Rap star sets course for region
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.