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solo artist & member of Loose Change

Ellesquire (Luke Simmons) has made significant contributions to the Australian hip hop landscape. A co-founder of Big Village, he blends traditional hip hop braggadocio with self-deprecating and eloquent humour. His debut album, Ready, released through Big Village in August 2011, received widespread admiration. His first single “On the Prowl” became a Triple J sensation, marginally missing their Hottest 100 countdown in 2011 at #103. His second single “Chasing the Pay” also received high rotation on Triple J and he was named one of their Next Crop Artists. Rolling Stone Magazine called the album “both soulful and scintillating” and praised “Ellesquire’s gentle delivery and inherent wit” and the “silky production work by jazz muso and beatmaker P Major.” His 2013 mixtape, The Messtape, is equally soulful and showcases his playful lyricism and wordplay. It features original songs and reworkings of diverse hip hop beats. A versatile performer, Ellesquire performed with Tuka (Thundamentals) for Groovin the Moo Festival and supported Seth Sentry on his sold-out Dear Science Tour in 2013; supported KRS One at Enmore Theatre and Danny Brown at Vivid Live Festival at the Opera House in 2012; and played at Peats Ridge Festival in 2011. Ellesquire is also member of hip hop group Loose Change