The boys of K-Town Clan, the lords of Twisted Crunk, have done Malaysia proud.
At the recent Bite My Music Global Awards, which is considered the World Cup of Independent Music, they bagged two gold awards â€“ Best Genre-Bender (Come Get Some – Bangkai Beserker version ) and Best Hip-Hop act in the world.
The win comes hot on the heels of their unprecedented VIMA Music Awards 2012 win, which they notched six awards.
Listen to their songs here (we recommend Come Get Some Bangkai Beserker; Give em the Ughh and Whose Ya Daddy)
â€śThese guys have turned it up several notches since the heydays of Kru and Poetic Ammo and I dare say, they have enough good tracks on the album to launch a global assault. Their win is even more impressive when one realises they beat top acts from Europe, USA and Asia, and were further evaluated by top class world music judges, international producers and entertainment critics.â€™ said Siva Zaphod Chandran, founder of Bite My Music Global Awards.
We caught up with the KTC for an insight and reaction of their win.
How does it feel to win a world award? Being crowned best hip-hop act in the world doesnt happen everyday you know…
In all honesty, we know that in Malaysia, we’re the best at doing what we do. Heck we even created our own genre of music (Twisted Crunk). But when we submitted our songs for the BMM Global awards, looking at the other nominees from other countries, we seriously did not think that we would bag the Best Hip Hop Act.
We’re talking about people from the UK, US, Japan, Brazil, etc. And its not only because of the countries that were competing in our category, its mostly cause their songs, to us, were really really good. When we got the news of our win, we were ecstatic! Six awards at the VIMA’s and now these two Global awards. All in such a short span of time. Now that is CRAZY ! In the best possible way. It gives us a sense of humility and pride to know that three small town fellaz can compete & “tapau” awards on an international level.
This award just gave us the boost we needed to put the pedal to the metal!
Tell us how did you come about producing and writing the new version of Come Get Some, the song that won best genre bender in the world?
We’ve always loved music and the three of us grew up listening to and appreciating other genres. Many years back, it was already in the master plan to do a heavy song. Since our album Playground came out years after our very first successful single, ‘Come Get Some’, Roshan Jamrock decided that KTC should breathe new life into KTC’s very first song and that was the birth of the new version that won best genre-bender of the world at the BMM Global Awards.
We sat down, and knew exactly who we wanted on the track. A mash up of hard core, ol skool, underground, crunk, hip hop! JD of Pop Shuvit was the engineer who worked his magic and gave us a few pointers on the production of a rock song. It was a pleasure having Dragon Red, Jin Hackman, Samir, Altimet (KOMY), DJ Fuzz & Ash G on board.
Will K-Town be doing more collaborations with other indie acts from other parts of Asia?
We would love to collaborate with Rizzle Kicks, Mobbstar (Dice & K9), CrossoverKidz, Darren Ashley (Malaysia), Natasha Ejaz, Dirty Shirt to name a few.
If you had a chance to perform with one international act, who would it be?
Only one ? (laughs) Well if we really had to choose just one, we’d say, Lil Jon!!! The King Of Crunk !!!
You can say that again !! Yes we get the fact that we’re independent and we don’t have a label to push our name to open for acts that come to Malaysia. But on the other hand, event organizers have to do their part and research on who is IN and who is OUT!
Who’s the best bet to call for an opening act according to the main acts genre and music style? Lil Jon, Pitbull & LMFAO have performed in Malaysia, to be blunt, we deserve to be opening for acts like them. Not some “friend” of the organizer or someone “just to fill in the 15 minutes before the stars start their set”.
Will K-Town release any new singles besides the songs from your new album in 2012?
Not only are we going to release singles from Playground, we’re also gonna release new tracks straight out of the oven. Keep an eye on our Twitter (@ktownclan) and Official Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ktcworldwide) for updates
Will there be a music video done for â€śCome Get Someâ€ť?
The Best Genre Bender deserves a music video and we’ll get cracking as soon as possible. YES, not only do we bend genres, we’re gonna bend videos as well. This song in particular ;)
K-Town Clan has been a prominent name in the Malaysian english music industry for the past six years and counting. The trio got their kick-start during a nationwide talent search called Blast Off (Season 1) organized by Astro in 2005. Thousands from all over the country auditioned, a handful made it through and in the end, one group were dubbed Grand Champions, the K-town Clan.
K-Town Clan, comprising of Roshan Jamrock, 25 (Producer/Rapper/Songwriter), Ganesh BigBo, 27 (Rapper/Songwriter) & Dravid, 25 (Rapper/Songwriter) took Malaysia by storm with their stage presence and mind blowing performances back then and have not lost their one-of-a-kind touch, till today.
Through the years they have managed to create their own brand of music which they call, Twisted Crunk. An experimental blend of all sorts of genres from Crunk to Hip Hop to House/Electro to Dirty Dutch to World Music to Rock & Roll and so on. They describe themselves as the pioneers of crunk in Malaysia and the only ones doing Twisted Crunk in South East Asia. They describe their music as â€śstuff you would play to get a party startedâ€ť and â€śmusic one would play to get an already hyped up party to a whole new levelâ€ť.