Who and what is DFEKT?
My name is Brodie Giller, 'DFEKT' is like my alter ego, my alias. I have a graffiti alias, a rap alias, and I am also just me!
When did you start and what inspired you to make music?
I started when I was roughly 9 years old, So in 2007. I began writing these little whack line's that I thought were the best at the time. I had been listening to Eminem since i was four year's old. Outside of home, I grew up around people who were heavily influenced by Hip Hop and the 'Gangster culture'. So that influence began to rub off on me.
My main influences would have to be my experiences. What I’ve been through etc., also being part of the graffiti culture, as well as a handful of artist's, such as, Eminem, Brother ALi, Scribe, Immortal Technique, Plan B (Ben Drew), Vinnie Paz, Kerser, Cryptic Wisdom, Young Sid, N.W.A, B.I.G, 2Pac, Big L, Snak The Ripper, KRS One, 50 Cent, Coolio, and Many, Many more.
How would you describe your music in one sentence?
Old school, I love old school Hip Hop.
What sets you apart from other acts/groups?
I try to stray from New School Rap/Hip Hop. I prefer a old school grimy Boom Bap beat, with structured lyrics, and a crazy ass flow. I do Hip Hop for self-fulfillment; where as other rapper’s do it for “Bitchez and Money”. Plus! my Height, I’m 4’1. How many other emcees / performer’s say they’re 4’1?
Which one of your songs are you most proud of, and why?
Writer’s and Reason. Writer’s is all about graffiti. I consider it my dedication to the graffiti movement. I’m proud to be a Graff writer and proud to be part of the 2 out of 4 things within the family of Hip Hop. Graffiti helped me get through some tough times. When relationships would go astray and when my life seemed to be crumbling down around me, I would always have my Black Book, cans, and marker’s to fall back on. If it weren’t for graffiti, I wouldn’t be here. I’m proud of this song because I put a lot of work into it, and it means a lot to me.
Reason, is about my current partner who I have been with for a year now. She has been there for me and I can remember having late night conversation’s with her till three in the morning. We’ve been through a hell of a lot together, and She has been here for me for many years now and hopefully will be for years to come.
Where do you come from or what part of NZ do you represent?
I come from the “Southern most” town in NZ, which is Invercargill, or as we call it, ‘Invercali’. I represent my hood which is south city.
Do you produce your own beats or do you use any particular beat maker?
I try my best to find royalty free beats, or free beats of YouTube. I’m not very good with Fruity Loops but I’m going to teach myself.
Whats your favourite and least favourite thing about Hip-Hop culture?
My favourite thing about the Hip-Hop culture, would have to be the fact It dates back to the early 70’s, with emcee’s like Grandmaster Flash, who for the time, were coming up with crazy song’s and beat’s. My least favourite thing about the Hip-Hop culture? Lil’ Wayne and Young Thug.
Tell us about your latest release.
My latest release is my EP titled Influence. I don’t own the instrumental’s so the EP is free. I put a lot of time and work into it. Basically it’s about me getting a few things off my chest and tryna discover where I belong.
You can download my EP for Free here on band camp:
What advice would you like to give to other aspiring rappers/producers?
Keep doing what you’re doing, and keep your head up. This game isn’t easy, so don’t let anyone say you ‘can’t do it’, because they don’t know your full potential. Only you do.
What can we expect to see from you over the next year?
A New music video, a new mix tape, collabing with many artist’s, and much, much more.
Check out DFEKT's music video for his song Equal off of the Influence album.