Cakes Da Killa Brings His Signature Flow To Vivid And Beyond This June

American rap and hip hop aficionado Cakes Da Killa heads to Australia for the first time since 2018.

Cakes Da Killa - Image © Ebru Yildiz

Cakes will present the 'Muvaland' tour in support of recent releases such as the 'Muvaland' EP volumes one and two, and 'Killa Essentials'.

But that's not all Cakes has been up to since the last trip down under – he's also released his own short film and starred in the Netflix original 'Rhythm & Flow', which also featured Cardi B, Chance The Rapper and T.I.

Cakes is known as a leading figure among a new wave of queer hip hop acts. Much of Cakes' musical presence blends '90s grit with high energy club beats, and he'll be bringing his signature stylings through Australia with visits to Sydney for Vivid to kick things off, then to Hobart for Dark Mofo, and additional stops in Brisbane and Melbourne.

We had a chat to Cakes about his performances as part of Vivid and more this June.

Tell us a bit about you and your background in music.
I’m a performer and lyricist who mixes house, dance, and hip hop.

What made you want to start a career in the industry?
I didn’t actively want a career in music, I sort of fell into it and decided to stay after my first tour.

You recently put out your own short film. Tell us about that!
'Visibility Sucks' is a short I wrote and star in that documents the spiral a lot of creatives went through dealing with the pandemic. I wanted a creative way to show what I was dealing with after being forced to work a 9-5 for the first time in my adult life. It’s a great film, watch it!

And how about a little about ‘Killa Essentials’.
That’s just a collection of older material that I decided to make public on streaming. I came up in the SoundCloud era so a lot of my throwbacks were not on Spotify. I don’t consider it a proper release.

What can fans expect from your tour and Vivid Sydney performance?
A great show full of antics.

And what are you most looking forward to about coming back to Australia?

You last toured here in 2018. What would you say is the biggest change in yourself between then and now?
I’m a little older, a little wiser and way hotter.

What was the main thing you did to pass the time in lockdown?
I’ve been very productive. Worked on my first short film 'Visibility Sucks', dropped two EPs 'Muvaland' volumes one and two, and I’ve been prepping my sophomore album which will be out this fall. So yeah, I’ve been busy.

Cakes Da Killa plays Oxford Art Factory on 17 June as part of Vivid Sydney. Tickets and info here.

Cakes Da Killa 2022 Tour Dates

17 June – Oxford Art Factory (Vivid Sydney)
18 June – Odeon Theatre (Dark Mofo Hobart)
24 June – The Tivoli (Brisbane)
25 June – Melbourne Pavilion