By Ebony Boadu
" I had a little money left over from my Bar Mitzvah, just sitting in an account since I was 13 so one day I just withdrew it all and bought two turntables and a mixer. I had a couple of friends growing up that DJ’ed but back then we were just playing in our bedrooms, not clubs or anything cause we were underage. I think it was when I decided that I wasn't gonna make music. I figured I'm not a band dude, so I'm gonna try this. I think I was around 17 or 18, couldn’t really mix at all (was pretty bad) and played at a house party where people were loving the tunes and I was like I'm gonna do this forever!"
" I had friends who played in bands growing up and I always tried to do the kind of band thing in highschool, but it was just very apparent quite early that I just wasn't meant to make music I don't think. Still, I was just obsessed with it, ever since I was a kid. The first time I got any bit of money I went out and bought records or CD’s, especially Hip Hop and Soul and Funk and Jazz. From a really early age I was just completely OCD about music. And yeah, I just sort of went with it and kept DJing and did lots of random jobs that didn't really get me anywhere when I was younger but I was always still involved in music somehow."
"I had a couple of friends growing up that DJ’ed but back then we were just playing in our bedrooms, not clubs or anything cause we were underage. And I had a little bit of savings and it wasn't much but it was enough to buy two turntables and a mixer. I think it was when I decided that I wasn't gonna make music. I figured I'm not a band dude, so I'm gonna try this. I think I was around 17 or 18, couldn’t really mix at all and played at a house party where people were loving the tunes and I was like I'm gonna do this forever!
I think anyone who performs, as soon as you get that kind of reaction you just want to keep experiencing it, and I think that’s what I was drawn to. It's not so much about that anymore, as I got older I started enjoying the ritual of dropping new music and having people experience music. And I love putting on parties."
"I used to run a night with another friend Count Doyle called Dynamite, a Reggae Dancehall night. Heaps of kids used to turn up and it was a really good vibe. And then that kind of ended and at the time I was playing a lot of other parties and Levins and Elston would always be at playing as well. I remember one night just talking to those guys saying we should put on a rap night. Cause at the time, it was weird, Sydney Hip Hop parties were just like straight up old school classics, everyone played the same 50 songs. So we wanted to put on a night that had some classics, but also had newer kinda stuff and rarer sounds people weren't used to. So we kinda blended all that together and found a venue that cost us pretty much nothing, a friend made us a flyer and we just started Halfway Crooks."
"My favourite Hip Hop album of all time is Mobb Deep’s 'The Infamous'. Its like a classic 90’s New York album and there’s a song on there which is one of the most iconic Hip Hop tracks ever called ‘Shook Ones Part II’, and in it they say ‘there’s no such thing as halfway crooks’. It was kind of saying how the soft guys, the non-thuggy kinda guys, were only halfway in, they weren't real crooks. So the name of the party was a bit of a joke because it’s a Hip Hop night run by a couple of like dorky white dudes. We were the opposite of the thugs and crooks.
We had our 6th birthday last month and now the name has become somewhat of an institution. We play as Halfway Crook for other parties, festivals and events too which is really cool. We've always had a first come first served policy, and no special treatment at the party. Everyone is equal and just there to have fun. Still to this day people hit us up like 'hey guys do you do bottle service and roped off areas or a dress code?' Hell no! We do cheap drinks and mayhem"