Defron is an English-Australian rapper, writer & poet from Melbourne, Australia. He is the 2009 Revolver MC Battle Champion and 2013 & 2017 state finalist in the Australian Poetry Slam.
He has released one EP and appeared on national radio & television including Channel 10, Channel 31, ABC, JJJ, RRR, PBS, FBI, SYN FM and Kiss FM. With an esteemed reputation for his freestyle rapping capabilities, Defron has hosted private & public events including Australia’s National Youth Week launch day and Metro Public Transport’s Victorian Great Race competition for primary schools.
A stalwart of his city’s music scene, Defron has performed in Melbourne’s most esteemed venues including Workers Club, The Espy, Laundry Bar, Evelyn Hotel, Penny Black, Max Watts and more. He has shared the stage alongside Odd Future, 360, Mantra, Illy, Seth Sentry, Akil (of Jurassic 5), Pez and has collaborated with Rahj Conkas (produced for Urthboy, Funkoars and Nooki), Kwasi (WVS), Sinks (2017 Hilltop Hoods Initiative Winner) and 1/6 (2010 Hilltop Hoods Initiative Winner).
As a writer his fiction & non-fiction has been published in Going Down Swinging, Verandah, Voiceworks, Overland, Tone Deaf, Kill Your Darlings and in 2011 he was shortlisted for the Judith Rodriguez Prize.
Rapping since adolescence, a music career was initially unlikely for Defron after he was diagnosed with hearing impairment at five years of age. Adversity reared its head once again when he was treated for testicular cancer fourteen years later.
Forced to mature at a young age through battling severe illness, Defron has a passion for empowering tomorrow’s leaders and at-risk-youth through hip-hop. Since 2009 he has been running his own independent lyric writing & rapping workshops with Freeza & The Push at rural and metropolitan youth services where he promotes overcoming hardship through creative expression and positive resolve. To date he has facilitated hip-hop lyricism and performance workshops with Wyndham City Youth Services, Deakin University, Royal Children’s Hospital (Melbourne), Creative-Write It, Operation Newstart Torquay, Wild at Heart Community Arts and more.
Today Defron teaches English, creative writing, debating & poetry, as well as running the hip-hop & electronica department at Victorian non-profit youth music organisation The Push. He is currently independently running hip-hop workshops & demonstrations at schools, youth-services and universities as well as working on two new music projects, one with his band Kilamari and the other his second solo effort, “Maybe You’ll Be Famous When You’re Dead” all originally produced by friend and close collaborator Calvin Irons.