BIG TIME: Gympie’s Luke Soanes has produced a new rap video that takes Gympie to the world.
BIG TIME: Gympie’s Luke Soanes has produced a new rap video that takes Gympie to the world. Renee Albrecht

Gympie film maker’s rap win

IF GYMPIE film maker Luke Soanes and his career were travelling any faster, you would hear the sonic boom.

Soanes and the whole Gympie and Wide Bay region have hit the entertainment big time with the long awaited release of his video, with American rap artists The Alkaholiks.

The American performers made a hit with Gympie people during production of Soanes' amusing neo-horror music clip.

The film, promoting the rap song, Rubber Bands, is about working tax free for cash, with the bad boys of the band emphasising that they are not working for the money, but for the rubber bands the notes are wrapped up in.

Not a lot of tax in that.

The video showcases much of the near Gympie region's scenery, including Soanes's parents' farm and Gympie's Australian Hotel.

Luke Soanes reveals new music video: Gympie film director Luke Soanes talks about his latest rap video for an American group.
Luke Soanes reveals new music video: Gympie film director Luke Soanes talks about his latest rap video for an American group.

Like all good horror movies, it begins with our heroes from the band lost in a faraway location, not quite knowing how they got there.

"Based on true events," the clip declares, followed by the scary warning: "Every year hundreds of artists go missing in outback Australia."

There they are in Toolara Forest, accompanied only by flashes of horror movie scenes which you do not quite have time to see, but which seem to look blood thirsty.

Our heroes start the story bravely walking along a forestry road, to the tune of Slim Dusty's Pub With No Beer.

An Australian drink driver pulls up in a ute and offers them a lift.

"What the bloody hell are you blokes doing out here?" the driver asks, and is told "It's a long story. We don't know where we are and we don't know how we got here."

Like all horror victims, they are looking for a place to stay and ask where they are.

"If I told you that I'd have to kill you," the driver says with an unnerving laugh.

Offering them the car's ignition immobiliser, the kind ordered to be fitted to the vehicles of high reading drink drivers, he says: "You'll have to breathe into this."

They are taken to a farm where they pick beans for cash and then to the Australian Hotel, where they serve beer, also for rolls of cash. It is all part of becoming famous in the American music scene and Soanes re-tells the band's stories of partying with one-time neighbour at one point, Mike Tyson and guests like Stevie Wonder.

His next video is for another rap artist, Cormega, from New York.