Rap star sets course for re­gion

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Time Out - Cameron Myles

Aus­tralian hip-hop heavy­weight Illy is bound for the South West, set­ting his sights on Duns­bor­ough as part of a mam­moth re­gional tour.

The rap­per — real name Alas­dair Mur­ray — will take to the stage at the Duns­bor­ough Tavern on Satur­day, Au­gust 5, be­fore tak­ing to the north of the State and head­ing to the Gold­fields.

When the Times caught up with Mur­ray, he was on his way to Dar­win for yet an­other gig, be­fore em­bark­ing on his tour of the coun­try.

“Peo­ple love live music and peo­ple love my music in re­gional cen­tres the same way they do in the cap­i­tals,” he said.

“And some peo­ple might not be able to get to the cap­i­tal cities when we play those big­ger shows.

“I’m lucky that the al­bum’s (Two De­grees) done well enough that it’s given me the abil­ity to do these big re­gional tours, which I love do­ing.”

Mur­ray said it was tough at times while on the road, es­pe­cially when the tour con­sisted of about 13 shows in Au­gust alone, but a reg­u­lar “tour fam­ily” who had been around the block a few times helped ease the strug­gle of life on the road, he said. “You can kind of

You can kind of lose a bit of your sense of place. But that’s part of it. Alas­dair ‘Illy’ Mur­ray

lose a bit of your sense of place,” Mur­ray said.

“But that’s part of it, and it’s tem­po­rary, and if you don’t let it get into your head too much, you can just kind of en­joy it.

“Be­cause you know that as soon as it’s done, you have a week re­cov­er­ing and then you’re like ‘oh, I want to do that again’.”

The suc­cess of Two De­grees — in­clud­ing Aria suc­cess and wide­spread ra­dio sup­port — is a ma­jor driver be­hind the tour.

Mur­ray said the al­bum’s sup­port was wel­comed, but al­ways un­ex­pected.

“I loved the song (Paper­cuts), but you can’t re­ally pre­dict that level of suc­cess,” he said.

“It’s kind of led to us be­ing able to do so much tour­ing — it’s cool.”

Mur­ray’s visit to Duns­bor­ough will be his first, de­spite vis­it­ing the re­gion with Groovin’ the Moo.

“It’s kind of wild to think there’s still places in the coun­try we haven’t played be­fore, but Duns­bor­ough’s one of them,” he said.

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