Ta­ku is a modern day renaissance man. Rising to prominence as one of Australia’s most in­ demand beat-makers, the Perth ­based artist (real name Regan Matthews) has found himself curator of a rapidly expanding, multi­disciplinary creative empire.

Borne from a late ­night sideline to his day job selling health insurance, Ta­ku’s music has quickly become a global, full­ time concern. From early days uploading chopped hip­hop cuts to Soundcloud, the “genre ­killer”‘s prodigious credits now include ambitious projects like 50 Days For Dilla, high ­profile remixes for Flume, Chet Faker, BANKS, Childish Gambino and Justin Timberlake, as well as a clutch of co­writes, production efforts and countless self ­releases.

This insatiable drive to create is a personal one ­ “I started making music when my mum and dad split up when I was in high­ school,” says Ta­ku. “So it will always be a storytelling and emotional outlet for me.” This storytelling gene is key.

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