Ready to try his luck in the U.S. after making an impression in his native Australia, rapper Tom Gaynor, better known as Allday, is set to make his debut in adult nightclubs with his latest track, “You Always Know The DJ.” With Beiber bone structure but without any of the wannabe posture, the 24-year-old Allday is barely old enough to remember hip-hop's Crunk era, so he cites millennial artists like Kanye West and Drake as influences. With a voice that feels more at home with harmony than hardcore rhymes, Allday manages a pop singer's sensibility that is reminiscent of other Australian artists such as the late Michael Hutchinson. (He already has the hair for it.)
Debuting in 2011 with the mix tape ‘Noue Yesue,’ Allday has since released an EP, a debut LP and five more mix tapes in Australia. That Weezy-like work ethic has helped Gaynor migrate to American shores. Found on his record, ‘Startup Cult,’ as well as Strip Joints #54, "You Always Know The DJ" has Allday addressing those girls who never wait in lines, don't pay for their drinks, and walk around acting as if they know every single person in the club. We know the type. While not exactly about entertainers, "You Always Know The DJ" is another young man's lament of an often seen occurrence. Get used to it, young sir. Rappers may know DJs, but girls will always know more. We spoke with the Australian to find out a little more about what inspires a hip-hop enthusiast from Down Under.
ED: What’s the backstory of "You Always Know The DJ.” Was it born out of a particular experience?
ED: “You Always Know The DJ” has a very, relaxed, open-window type vibe. Some of your other tracks, like “Otto,” have a more, traditional "club-like" beat, or mood. While diversity is good, how would you like strip club DJs to describe your brand of hip-hop?
ALLDAY: I don't really know how to describe it, it's kind of varied. It's just music, I suppose. Some of it is good, some of it sucks.
ED: Who were your music influences growing up?
ALLDAY: Wu-Tang, Eminem, MF Doom, Nas, Big L, a lot of East Coast hip hop. But other genres, too. Lots of old rock and folk from my parents.
ED: What hip-hop albums did you grow up listening to?
ALLDAY: Skinnyman's “Council Estate Of Mind” and Redman’s “Muddy Waters” were probably my most played albums.
ED: How would you describe the hip-hop culture in Australia?
ALLDAY: A lot of the shows we'd go to when we were 12 or 13 had breakdance battles, graffiti demonstrations etc. as well as raps. So we grew up very focused on lyricism and the culture of hip hop. It was something positive we did instead of just breaking into cars or whatever.
ED: What would be your dream collaboration with any artist or producer? Who of your contemporaries do you listen to most?
ALLDAY: I love Kanye. I would love a Kanye beat. I would love an Andre 3000 beat, too! As far as who I listen to most today, it would have to be Drake.
ED: In America, hip-hop and strip club cultures have an almost symbiotic relationship, is that the same in Australia?
ALLDAY: Not really, because the hip hop culture here is such an "underground sound" that doesn't resonate with girls as much. They play Trap & R&B in the strip clubs, but not much Australian music because most of it sucks except for mine.
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