It’s all about atmosphere in Sadiva’s ‘Wit U’

It was late March of this year when I first saw the tattoo covered, pink bobbed, sportswear clad producer, playing at well-known Melbourne bar, Workshop. No sooner had I sat down and heard her over the speakers did I stand up to ask the bar staff who she was.

SADIVA.

A Melbourne-based beat-maker and utiliser of rap and hip-hop, I was relieved, after months of observing predominantly male producers at Melbourne bars and clubs, to finally see a female artist who seemed to be weaving her way successfully through a male-dominated game. Gender hardly matters though; Sadiva produces music that rises to the highest production level of any electronic music currently coming out of Melbourne.

Her latest release, ‘Wit U’, is an ode to her developing and unique style, one that focuses on repeated, catchy voice samples and revolves around atmospheric creation. In fact, that’s what one will fall in love with most when listening to Sadiva’s discography. Every track, though short in length, emphasises a story or a theme, created by collaborating strong and recognisable riffs with mastered backing beats. The hip-hop beat that weaves its way behind the vocals of ‘Wit U’ alongside airy synths is a prime example of this.

Having just released Lethal Chops earlier this year, which focused more on beat-making than rapping, Sadiva is set to release her debut album Bodega State of Mind very soon. She’s also just announced future tour dates for the USA and Canada. With all of this going on I have to wonder how Sadiva finds the time to be at a new venue or gig every weekend, bouncing around the Melbourne scene quicker than most producers I’ve seen. I guess all that practice is what makes her music so good. We look forward to the future with Sadiva.

WORDS BY JULIE FENWICK

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