Local hip hop artists Travez Butler aka Lil Trezz and Joe Lewis aka JL the their studio at Gracemere.
Local hip hop artists Travez Butler aka Lil Trezz and Joe Lewis aka JL the their studio at Gracemere. Allan Reinikka

Home-made rap studio changing lives of teenagers

WANTING to give the youth of Rockhampton a chance to succeed in life through music is Gracemere man Joe Lewis's passion.

With his own home-made recording studio in his garage, teens like Travez Butler have a chance to show their talent, but also keep out of trouble.

Travez aka Lil Trez, 16, said he had been using Joe's studio to rap and make music, which had helped him in many ways.

"I like to rap about anything, I just write it down and come here and rap it," he said.

"It's kept me out of trouble and I really like doing it."

Joe, aka JL, started to get serious about setting up a studio for himself and others to use about two years ago and has since had about four or five teenagers come and give a rapping a go.

"It started as a hobby but what I aim to do is get people from all music genres and make music together," Joe said.

"I want to get it out to an audience and just show the seriousness of it."

Joe, who has been involved in hip-hop for a long time, sees a need for activities and facilities for young people.

"Rockhampton doesn't really have much to offer kids and that's why there is so much crime, but we want to get them off the street and doing something worthwhile," he said.

"It would be great for the community to get behind it and give it support because that's the only way it will get off the ground.

"It would be great to get a government grant so we can help as many kids as possible."

Joe's sister has sung on some of the tracks, as well as his brother, who has played guitar on some tracks too.

To top it off, a family friend produced videos to songs, which have reached 4000 views online.

"Hip-hop is not just all about violence, explicit and vulgar language that it's known for, it's for anyone who wants to do it," he said.

If you'd like to get involved then phone Joe on 0431 017 077 or go to his Facebook page JL.


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