Hip Hop, (NZ)
Bad Taste is Aotearoa's freshest hip hop super-duo, masterminded by turntable wizard Alphabethead and veteran lyricist Young Gho$t. The two began working together in 2020, brought together by their shared passion and love of music. After months of jamming, throwing around ideas and creating songs, the pair realised what they had was even greater than the sum of its parts, and got to work compiling the fruits of their labour into an album. Since their inception, the pair have played two shows in their hometown of Pōneke, both sold-out, and had their music beamed through radios across their country. This summer they're embarking on a nationwide journey, with Twisted as one of the first stops along the way.
Adrift in the musical cosmos, somewhere between the constellations of hip hop, electronica and experimental rock exists Alphabethead. Alphabethead is well known through his many festival and club shows over the years around Aotearoa. An innovative producer who cut his teeth in the hip-hop battle scene, he began DJing aged 15. His first few years in the scene were dedicated entirely to the world of turntablism, and he found himself the New Zealand DMC champion aged only 18. In more recent years he found himself as one of the masterminds behind experimental electronic rockers The All Seeing Hand, notorious for their theatrical style and captivating stage shows. As a soloist he still tours regularly, and has released six albums of instrumental hip hop, and Bad Taste marks his first full-length collaboration with a vocalist. Alphabethead has toured internationally, and performed at a variety of festivals such as Womad, Splore, Laneway and The International Jazz Festival.
The other half of Bad Taste is its frontman: forthright lyricist and seasoned bar spitter Young Gho$t. A dab hand on the mic with over eight years in the game, this will be his third time performing at Twisted, and he's keen to raise the stakes yet again. Known for an all-encompassing upfront and raw style that defies genre, Gho$t found his natural match in Alphabethead - both are more focussed on vibe than genre, and willing to go that extra mile to fulfill their artistic vision. With countless club shows, two full-length albums and a slurry of EPs under his belt, Gho$t has taken extra time and care to make sure his third project elevates his sonic pallet to new heights both musically and lyrically. The two have begun work on a follow up and are on course to keep pushing the envelope.