and even some bands such as 36 crazyfists, Delmag, City in Ashes, Paperback Hero and many more! . My music has also been featured in too many extreme sports movies to mention them all including "on the pipe 5" by Powberband films, "since we last spoke" by Lipstick films, Sled Porn, Turnagain Hardcore,"Hit it Pussy" by Dane Furgeson and many more. My first album is available for free download @ indefinateetticate.com Simple Creatures and Umbrella Music are available on itunes and my newest album "The Odyssey of Doctor Wax" is dropping this summer. I believe my work ethic when it comes to music is beyond most and I will continue to evolve as an artist and person. My live performances are what make me successful as an artist and I make believers and fans out of any crowd. If Im not drenched in sweat signing Cd's after my set then i didn't do my job.