July 31st 2020
Gino October has been waiting in the wings, biding his time until he felt the world was ready. The South-African born, Auckland-based rapper has delivered his introductory single ‘Calisthenics’, the first single from his anticipated EP Look How Far We’ve Come, due out later this year.


‘Calisthenics’ is a confronting commentary of the financial and emotional stress that musicians who depend on ‘day jobs’ endure. Gino makes light work of bars in the single as he forms a comparative analysis on the gruelling self-reliant exercise regime, and the exhaustion of juggling a job to keep lights on, all whilst following one's dreams.
Born in Cape Town in ’94, the same year Nelson Mandela took his rightful place. Gino recalls falling asleep to the sound of gunshots in his neighbourhood, an environment his parents knew they needed to escape from. At 12 years old, his family made the decision to migrate to Auckland, New Zealand. A decision that will guarantee the safety and prosperity for Gino and his older brother.
At 16, Gino October began producing and recording his own music. It was his brother who recognised Gino’s keen interest in rapping, buying his little brother a mic, computer and interface so he could begin making his own beats. Fast-forward to 2020 and we arrive at the first release from his formative project Look How Far We’ve Come - a project that takes you on a gripping journey through the life of Gino October, one that is both singular yet majorly identifiable by those that have also experienced displacement in their lives.
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