He is self described as the overweight, binge drinking, cigarette smoking, substance abusing, degenerate gambling, sneaker collecting, rap vinyl obsessive, 750 Rebel from the Southside of Brisbane or better known to some as Jake Biz.
The ever humble Jake prefers getting into the crates and listening to other people’s music, rather than his own and believes that has had a huge impact on his sound. A sound he refers to as “merely a continuation of what Lazy, Lenny and Hams started with the Blackstump tape in the late 90’s, mixed with the south Brisbane shenanigans portrayed by Ken Oath and Writers Anon on their Stopping all Stations cassette.”
His new album, Commercial Hell, is officially dropping May 18 and the response to the first single Deuce Deuce has been amazing. Funnily enough, when he first started work on the track, he didn’t think it would make the album, let alone be the jump off single.
“I never really attempted to achieve anything with Deuce Deuce. Proof gave me the beat and that more or less dictated the angle I took, while DJ Lopsided’s cut chorus rounded it out perfectly for me. It was actually Heata (Full Clip) who saw it’s potential” he explained.
After talking for a couple of hours on the phone, they decided how they were going to attack it. Knowing that the visual aspect of a song is as important as the content these days, it was decided to film a video in June 2011 and it sat around, until they collectively worked out how they were going to handle its release.
Coinciding with the clip, Jake also released Deuce Deuce on a 7″ vinyl. “I want to release everything we do on wax! I’m personally a vinyl nut, I stay in the crates. Unfortunately, it’s not always financially achievable or commercially viable even with a label behind us. The cost of vinyl manufacturing when compared to that of CD’s is outrageous, but it is a niche market and if you’re a ‘vinyl head’, then it’s something you have to do” he stated. However, he feels all the credit for tracks release and promotion really belongs to Proof, DJ Dcide and Chubbs, who he describes as being more or less the ‘Biz’ in Jake Biz.
While being hit up for a few shows lately, the 750 Rebels are taking it easy until Commercial Hell drops. But, people can rest easy as they plan on being back out there real soon as they love playing live.
“It’s how we’ve managed to remain relevant without releasing an abundance of music over the past ten years … Some people stay in the studio while others hone their live show. Unfortunately, we’ve never really found a balance between the two. When we’re in the studio as a collective it always turns into a piss up and nothing gets done. We are getting a bit better these days; at least the self destructive behaviour isn’t our sole focus anymore. When we’re doing gigs it all just goes hand in hand, there’s no better combination than booze and music” explained Jake.
In closing, Jake would like to give massive shout outs to the one and only 750 Rebels, Karsniogenics Records, Full Clip and the team here at G&T for the interview. Additionally, he reminds you to stay tuned to the Karsniogenics YouTube channel because there’s plenty more to come. Rest assured!
Jake Biz’s album Commercial Hell is out now on iTunes