Arun Neelakandan

Rotaris (Arun) is an Indian-Australian who makes hip hop and digital art for smart folks.

An advocate of continuous learning, he almost exclusively produces his own music and visuals. “I love learning and creating — and being an artist allows me to do both.”

Musically, he has rapped over house, grime, boom-bap as well as trap beats. Similarly varied are the themes he tackles — with topics such as veganism, psuedoscience, and addiction falling under his microscope.

A self-taught newcomer to the hip hop music scene, he has also performed in many local music events such as Parramatta Lanes and 4Elements All Age Hip Hop Festival — where he shared the stage with the likes of L-FRESH The LION and DOBBY.

Visually, he has explored synthetic surface materials in natural environments as well as music visualisations. "I love how 3D software can help you merge the realistic with the alien. I also love exploring ways to actually visualise music."

“It's just a super exciting time to be an artist — especially from Western Sydney and with my background.”