Hey y’all. I still need to update this page so that it provides more up-to-date info ABOUT the Juice Media. Some day I’ll get around to it. But for now, I’m leaving the old text here!
Juice Rap News: the internet nation’s on-beat musical, independent current-affairs programme responsible for turning bollocks-news into socio-poetical analyses which everyone can relate to and understand – written & created by Giordano Nanni & Hugo Farrant in a backyard home-studio in suburban Melbourne, Australia – on Wurundjeri land.
Photo by Kahlia Litzow
Hugo Farrant is Juice Rap News’s lyricist, responsible for crafting the rhymes and flows of each episode, and plays the role of the amiable anchorman Robert Foster – as well as many of the characters who appear on the show, including the show’s regular guests: Military-industrial-complex spokesperson General Baxter and conspiracy-guru Terrence Moonseed. Hailing from Branksome in the UK, Hugo is a prolific rhymer, freestyle-rapper, orator, MC and spoken-word poet who regularly graces the stages and festivals in Melbourne and across Australia. Having spent 10+ years rhyming and rapping, he now also crafts rhymes for Juice Rap News.
Giordano Nanni is Juice Rap News’s writer & editor, responsible for crafting the narratives, critiques and philosophies explored by Robert Foster and the other characters on the show. Giordano also appears in Rap News in the role of regular characters such as Aussie-correspondent Ken Oathcarn, Russian reporter Ivan Sakamunev, MSMBS anchorman Brian Washington, shady NWO representative William de Berg, and the advice-dispensing George Orwell. A PhD in history, Giordano has published two books (Coranderrk: We Will Show the Country and The Colonisation of Time) and is the instigator of a number of creative projects – including TheJuiceMedia, which he started in 2008.
Robert Foster: The collaboration of form and content between Hugo and Giordano is embodied in the character of Robert Foster, Juice Rap News’s affable anchorman, whose retro outfits and biting critiques of current affairs have earned him respect in the whimsical world of news satire. Since their first broadcast in October 2009, Giordano and Hugo’s collaboration has given Juice Rap News its unique flavour, bringing together their passions for rap, history, satire, journalism… and scrambled eggs.
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Juice Rap News relies on the involvement of a dedicated team of people, including support actors, voice-over artists, music composers, vfx artists, designers, make-up artists and prop-makers. Here are some of the people who make this project possible.
Zoe Tame is Juice Rap News’s main graphic designer: a black-belt in Photoshop, she creates many of the images featured in our videos.
Jonas Schweizer, aka “KookyBone”, is one of our awesome international collaborators. Though we’ve never met him face to face, Jonas has been collaborating with us remotely since RN13, and is responsible for many of the awesome animations, backgrounds, effects, gun-fights and explosions, which you see in Rap News.
Adrian Sergovich is responsible for infusing our broadcasts with pure orchestral awesomeness. Adrian’s talents as a composer are currently being violently exploited by the advertising industry, but we dream of hiring him full time once we have a decent budget.
Zoë Amanda Wilson & Ellen Burbidge are our two awesome supporting actors who often come on to play the female roles in Juice Rap News.
Lucy Cahill does all our female voices, and occasionally appears as a supporting actor
Rosie Dunlop is Juice Rap News’s make-up and effects artist.
Zoë Umlaut & Gilles Gundermann who source and/or construct our props
Koolfy from Nurpa.be in France who creates the sync’d English captions for all our episodes
Ming lends a hand with some voice-overs and vocal effects and occasionally appears as a supporting actor
Our regular translators: Julie Chatagnon, Euclides, Jonas Maebe, Tamara, Marjan, Vojta and Lery, Jonathan… and many others
And for ongoing support and comradeship: Asher Wolf, The Kindle Project, the WikiLeaks crew, Ben Erwin, Damian Tapley, Eph Jos, Caitlin, Dave Abbott, Nick & Trav, Tundra Punks, and Franklin Lopez of Submedia
Others still have contributed over the years as extras, translators, assistants, advisors or facilitators – and they too have helped make Juice Rap News what it is.