Halfkast and The Grand Audio Family

Halfkast and The Grand Audio Family

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It’s that funky hip hop groove with rock surging though its veins, a forging of sounds and ideas where everyone is invited.

Biography

..:HalfKast and The Grand Audio Family:...

If you’ve been searching for that grand sounding, body rocking, no holds bar musical extravaganza, well look no further.

Long time writing partners HalfKast and Zen Phase won’t ever hesitate to say that they have always made to music for everyone, because music is what can bring people together. In order to get the live sound precise, they’ve sought the most talented and innovative musicians in Brisbane to help turn their ideas into reality. The result is:HalfKast and The Grand Audio Family.

HalfKast and The Grand Audio Family are Brisbane’s ultimate big band for the modern music lover. Its music that makes you move from the back of the venue to the front of the stage and into the care free sweat soaked crowd. Its music for those who love to nod their head, move the body and rock out in the chorus. It’s that funky hip hop groove with rock surging though its veins, a forging of sounds and ideas where everyone is invited.

So have a listen, tell a friend and come along to a show. We’re recruiting for the family.

......:ABOUT HALFKAST:......

Benjamin Wood (aka HalfKast) has been an active member in the Brisbane Hip Hop and live music scene for the past five years.

In 2005 HalfKast competed in Channel [V]’s Aussie Friggin’ Hip-Hop competition, in which he placed 3rd out of ten thousand emcees. Since then HalfKast has been working hard as a solo performer and band member to a high degree of success.

HalfKast's unique style and versatility has seen him perform at various music festivals and supporting national and international acts like:

GURU of Gangstarr (USA)
People Under The Stairs (USA)
Scribe
Bliss ‘n’ Eso
Jackson Jackson
The Winnie Coopers
Afrodizziact
Fast Crew
Downsyde
Botanics.
Bluejuice

In 2008, with his new band The Grand Audio Family, HalfKast and his crew have set thier sights on taking the next step in in producing a truely unique sound for the Australian music lover.

.......:WHAT SOME HAVE SAID:........

"From the opening flows of ‘Living To Dream’ it’s crystal clear that this isn’t your run of the mill hip-hop, escaping clichés and delivering a positive, uplifting attitude that adds a little melody to the clever lyrics and overall vibe."
- Time Off Magazine – Brisbane

"The EP blends hip-hop, funk and drum and bass in a style that uniquely sounds like Brisbane. Turn Up The Volume sounds like pop from start to finish, perfectly designed for radio play. This is tightly constructed, working class hip hop."
- Rave Magazine – Brisbane

"His musicianship and lyrical skills are unique and exciting, the use of grooves and rhythms he utilises are indicative of an international style. I believe that Ben (HalfKast) has the ability and charisma to have mass appeal in the commercial and alternative markets."
- Chrisse Feros: Director of Voiceworx Brisbane and winner of the John Lennon Song Writing Award. www.sonicbids.com/chrisseferos

"HalfKasts ability to mix up his flow and voice with ease is one of the main reasons as to why I think he’d be so warmly accepted by the wider Australian public. I found it almost comforting to know that there is so much up and coming talent in the local music scene and especially that they’re pushing boundaries and making some dope music."
- www.ozhiphop.com

"A marriage of rock and rap made in heaven. It’s a bit less serious, a bit more gritty, real and a little less-manufactured. It has soul."
- www.inthemix.com.au

Lyrics

With you, With Me

Written By: Benjamin Wood

With You, With Me.

-Hey Mum and Dad, for your child you had, big plans, specific times dreams in hand,
-Harder on my mother, you’d clench your chest, confessed how I stressed you when I second guessed you,
-Quit meddling and pestering me, so defense full, and your like, “all I want is the best, its essential”,
-You saw the potential, and wouldn’t have a bar, when you saw poor report on those report cards,
-Out repertoire fights of compassion, trying to find myself and yet give you satisfaction,
-Out rift seems to persist in width, I insist your mission to drive me is a perfect gift,
-I might have missed the mark to being a rich, physio, doctor lawyer economist,
-just support me in the things I choose and your dream of a professional will come true,

-Wherever you are, wherever you be,
-I am with you, with me,
-Whenever awake, whenever asleep,
-I am with you, with me
-Whenever you smile, whenever you weep,
-I am with you with me,

-Hey father,
-You’ve worked harder and spent, almost every waking moment going farther from home,
-I admire you and respect your load, so much of your time invested was on the road,
-A sad young child, with a counterfeit smile, but now I thank my stars for this lifestyle,
-You’d come back to things you wouldn’t expect, “are they tatts, a nose ring, have you got dreds?”
-You still feel me and haven’t forgotten, that in the sixties you had long hair and bell bottoms,
-Your son’s gotten older and times slipped so quick, but you’ll always remain the same, so unselfish,
-So humbled and stunned that a man so bold, puts a name to the phrase- worth his weight in gold,
-I’m not a casualty, a strange fruit you see, truth the apple don’t land far from the family tree.

-Wherever you are, wherever you be,
-I am with you, with me,
-Whenever awake, whenever asleep,
-I am with you, with me
-Whenever you smile, whenever you weep,
-I am with you with me,

-We’re so close and generations apart, there’s mad aggravation, that makes us go crazy,
-When I need to escape, my mates are my salvation, there always there to save me, (whatever the case be),
-They let me explain from the pit of my heart and are patient from the minute I start to finish,
-When I’m done I’m a bit dumbstruck, but man I can’t believe how lucky I am,
-For the chance of life that you’ve given me here, the chance to pick the people I’m calling my peers,
-The chance to be myself in though and appearance and know I’m with you when there’s no adherence,
-Nobody knows how the future assembles or how close to your path mine will resemble,
-The nutrients the food for my roots is bliss, know your influence has been absorbed by this kid.

-Wherever you are, wherever you be,
-I am with you, with me,
-Whenever awake, whenever asleep,
-I am with you, with me
-Whenever you smile, whenever you weep,
-I am with you with me,

Living To Dream

Written By: Benjamin Wood


Living to Dream

-This time and place, yeah it aint for me
-Im’a keep my pace and keep it easy, ,
-Knowing that chance will one day find me,
-Whatever the case im living to dream,

-I got my rent due a few cents for food, but in the end I trust some crust will enter and come on through,
-Not fussed about trends and tricks that new, I’m done with depending on never ending fickle views,
-And cyclical news, hypocrites to no end, but I stick with who fits in sync and those are my friends,
-Vogues come and go, deliver hope and lies, mine’s a little uncouth, I still cruise on by,
-Cause personal merchandise, makes no one noble, life nowadays is so disposable,
-Must know that’s what ample is that I’ve got, be a glad of what I am, is exactly, what I’m not,
-no need to sook or try climb higher, be jealous looking on a life that’s seem much brighter,
-I’m not lying idle, I’m smiling and keen, as times wasting I’ll be chasing as I’m living to dream

-This time and place, yeah it aint for me
-Im’a keep my pace and keep it easy, ,
-Knowing that chance will one day find me,
-Whatever the case im living to dream,

-I got no choice threads and that’s ok cause im a homely kind of guy,
-And im never lonely cause my mates relate, so dress codes dude they don’t apply,
-And when there’s an air or frustration, I count to ten and try my best,
-And think about the things that I have right now, I don’t complain and save my breath,-cause
-I got a sunrise that’s endless,
-I got my mind and drive and independence,
-I never ever act on vengeance, when im trying to find some leverage
-“CANT STOP?”
-Im always too restless,
-a little bent for normal measures, and
-I got this two word sentence said right here with this ice cold beverage,
-”THAT’S TOPS

-This time and place, yeah it aint for me
-Im’a keep my pace and keep it easy, ,
-Knowing that chance will one day find me,
-Whatever the case im living to dream,

-They say
-its life, it’s a competition, gotta picture a sport and the first position,
-Its short or long, strive to be strong, grind away time and days, die old and grey,
-It’s like a maze, gotta pay attention, even if seeking perfection may stray you wrong directions,
-And protection is needed it’s a dangerous place, strange and tetchy, weird and unsafe,
-But that’s our existence with its faults and shorts, be persistent in your course and don’t halt or stop,
-It kinda forces, to bind rhythm of thought, and simply the given mind can live outta the box
-Being wary is fine, being scared is a crime, so be sacred and patient and aware of time,
-Cause things will get better, be willing and keen to be contented for the moment and be living to dream

-This time and place, yeah it aint for me
-Im’a keep my pace and keep it easy, ,
-Knowing that chance will one day find me,
-Whatever the case im living to dream,

Turn Up The Volume

Written By: Benjamin Wood


Turn up The Volume

I Been Working till my muscles torn,
See it through till the season drops,
Get up and do it in the morn
Turn up the volume, harvest the crop,

-Punch the clock out of the office,
-Sayonara to the boss and I’m off yes,
-At Five on Fri better know I’m a goner, when
-Its thirty nine outside, it’s a far better offer,
-It’s a sauna stench, but I’m out of the cauldron,
-Forget about my work bench and the weekly doldrums,
-A cold one to tickle my vocal chords,
-I go La, la, la,
-Now as I wait outside, escape out of my binds, say hello to the landscape, goodbye to my tie,
-There’s Jailbait, I’m that older guy,
-She goes La, la, la
-Why does her attraction seem so crass? I guess your only as old as the age you act,
-Adult lessons is my wage today,
-I go La, la, la,
-And that’s okay me,

Been Working till my muscles torn,
See it through till the season drops,
Get up and do it in the morn
Turn up the volume, harvest the crop,

-These friends of mine says they’re over the hill, but they haven’t even hit the slope,
-My mates days are losing the thrill, everyday is like a tightening rope,
-Don’t know why, they don’t feel the future, amiss living in the past,
-A Wasted life, is one persisting to insist you’re always missing the mark
-A token age bracket passed, a year’s revolution,they’ll always be time a wasted and broken resolutions,
-They’ll always be short falls, dead ends and no solutions, they’ll always be tall orders with no contributions,
-It’s hard enough keeping your head above the water, trying to eat, work and stay alive in so much disorder,
-But in these occasions, you need to stop and pause, see if you argue your limitations be sure they’re yours,
Because,

Been Working till my muscles torn,
See it through till the season drops,
Get up and do it in the morn
Turn up the volume, harvest the crop,

-When you’re young you want to be older, and when your older you want to be young,
-At one point you’ll want to turn the clocks back, but to begin with you’re jumping the gun,
-Too find that character that you have to capture, that desire, oh so strong,
-But every year you get a little bit wiser, and realise you’ve know yourself all along,
-Everything about life man its so cliché, but the clichés we say seem to be the truth,
-You can be youthful in mind and long in the tooth, while being steady headstrong and completely confused,
-It’s the journey of you, the calm and stress, the straight roads and turns that ongoing process,
-And when it gets too much and a little too hard, let out this simple sigh and go la, la, la,

Been Working till my muscles torn,
See it through till the season drops,
Get up and do it in the morn
Turn up the volume, harvest the crop,

Set Me Free

Written By: Benjamin Wood

Set Me Free

-With everything I’ve got feels locked and constricting, conflicting on me thinking about the ends that be,
-So much in front, to touch, to taste, You can make such head way, yet, there’s so much at stake,
-I grab, then sigh for intentional renewal, but my drive seem futile without parental approval,
-I Listen and be conditioned, as petitions demand, increase admissions degree submissions just to stand,
-Now buried in a heavy-duty workload, ferried to better community now embeded in this lengthy road,
-To aim for fame, create a great name; sustain a monetary gain ways at higher rates paid,
-So much discussed about distressed success, doesn’t suck when it’s such a mess to get this happiness,
-Constant unresting pesters my daily grind, with my eyes on a prize, gotta prise myself from this life,

-C’mon I have to heed,
-Find some head space, let me breath,
-Find my place and let me be,
-Until I can, set me free,

-Your not born wrong or choose beliefs at first, children loose their destinies and worth further from birth,
-Who do I represent with a positive intent, being inventive in culture make no sense at all,
-Watch the enterprise rise, stigmatise eyes, watch individual’s instinct’s demised,
-Defined by what we acquire, from designer shops, whether we can even afford it or not
-Individual means select a mentioned sections, then invisible you seem in the intended spectrum,
-The fearless the fearful, the honest, deceitful, names mean nothing if we’re all wicked people?,
-Makes you think, why’s there so much to fight, there has to be more to life than what’s seen in our sights,
-This pigeonholes is too small for us to dwell, set me free from this holding cell on sale,

-C’mon I have to heed,
-Find some head space, let me breath,
-Find my place and let me be,
-Until I can, set me free,

What Could She Be Thinking?

Written By: Benjamin Wood


What could she be thinking?

-It gets so,
-exacerbating how encapsulating I give big raps the fact is you make me smile,
-Style and grace any time and place your fascinating, transcending on me to make my mind race wild,
-So, transactions pending, spending these spells with her are well-spent pennies, letting you know you deserve,
-These words of confession, I best fess up cause, this tensions been breeding consuming so Im forced,
-To gamble cant stand still, im messing with fate, as mates say, stand fast, chill out and just wait,
-But when you’re so close, I just hold my nerves, so the superfluous I feel is in these chosen words,
-Hey Miss this bond I feel more fond its true, and the gist of this might make you a little confused,
-In a minute or few, it might be over im thinking, but im holding on and hoping it’s a new beginning,

-What could she be thinking?
-I don’t Know
-What could she be thinking?
-Love wont you tell me so
-What could she be thinking?
-Cause you know that I have tried
(-What could she be thinking?
-When I look into her eyes)

-You sneak discreetly into a fleeting thought, move in and take a seat like you’re the queen of the court,
-Speaking, court me you ought to be down and next ta, with your crown, here my king I’ve got your sceptre,
-Im susceptible to your suggestion and request, like a spell’s been cast and im MacBeth,
-Thinking of you endless, it’s a stress, must I forgo this obsession to keep this friendship, cause
-when im asleep you appear so teasing, behind my eyelids your charm stokes up,
-You nabbed my hand, I grabbed your arm, we start kissing, slowly, sensually that’s when I woke up,
-I’m so fussed I cant lust after this lady, maybe I should buck up and savour these notions, and
-Honour you justly shelve these emotions; but deep as they may be I gotta absolve this devotion,

-What could she be thinking?
-I don’t Know
-What could she be thinking?
-Love wont you tell me so
-What could she be thinking?
-Cause you know that I have tried
-What could she be thinking?
-When I look into her eyes

-Now when I call you baby,
I don’t crave you and its all right, -Cause I’ll
-Always be there when your aching,
Laying tender to have a cry,
-Noting breaks this tie- you know me,
soul mates until the end,- Cause
-Love flies its way blindly,
But I’m your ally and best friends,
-You’ll never see me get jealous, when some fella is showing you love,
-Its best that I leave, give him the seat, you do your thing, ill go pick up,
-And we’ll fight, feud, probably do it again, loose our heads but time heals and quickly mends, cause,
-You’re a movie that moves me, an Oscar that shines, an accomplished score id truly choose to rewind,
-We’ve played though that scene and situation, we’re on same wave length and tuned in station,
-And we can say these things without even speaking,
and I know in my bones that’s what your thinking’
(That’s what you’re thinking right?)

-What could she be thinking?
-I don’t Know
-What could she be thinking?
-Love wont you tell me so
-What could she be thinking?
-Cause you know that I have tried
-What could she be thinking?
-When I look into her eyes

Discography

Turn Up The Volume EP (2006)

1. Living To Dream
2. Another Day
3. Turn Up The Volume
4. Set Me Free
5. What Could She Be Thinking

Set List

Living To Dream
All Mine
With You With Me
Turn Up The Volume
Like Me Now
Thank You
Another Day
With You With Me
Almost Midnight
Kicking Back
Not Crazy
All I Wish For
Brizzy Hip Hop