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,[citation needed] 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)".

Listen

Australia's longest running chart countdown is all over the map!

To find out what frequency Take 40 is broadcast on in your area, simply select your state on the map below and choose your nearest host station. If Australia's official countdown isn't broadcast in your area, ring your local station and tell'em you want to hear it!

New South Wales

Location Station Frequency Day & Time
Wagga Wagga STAR FM 93.1 Saturday, 3:00 pm
Griffith STAR FM 99.7 Saturday, 3:00 pm
Coffs Harbour STAR FM 105.5 Saturday, 3:00 pm
Gosford SEA FM 101.3 Saturday, 3:00 pm
Sydney 2DAY FM 104.1 Saturday, 3:00 pm
Goulburn EAGLE FM 93.5 Sunday, 6:00 pm
Orange STAR FM 105.9 Saturday, 3:00 pm
Albury Wodonga STAR FM 104.9 Saturday, 3:00 pm
Newcastle NX FM 106.9 Saturday, 3:00 pm
Dubbo STAR FM 93.5 Saturday, 3:00 pm
Wollongong i98 FM 98 Sunday, 6:00 pm
Cooma SNOW 97.7 FM 97.7 Sunday, 6:00 pm
Lithgow 107.9 FM 107.9 Saturday, 3:00 pm
Port Macquarie STAR FM 102.3 Saturday, 3:00 pm

About Take 40

Take 40 Australia® is the nation's first and longest running music countdown

The Take 40 Australia® brand encompasses radio, online, television and new media. Using a combination of radio airplay, digital and retail sales the Take 40 chart is Australia's most trusted record of the week's biggest songs.

Now broadcast nationally each week to over 1.2 million listeners, Take 40 is the country's most listened to weekly music radio programme. With a focus on the biggest stars, Take 40 Australia is truly 'the home of the hits!'

Ash London

Ash London brings volume and energy to Australia’s only official countdown alongside co-host Angus O’Loughlin on Take 40.

Ash has had some awesome music and artist encounters, listing some of her favourite memories including the world’s most awkward piggy back from Ed Sheeran. She is known for relating to all music talent and just by being her fun, laidback, quirky self. Even 5 Seconds of Summer has asked her to join their band!

Angus O'Loughlin

Angus, brings the charm and tongue-in-cheek flavour to the countries only official countdown – Take 40 with co-host Ash London.

He hangs his hat on doing "real" interviews where he is not afraid to explore anything and everything about the person sitting across from him.

Angus’s passion for music, creative spontaneity and boy-meets-world curiosity sees him as a favourite with the industry, fans, and artists alike; a guy who is just living his dream… and getting paid for it!