Melbourne's Ivan Ooze is fresh out of the lab with new track Deserve, a collaboration with renowned producer Plutonic Lab and Kingswood’s guitarist Alex Laska. Deserve is the first track from his upcoming EP due out later this year.
Now signed to Cooking Vinyl Australia, Ooze's mission is to make hectic hooks, deliver schmick production and push the experimentation. New collaborator Laksa used his powers of persuasion to use live instrumentation – guitar, bass and drums on Deserve, delving into new territory for Ooze.
“I was worried that it sounded so clean and approachable,” he laughs. “My other stuff hasn’t sounded that professional so it was a new avenue, but now I listen back to it I’m even more proud of it.” Ooze delivers the rhymes like Post Malone – laidback and with nothing to prove. “When I started writing it was mainly to get the aggression out. Now I’m way more chill,” he says. “I don’t like raising my voice because I like it mellow.”
Ivan Ooze cut his teeth at hardcore rap nights such as at Melbourne’s Laundry Bar as a school kid, and within a few years had toured with Ice Cube, Cypress Hilland Wu-Tang Clan – the latter of whom watched his set side of stage. Wu-Tang’s Ghostface Killah even invited Ooze to the studio to record the track ‘Bills’. Now, at the age of 26, Townsend’s acerbic wit and cartoon energy has racked him up more than a million streams.