Joel Raja aka SURAJ based out of Australia is an Hip-Hop artist with a style uncommon and unorthodox that he’s going to be the bright color out the dull lighted industry! His motive is to push the definition of Hip-Hop and what it means to us by blending his various styles together to create one sound. He released his EP “Bedroom EP III” which includes songs like “Yeah Yeah Yeah”, “Lighting” and many more.
“Lighting” was an electric and atypical hip-hop single infused with rhythmic House and an electric EDM flare. It has a groovy kick to the song which will encourage its listeners to jam along and just dance. It’s weird but a good kind of weird. Not only does it have the standard musical genres within, it has a good deal of random cool FX that helps the single come together and completes the overall hit. It’s super dope with its various transitions from different mini genres that creates a multi-facet, far-out and hip tune. Joel Raja has all the potential and star quality to become a sensation in the music world with an iconic name that just tops it all off!
Listen to the full "Bedroom EP III" here and check out our exclusive interview with Joel Raja below!
Care to introduce yourself to our readers?
My name is SURAJ (soo-raj), I’m from Perth, Australia, I am a passionate Hip Hop fan and artist. I’m a multi-instrumentalist and a producer, I’m also a rapper and a singer-songwriter. I make a variety of music ranging from Rock to House and everything inbetween. My reason behind this is too make a sort of statement about Hip Hop: for a long time in Hip Hop the constant debate of what real Hip Hop is constantly come up, but the question I pose is ‘what is Hip Hop?’. I do this by branding everything
that I do under the banner of Hip Hop.
Can you give us a brief history of your musical career?
I’ve been studying music since I was eight, but it’s been two years since I seriously started trying to make a name for my self in the music industry trying to produce for myself and others.
Do you write your own music? Can you tell us a bit about your writing style?
I do write my own music. It’s hard to say what my writing style is, I draw from so many sources that are constantly changing based on whatever I’m listening to, particular with the songs I sing on, but when it come to my raps I think I’m narrowing down onto something, something reminiscent to the agility of Kendrick Lamar but the philosophy of Jay Electronica, who I’ve been diving further and further into over the past year.
We’re really into your new song Lightning! Can you tell us a bit about it?
SO, this is a House track, very bright, very similar to Kaytranda inspired, sample based music, very danceable and very soulful.
Where did the inspiration behind Lightning come from?
I actually came up with this concept about a year ago when my dad was giving me a lift to University and we were listening to a radio station that played old Classics from any time between 1900-1987, just a rough estimate, and the song ‘Lightning Striking Again’ by Lou Christie started playing, thought it was pretty cool but when the chorus hit that was when it was lit baby, and when I got home later that day I tried turning it into a beat, didn’t quite work out, so I thought I’d try a different direction.
What are three things you’d love your fans to know about you?
Whenever I say ‘I’ in my music I mean you
Try your best to pay attention to my message
I hope my music makes a difference in your life
Any upcoming shows? For someone who hasn’t seen you live yet, how would you describe your performance?
If its my rap gigs, its me bringing up people from the crowd doing dumb shit a long side them, getting the to recite hooks, I try my best to be funny on stage and try my best to get a full crowd participation. When its my band its loud, its aggressive and its powerful ranging in various styles.
What’s next for you?
Next year my plan is to release a single a month, already in preparation, hopefully one EP, hopefully more collaborative music and hopefully more recognition from more listeners.