The Australian hip-hop beatmaker selects music not for the turn up but for the turn down, full of downbeat piano and orchestral ambience.
A self-taught beatmaking scholar, Ta-ku has a keen ear for soulful melodies and smacking drums. After joining the 2008 Academy in Barcelona, Ta-ku built up his reputation with a series of free mixtapes, drawing attention from the likes of G.O.O.D. Music, Dilated Peoples, John Robinson and Chet Faker. Honing his skills while releasing through labels such as HW&W, Project:Mooncircle and Future Classic, he’s become one of Australia’s most in-demand producers — but music isn’t his only creative outlet. He heads up creative agencies, like the sneaker and clothing company Team Cozy, and runs Create & Explore, an outlet for collaborative endeavors between video, photography and music. In 2018, Ta-ku launched his label, 823 Records, featuring his own cover art and images.