MC / Producer / Beatboxer / Cultural Worker
As a founding member of one of Australia’s early legendary underground hip hop acts, MetaBass’n’Breath, Marlon Porter (aka: Elf Tranzporter), has earned a healthy reputation throughout the music, theater and spoken word/poetry scene, for his ‘heart-core’ lyricism, home-made instrumentation and cypher-driven beatbox skills to audiences throughout Australia and abroad.
Whether rhyming over electronic beats, rocking with a live band, or dropping an improvised ‘character-driven’ a cappella within a theater production [i.e. The Bridge (Australia’s first hip hop play – 1995): Diatribe (Melbourne Workers Theater – 2005)], ET’s fresh and original styles, consistently manage to bridge the gap that often divides music made to energize the dance floor with that of music intended to provoke thought and raise consciousness.
As an off-shore member of the group, Heavyweight Dub Champion (SF), Elf Tranzporter appears on the HDC+’s LP, ‘Rise of the Champion Nation’ along side KRS ONE, Dr. Israel and Wu-Tang Clan’s Killah Priest.
Over the course of his years performing, Mr. Tranzporter has managed to share the stage with a variety of world class acts including: The legendary beat-poet, Allen Ginsberg, Grand Wizard Theodore, The Roots, Project Blowed, Zion I, Mos Def & Talib Kweli (Blackstar), Living Legends, Spearhead, Kid Lucky, Black Alicious, Ozomatli, Fat Boy Slim, The Invisible Scratch Pickles, Z-Trip, Jeru the Damaga, Run DMC, DJ Shadow, Lyrics Born, Jurassic 5, Public Enemy, John Butler Trio, Australian High Court Judge, Justice Michael Kirby and M1 (Dead Prez).
ET’s International tours over the last few years have included 6 week series of shows in Japan (2009) promoting his debut LP, ‘Ethereal Lotus Fleet’ as well as a tour tour (2011), to Europe with his crew Combat Wombat commencing with the Fusion Festival (East Germany), and continuing on through the UK, Belgium, Switzerland, the Netherlands and France along with solo performances in the US, (Chicago, NYC and LA).
Regularly conducting workshops in both urban and Outback settings throughout the last decade, Elf Tranzporter, continues to share his knowledge and passion for music, tutoring disadvantaged and high-risk youth. These workshops take place within primary schools, juvenile justice centers, drug and alcohol rehab programs, and have involved conducting music programs within Indigenous Communities, as well as refugee organizations in Melbourne and throughout Australia. Currently, ET along with fellow producer, Monkey Marc are conducting two months of hip hop workshops within various schools and remote communities throughout The NT, WA and QL from May to the early July, 2012.
Elf Tranzporter’s first solo LP, entitled ‘Ethereal Lotus Fleet,’ (2007) continues to draw rave reviews and steadily beckons calls for follow up currently in the works.
With a third Combat Wombat release on the way in the next coming months, as well as a second solo LP in progress, Elf Tranzporter’s musical endeavors continue to generate collaboration invites as well as an ever-growing interest from festival organizers and promoter within hip hop and the wider music world at large.
Heavyweight Dub Champion