Australian Hip Hop pioneer, writer and actor BRIGGS has teamed up with the multi-talented comedian, actor and composer TIM MINCHIN to record a new song titled ‘HOUSEFYRE’. A collaborative effort undertaken during self-isolation, the track provides a comedic and observational commentary on the Australian political leadership during the recent bushfire crisis and the COVID – 19 pandemic.
Briggs explains how the idea came about: “Cabin fever manifests in strange ways and while I’ve been stuck at home working on new music and practising good social distancing, the idea came to me to hit up my friend Tim Minchin to work on a fun idea. Black and red together hasn’t looked this good since the ’93 grand final.”
On the collaboration Tim Minchin says ‘I’ve been wanting to do something with Briggs for years but couldn’t work out what idea to go to him with. Then a few days ago, he sent a track over and asked if I’d wanna write a chorus for it. I think my exact words were “fuck yeah”. So much fun to make, and such a buzz to work with the Senator.’
The companion video has been created by actor and director Christiaan Van Vuuren known for his work on BondiHipsters and ABC’s Soul Mates and features both Briggs and Tim Minchin at their respective homes on a hilarious and tongue-in-cheek video call discussion about the latest news. The clip was filmed in isolation; completely on their smart phones and in compliance with the most recent restrictions for social distancing.