Musician, Producer and Photographer
Ta-ku might be the modern day renaissance man. Haven risen to prominence as one of Australia's most in-demand beatmakers, the Perth-based artist (real name Regan Matthews) has found himself curator of a rapidly expanding, multi-disciplinary creative empire. Ta-ku's music has quickly become a global, full-time concern with involvement in projects like 50 Days For Dilla, high-profile remixes for Flume, Chet Faker, BANKS, Childish Gambino and Justin Timberlake, as well as a clutch of co-writes, production efforts and countless self-releases.
This storytelling gene is key. Once reserved as currency for his music, Ta-ku now applies it to a diverse range of passion projects that encompass photography, design, business and fashion. "I document things," he says. "I like bringing a story and attention to detail to everything I do and it's evolved into something I didn't know it was going to."
While the common thread is one of collaboration and self-expression, the key to managing these disparate passions is respect. "Having different creative outlets keeps me fresh in each one," says Ta-ku. "For a while music was all I was doing and it was becoming more of a burden than a release, and I think that's when my creativity started branching out. When I take photos or go travelling I get hungry to get back into the studio to make something."
Tell us about your first Sony experience or product?
My good friend @Tilore was shooting with his Sony a7 in Toronto when myself and my long-time friend and collaborator @Repeat_Pattern were shooting our next book from the series NO.SLEEP. The capabilities and flexibility of the camera blew my mind.How would you describe your style of photography?
I like to tell stories and spotlight the subtleties in life. The subtleties keep things really interesting for me and hopefully my audience. Since not much is given away - the story/photo is so subjective & always up for interpretation.What are some of your travel essentials?
Sony FE 85 f1.8
350 Yeezy Boost Pirate Black
Bellroy Passport Wallet
Neighbourhood Fabric Spray
Picture of my girl
Be yourself and stay true to what appeals to you. Comparing yourself to others is extremely counterproductive. Also - always know that Uncle Ta-ku loves you and believes in you haha.Website & Social
Broadcaster, Writer, Blogger and Comedian
Paul is the host and writer of Steam Punks! on ABC3, and a regular fixture on Studio 3, as well as Channel Ten’s ‘The Project’. He spent five years as a Triple J presenter, appearing as a regular guest on Breakfast with Tom and Alex, and as host of Weekend Breakfast. He was the host of Save Point on ONE HD, narrated the Beyond Entertainment documentary series Stop, Rewind, and has been a senior contributor for TheVine.com.au for five years.
He has also written for IGN, Filmink, Yen Magazine and MMGN, and is a prolific social media commentator, winning Pedestrian.tv’s King of the Tweet 2013. He has hosted the Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s Symphony of Legends, has performed sell out shows at four years of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival as part of the Lords of Luxury, and is an active presence on YouTube, where his channel has over 200,000 unique views.Tell us about your first Sony experience or product?
When I was about fifteen I got a Sony Discman! It was bright orange and the day it died a little of me died with it.You’re a regular on stage and screen, is there someone currently on stage or screen that you’d love to work with?
Helen Mirren. I don't know what would compel such a perfect human to work with me, but she worked with Ryan Reynolds recently and... Damn. I should have said Ryan Reynolds. Is it too late to change my answer? Can I have Mirren AND Reynolds?If you could name and create a product for Sony, what would it be?
I'd invent some kind of magic mechanical box that could capture images of things you put in front of it, letting you save those images for later. And I'd call it... The Snappy-Boy.™If you could get in your Delorean and time travel back to see yourself at age 10, what advice would you give yourself?
Take care of your teeth, you idiot. I'm not even kidding, brush every day and in the name of all that is holy, floss.