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Eco$ystem

Eco$ystem is one of the key members of cult Melbourne record label 66 Records. With his effortless style and charisma, Eco has been steadily gaining a massive following here in Melbourne. He impressed us with early tracks like ‘REDFACE’ and was even picked as the opening act on the late Juice WRLD’s final tour. In 2020, Eco$ystem has kept us hyped and wanting more with his addictive collaboration with Ipswitch artist Dau Dau of Swish Music and the undeniably fun ‘Fetish’. We’re proud to present Eco$ystem with the Beats By Dre Wildcard award and can’t wait to see what’s on the horizon for this young star in the making.

Tell us a bit about growing up – what were you like as a kid? Did you grow up in a musical household?
Yeah, I guess I did. I grew up listening to Michael Jackson all the time. After he died I got into dancing for a bit, so I was listening to Michael Jackson, Chris Brown and all different types of genres. A few years later Travis Scott came out and everything changed.

So when you first heard Travis, you realised that you wanted to be a rapper?
Yeah. I always had the persona, I always dressed like one. Everyone used to say to me like “you should be a rapper”. So one day I decided to go into the studio. I just laid down a freestyle, it was just for fun but it did numbers.

Oh wow, I didn’t realise you just dropped the first track you recorded. So after that, how did you first get linked up with 66 Records?
I was recording in Collingwood with Lil Jaye who is on the label and Avon who owns 66 had been coming around was telling me about how much he was into my music and the potential that he saw in me. I felt like I could trust him with my future and where I was going to go, so when he offered me the deal it was like yeah, you know? We’ll do something with it.

What can you tell me about some of the other artists you work with, you said you knew Lil Jaye before the label?
Yeah, I was homies with Lil Jaye, he’s always been there for me. We’ve got a whole mixtape together, it’s called J.E.T – Me, Jaye and The B.

With a lot of other cities popping in terms of hip hop, do you feel like you guys are holding it down for Melbourne? Are there any other Melbourne artists you mess with?
Yeah, I do feel like we’re holding it down for Melbourne but there are a lot of other young artists out there doing their thing. I have to give credit to Sprints Santana, Kose 2x, Trigga, Kae the Goat, Mike Wang, Petit Bizarre and Gs Phantom — that’s some that I can just say off the top.

How do you think hip hop in Australia has changed in recent years, what do you like about the direction the scene is heading here?
I reckon it’s opening more doors for all of us to blow up and I’ve gotta give a shout out to all the boys up in Sydney doing their thing because it’s opening doors up for everyone basically.

You recently linked up with Dau Dau from the Swish Music crew, how was that link up and do you see the Swish crew as having the same kind of energy as 66?
Yeah, that’s my boy. I reckon my relationship with them is organic, we just fucked with each other’s music and it grew from there. I see the hustle and the grind that he puts into what he’s doing and he sees the same in me so I feel like we could help each other get to the top. The Swish crew have the same goals, they are just out here trying to get it too. We’re all just trying to get out of the situation we’re in.

The last track you dropped was Fetish — how did that track come together?
Ah, that was just on some bullshit man! [Laughs] That was just how I felt, I mean I love money so I said I got a fetish for money.

It’s been a crazy year and especially for us in Melbourne we’ve been on lockdown for most of the year, has COVID gotten in the way of any of your plans and what’s something you are grateful for during all the downtime?
I reckon COVID just made me a better artist. I took a break from social media, making music and everything and I actually just focused on what matters. It pushed me to become a better writer which I think has made me a better artist in my eyes, and I can’t wait to show the world what I have coming up.

If you could work with any artist in the world right now who would you want to jump on an Eco$ystem track?Lil Baby, Lil Durk and NBA YoungBoy and NoCap. That’s it. All on one track.

What have you got coming up next?
I don’t have a name for it yet, but I’ve got a new track coming for you very soon!

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Words: Cass Navarro
Photography: Garrett Stevenson