“ST. O’DONNELL’S SELECT GALLERY” PROFILE : MAIN ST.
Main St. (Rhys Adams) has been conquering the local DJ scene in Sydney for past couple of years.
A fixture on the World Bar, St. O’Donnell parties and other venues line – ups, he has his eyes set on progressing onto the next stage, producing.
Not one to be put into a musical Pigeon hole, Main St.’s appreciation for Trap, Rap, and lo fi hip-hop beats shines through his DJ sets and production.
We had a quick chat with him about his debut upcoming producing project and his upcoming gig at our Select Gallery.
What’s the story behind the name Main St.?
MAIN ST. was the home base of my group’s youth. A spot that we chilled at everyday consistently for 4 years until the cul-de-sac was extended to make way for new factories. It runs deeper than a music ting. “Dead end to you- A paradise to the crew”.
What was the first album you bought /downloaded?
I can’t remember the first album I bought/downloaded. I do remember the first single I personally owned was ‘Rewind’ by Artful Dodger and Craig David! Still a staple in my sets today!
You have a project coming up with a bunch of local rappers and producers, can you tell us more about it?
MAIN ST. is a small group of rappers/ producers/ DJ’s from Western Sydney. We’ll be releasing our first mixtape on Oct 11th, with production handled by our groups close collaborator, I Digress (S/O Mozaick Records *prayer hands emoji*) and ourselves.
Our members (Myself, Chopper, Knarley, Sarok, Personer and Bentley B ) are all from around the same area that linked up at the start of this year. Everyone had dibbed and dabbed in making music prior but this was the first time we had all decided to take it serious. Since we linked up we’ve acumulated a little over 30 tracks and are excited to start releasing some very soon! There’s a lot of new music that will be following (solo tracks/mixtapes) so keep your ears and eyes peeled.
What is your writing and producing process?
We’re still experimenting with different processes and when I produce I never stick to one way of beginning. I may start with drums one day, or start with a melody the other. Or load a sample and then work a melody and pull the sample out and build.
But for this mixtape, when it came to writing, some of our best tracks were all birthed from car freestyles- “spittin in the whip”. We’ll play random beats and just freestyle for an hour or so and record on to a phone. Then next time we get into the studio we listen to the freestyles and keep an ear out for several things we can use to start a track, and basically build from there. I’ll then check the BPM and start with creating my own beat to fit. The rappers are usually finished their job before I start working on the actual beat itself. It’s a backwards process but I’ve always lived by “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.
Who would you say is your favourite producer that has inspired your production style?
To pick one producer is a difficult task. If I could pick two that give an insight to my style, I would have to go with J Dilla and Lex Luger.
Finally, you are playing at Select Gallery on the 27th of August, what can we expect from your set?
I’m usually one to come through with straight heaters when I play, but I’m going to turn it down for this night considering the settings. Keen for you guys to hear the playlist!
You can catch Main St. and other local artists at our upcoming “Select Gallery #002.
Get your tickets here:
Select Gallery #002