Get to know Swiss Dank with an exclusive mix and Q+A.
Swiss Dank is a collective of Sydney selectors who place a particular emphasis on contemporary club rap. We caught up with Sean Moynihan of the collective to ask a few questions below. Read on for the answers you never knew you needed and an exclusive mix for MADE.
Who makes up SWISS DANK and how would you describe it?
Me and my homie MA$E started SWISS DANK @ The Cliff Dive as a side project from our previous monthly night; 40oz Bounce. More recently we snapped up Sydney’s freshman of 2016 Mowgli May as a resident…she’s got kills taste in tunes and pink hair LOL!
We throw down the newest rap anthems as well as some our old favorites. You can expect plenty of Gucci Mane, Future, Lil Yachty, Migos, Travi$ Scott and the rest of the Atlanta booty shakin’ bangers. It gets pretty damn hot n sweaty down in the depths of Cliff Dive and theres been the occasional death pit now and then! Shout outs to LIT SQUAD.
Gucci Mane seems to be a clear influence, how long have you been a fan?
He’s pretty much the single rapper that got me into spinning rap tunes. One of the all time greats that actually respects the both the young-bloods and the OG’s….very rare these days! Don’t know many people that have beef with Gucci Mane La Flame! I remember hearing Whip it – E40 ft Gucci for the first time back in 2010/11 and I literally still thrash it to this day.
Burr print 2 HD was one of the first tapes a friend linked me and hearing the track of Gucci rapping through the county jail phone…so sic!
Around 2012 I discovered the Ferrari Boyz and Trap Back tapes with Waka Flocka, another hall of famer in my eyes!
Mud Muzik – Gucci ft Waka & 2chainz
Ferrari Boyz – Gucci ft Waka
Trap Back – Gucci
3 very strong tracks that shaped my music palette for the years ahead. Talk about obsessed – we also made Gucci Mane x Swiss Dank Ts for good. I’m hanging out for the Drake x Gucci tape coming out soon, after thrashing WATTBA album I’m hopeful it will deliver.
What are some other artists you have in your daily rotation right now?
Apart from Gucci, I think Future is always up there – we actually doing a Future/Freebandz tribute night for our next Swiss Dank party on the 12th Nov.
Travi$ Scott, 21 savage, French Montana, Kodak Black, Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Yachty, Belly has really been bringing out some good stuff this year. Rich the Kid, Ty Dolla $ign, Migos, Young greatness, YG – dropping fiyah all yeah! Sonny Digital, Young Thug, Soulja boy, Tory lanez, Fabulous, Johnny Cinco, Juicy J…the list goes on haha!
How would you describe the music scene in Australia?
Besides the lockouts, I think Sydney still has a solid music scene. Whether you are into rock, deep house, techno, trap or rap bangers you can literally find a place in Sydney. You just need to find it before 1:30am LOL – Cheers to our kook of a state premier; Mike Baird (I actually don’t know anyone who likes this dude…heavy).
Club hip-hop on the other hand is huge right now, arguably the biggest it has ever been. Acts like Travis Scott can sell out the Metro Theatre in under one minute. One Day Sunday is the biggest party in the country and the only party to hold regular monthly dates in cities all around the country. A huge shout out to the Halfway Crooks homies who were one of the OG club hip hop monthly party’s keepin the dream alive. Thanks to these guys there’s now a huge following for new turn up rap and rnb in the Sydney club scene.
Thoughts on Woptober?
Huge!!!! – I froth! Out of the Zoo, Money Machine ft. Rick Ross, The Left, Hi-five, all on rotation. Solid artwork too!
Tell us about the 40 oz bounce monthly hip hop party in Sydney?
DAYUMMMM! Its been ages – Me and MA$E were introduced by a friend Lora to Pete Meare AKA Mearebach Music – one of skilled Sydney producers and we played on his radio show The Monday Night Rap Up on Bondi Beach Radio for a year and decided to start our own night. We played at a small bar on Oxford St called Chinga-Lings…it was dope, real cozy and they sold longys…I rate! We then progressed to a bigger venue at Harpoon Harry’s. Before parting ways and then SWISS DANK came up and me and MA$E been riding that wave for nearly a year now at Cliff Dive.
Is that anyway affiliated with 40oz Van?
LOL nah, pure coincidence with the name aye! But we both follow each other on the gram and we had a lot of Facebook traction cos people thought we were him hahaha! Unlucky…for them!
What are the essentials to hosting the perfect party?