Who are we chatting to and what do you do in the band? You’re speaking to LAB RAT, the alter-ego of Dylan James. I’m a hip hop artist from Geelong, working with Tuco Records and Rocketman Management.

If you could travel back in time and show one of your musical heroes your stuff, who would it be and why? It would be David Bowie. It’s tragic he passed last year – he was my favourite musician of all time. I thought the way he managed to master so many different styles without compromising his integrity was amazing. I would take any advice he had to give.

What do you love about making music? That I can express myself on something I’m feeling and hope that someone out there can relate/react to what I’m expressing. It’s therapeutic. I think that’s the beauty of music.

What’ve you got to sell CD-wise? My first mixtape Grit City is available on Spotify now, and I’m about to release my second mixtape, which contains ‘Young Aussie Osbourne’. Recently, ‘Young Aussie Osbourne’ was selected for GZA and DJ Symphony's (Wu-Tang Clan) Wu-Invasion Australia mixtape series. Also, I have an animated music video coming soon for the trackSatanic Cheerleader’, created by the amazing Monique Skurrie.

What can a punter expect from your live show? An energetic performance showcasing lyrical hip hop and my own unique blend of hard productions, with my self-penned rapid-fire delivery.

Keep updated with all things LAB RAT on his website.