Inspired by Mr Squiggle and Pictionary, this game-show-with-a-twist is made up of a series of playoffs between the artists and the rappers. The artist’s speed-sketch pictures relevant to a theme, topic or clue and project them onto a large screen for the rappers and audience to see. Wild, spontaneous and improvised, this is sure to be one of the most unique performances on the Mullum Music Festival Bill.
Can you explain in more detail the concept for Sketch the Rhyme?
Basically Sketch The Rhyme is a collaboration between visual artists, musicians and MCs. The artists project live drawings up on to a screen; those give visual stimuli for the MCs to feed off. We narrate stories, solve riddles and crack jokes, the whole time involving the audience and performing over live music. The main underlying essence of the whole show is improvisation, which keeps everything fresh, both for the audience and for the performers.
Our creative director Rapaport came up with the idea while freestyling with a friend. The friend was doodling on a piece of paper, and Rapaport began to draw inspiration from the pictures. This then lead him on to find a team of artists, performers and musicians who developed the show into the all out audiovisual spectacular that it is today.
What are some of the positives that come out of collaborations like this?
There has been so many creative advances that all the artists have seen in their own work throughout the last four years of working on Sketch the Rhyme. All the performers have been able to develop their skills, while incorporating so many different media.
How does the audience get involved?
There are many different games/aspects of the show where we call on the audience for their participation. Whether it is hopping on stage to help the artists create a visual masterpiece, or responding wildly to our attempts at guessing the topic or dead celebrity that is being drawn. The audience is privy to knowledge that the MCs are not; this keeps them as a constant necessity throughout the show.
How does the performance change each night?
Because it is an improvised show, each night is completely different. We work off structured games and songs, but nothing is ever the same. Come down and try to prove us wrong!
Does it always work? What happens if it doesn’t?
There is always room for error in Sketch. This can only allow for more humorous engagements. There is nothing funnier than an awkward moment, and nothing more rewarding for the audience than seeing someone break free from their restraints and carry on into an all-out lyrical onslaught.
What about when it really works? Can you tell me about a performance that came together even better than you hoped?
We cater for all types of people, ages 5–95. When we can perform a set to an audience that stretches from one to the other and keep everyone happy, we know we are doing a good job.
Can you tell me a little about the people in Sketch the Rhyme and what we should expect for Mullum Music Festival?
We have a great lineup of amazingly talented artists, rappers and musicians. Our MCs are some of the best freestyle rappers in the country, and are also well established recording artists as well. Rapaport from Loose Change, P.Smurf from Daily Meds and Jeswon from Thundamentals rounding out our all star MC lineup. We also have a crew of visual artists who excel in a range of different media from sketch, print, canvas graffiti and street art. This is all then backed by a crack team of session musicians that have been honing there skills on the Sydney and Australian music circuit for years.
Mullum Music Festival, 21–24 November,
For ticket and program information go to mullummusicfestival.com.