While not strictly straight Hip hop, 1200 techniques have called themselves alternative hip hop. While taking a strong influence of Hip Hop on board, 1200 techniques also have influences from a wide variety of music styles, including 70's rock, funk, electro, drum and bass.
Peril himself, who also produces for the band, has a wide range of musical backgounds, from being a b-boy to dub and reggae. Peril began playing with his crew Big Pacific, they were the first era of hip hop in Melbourne, along with AKA brothers, Rise and Taki, and the Hilltop Hustlers. It was here he became fascinated by production. He Dj'd with Blow Sound Unit in the early 90's and then joined rollercoaster. He met Nfamas and Kabba in 1997, and they formed the group.
Nfa was born in London and moved out here when he was four. He has managed to keep a neutral-ish accent, and uses it for the distinctive style of rapping he does for the band. In 1998, Kemstar, Peril's brother joined up, and Kabba eventually moved to the UK in 1999.
The name is nothing to do with the Technics 1200 turntable, it describes (roughly) how many styles they have.
1200 Techniques have supported Linkin Park, and released their debut single 'Hard as Hell' in 2000. In 2002, the band released their debut album 'Choose One' - spawing the hit single 'Karma'.
Their 2004 release Consistency Theory included the singles "Eye of the Storm" and "Where Ur At?". The former received some airplay on mainstream radio, while the latter reached the top 40 singles chart, peaking at #35. Following the album's release, the group appeared at the Big Day Out festival in early 2004. Consistency Theory peaked at #38 on the album chart.
Nfamas and DJ Peril have branched out into solo careers, with Nfamas renaming himself N'fa and releasing two singles "Left Right Left" and "Cause an Effect." DJ Peril released a solo album, King of the Beats, which includes the single "It's About to Blow", and "Rock Ya Baby" which features singer Rahsaan Patterson. DJ Peril is currently signed to the Street Elite record label. Kemstar played guitar with the Australian supergroup The Jack (with members of You Am I, Grinspoon, The Living End, Spiderbait, and Sender) for the Thunderstruck soundtrack, performing on the songs "Crash & Burn" and "It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll)".