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Urban Overload - Ben Nitiva

Author: Darryn King
Friday, 23 November 2007

The second Urban Overload hip hop / RnB talent comp happened a few weeks ago. 3D talks to Ben Nitiva, who took out second place.

Congrats! Tell us a bit about yourself and how you decided to get involved in this comp.
Thank you very much I was so excited in taking out second place.I’ve been doing music for a while now – I started through a course by MC Trey of Foreign Heights when I was 16 years old and ever since then she has been my mentor. I just finished doing a course in youth work because I would like to get involved in the youth community side and help young people develop their skills and get them out of trouble.
For the urban overload comp MC Phrease rang me up and asked me if I wanted to do this competition.

What was the vibe like up there- What’s going through your mind when you have the mic in your hand and the audience is waiting on you-
I loved the vibe. The crowd was cheering when I got on – maybe because of my afro. As soon as the song played, I kinda froze ’cause my song choice – Nelly Furtado’s I’m Like A Bird – wasn’t exactly urban but more pop and everyone was doing hip hop rap. I’m an RnB singer so at first I thought I’d get booed off stage but the crowd got more into it and so did I. My mind was like, you know what- I’m gonna sing this song from my heart, because it’s a song I really feel from the heart.

Were you impressed with the other local talent that got up on stage that night- Any worthy foes-
Yeah I was very surprised at how many Aussie unsigned hip hop acts there are – I loved horrified, they just rocked it up doing their originals. Everyone was good.

Can people hit you up on MySpace for more info-
Of course I love MySpace – the best place for networking with other musicians and hooking up to make music. I’ve met a few celebrities through MySpace, ha ha… Check it out for my gig dates.

So, going forward, where would you like to take your skills-
I’d like to take my skills to the next level, hopefully get signed to a label. I wanna work on my demo album and hopefully people will appreciate the music I’ve got to offer. Maybe one day I’ll be on the front cover of 3D World – I’d like that, ha ha… Can I-

Keep it up for a while, squirt, we’ll call you…

WHO: Ben Nitiva