Hyjak N Torcha
|Hyjak N Torcha|
The group formed in 2000, consisting of Hyjak (Jack McCarthy), Torcha (John Chmielewski), and DJ Bonez (George Kordas).
Hyjak first appeared on the scene in 1998, at the age of fifteen he snuck into a pub in the Sydney suburb of Kings Cross to compete in a rap battle, which he won. Torcha, hailing from Sydney's west, was an active volunteer youth worker, doing programs in youth prisons and performing at anti-war rallies. Formally part of Sydney's Eth-nik Tribe, another Australian hip hop group.
Hyjak N Torcha signed to Obese Records and their first album Drastik Measures was released in 2004. "Sneak", a single from that album, received airplay on Triple J and the video clip was played on rage. The album was reviewed on Triple J's website. They have since performed with artists including the Hilltop Hoods, De La Soul, Xzibit, Mobb Deep, Gang Starr, Lord Finesse, Swollen Members, Murs and Ice Cube. The group's members are also affiliated with Dominion, an Australian hip hop crew.
Hyjak N Torcha have made guest appearances (together and separately) on records by artists including Hilltop Hoods (Hyjak performed on Hilltop Hoods' album The Calling), Bliss n Eso (Hyjak did a guest verse on the track "Get Loose" on their album Day of the Dog) and Pegz (Hyjak and Torcha appeared on Pegz's Axis album).
They also released a videoclip for their track "A Night with Chopper", featuring Mark Brandon "Chopper" Read, from his album, Interview with a Madman, which, in 2006, won the award for 'Best New Filmmaker' (Matt Chuang) at the BelowGround Music Video Fest Awards.
In 2006, Hyjak released a mixtape, Shady Characters featuring Torcha, Kye, Bliss N Eso and others. He also performed on a track for Jase's single "Nutcase".
In 2011, Hyjak released a mixtape called The Reminder Mixtape featuring Kerser, Chow. P and Thorn.
Hyjak released a solo LP, Light at the End of the Tunnel, in 2013, distributed by Obese Records.
Torcha formed a five-piece band, A Broken Silence, with keyboardist B-Don (Brendon Costello), guitarist Cactus (Daniel Bartulovich), bass player Boots (Simon Lennon) and drummer Nathan Tuffin. The band attracted the attention of Tim Freedman, who collaborated with Torcha on "The Road is Lost", the first single from the band's debut album, All For What, released in 2009. Torcha played the song whilst touring around Australia with Freedman's band, The Whitlams, with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. The album also features guests appearances from Ozi Batla (The Herd), Patriarch (USA) and DJ Skizo.
Torcha released his solo LP, Frozen State, together with producer B-Don in 2010. The beats were created without any use of samples and the instruments are mostly played by B-Don. The album features guest appearances from N'fa, Hyjak, S.Q.Z, 2furious and also Korean mega-star Bobby Kim with his crew Buga Kingz.
- Drastik Measures - Obese (OBR016) (2004)
- Unregrettable - Obese (OBR066) (2009)
- Light at the End of the Tunnel - Obese (2013)
- "Sneak" - Obese (2004)
- Lab Exposed - Volume 1 (1999), Statik Recordings (songs: "Kryptonite + Hijak", "Ill Combat", "Best Kept Secret")
- The Fourth Element Effect (1999), Blitzkrieg (songs: "Wack or Dope", Yeast Inection")
- Culture of Kings - Volume 2(2002), Obese Records (song: "Face The Music")
- Obesecity (2002), Obese Records (song: "Point Of No Return")
- Culture of Kings - Volume 3 (2003), Obese Records (song: "It's Over")
- Straight From The Art 2 (2004), Warner Bros. Records (song: "The Science")
- Home And Hosed - Freshly Plucked (2004), ABC Music (song: "Corrected")
- Chopper Read - Interview with a Madman (2006), Rott'n Records (song: "Night With Chopper")
- The Stolen Records (2007), FBi Records (song: "The Test")
- The Whitlams - Greatest Hits, ft Torcha and A Broken Silence (song: "The Road is Lost")
Hyjak solo works
- Breaking Sound Barriers (EP) - Statik Recordings (DSR-006) (2002)
- Shady Characters (2006)
- Kerser and Hyjak - "Roll On Up" & "I Remember" (2011)
- Rates and Hyjak - "Suicide" (2013)
DJ Bonez solo works
- Hands On Decks - Statik Recordings (DSR-002) (1999)
- DJ Bonez Presents the Mother's Kitchen Mix - Obese Records (OBR29) (2005)
- Aces High (EP) - Obese Records (OBR033) (2005)
- Ninja Art - Statik | Shogun Distribution (2007)
- Roll Call - Obese Reecords (OBR053) (2007)
Torcha solo works
- A Broken Silence All For What... - Bad Seed/MGM Distribution (ABS002) (16 October 2009)
- Torcha & B-Don Frozen State - Independent/Obese (TNB001) (5 March 2010)
- Bio at the band's website
- Herald Sun - 'Drastik Measures' at Herald Sun HiT online store
- National Library of Australia - Drastik Measures
- Triple J playlist (October 2005)
- rage playlist (July 2006)
- Triple J album review - 'Drastik Measures'
- The Obese Crew Block Party
- Zulu Nation Supa Jam (16 November 2006)
- Ice Cube at the Enmore Theatre (27 August 2007)
- Discogs track listing - The Calling
- Discog track listing - Day of the Dog
- Discogs track listing - Axis
- The Age - 'Taking The Rap' (10 March 2006)
- BelowGround Music Fest Awards
- National Library of Australia - Shady Characters
- "Biography". A Broken Silence. Retrieved 5 August 2013.
- "A Broken Silence". The Harbour Agency. Archived from the original on 14 October 2008. Retrieved 5 August 2013.