Illy rapt to come back

Pilbara News - - Lifestyle - Louise Alling­ham

Plat­inum-sell­ing hip-hop artist Illy says he is ex­cited to get out on the road for his up­com­ing Two De­grees re­gional tour.

The ARIA award-win­ning rap­per will hit more than 30 towns across the coun­try.

“I love play­ing shows and peo­ple like my mu­sic who don’t live in cities or where it might be dif­fi­cult for them to get to cap­i­tal cities, so it kind of works out well for ev­ery­one re­ally,” Illy said.

“We get to take our show on the road and play more gigs, which we all love do­ing, ev­ery­one in my band, and we get to meet a whole bunch of peo­ple that we oth­er­wise wouldn’t.”

Illy has a long his­tory of re­gional tour­ing af­ter hit­ting the road with Groovin the Moo and head­lin­ing Pil­bara fes­ti­vals North West Fes­ti­val and Beats in the Heat.

“(The Pil­bara shows) were re­ally good — that’s kind of why we’ve made a real point of in­clud­ing the Pil­bara on this tour,” he said.

Af­ter sold-out shows in cap­i­tal cities across the coun­try, Illy will bring hit songs from his new­est al­bum Two De­grees to the re­gions for the first time.

Two De­grees, re­leased in Novem­ber, and the artist’s fifth al­bum, climbed to No.1 on the ARIA charts and in­cludes plat­inum-sell­ing songs such as Paper­cuts and Catch 22.

Illy said the re­sponse to the new al­bum had been over­whelm­ing.

“Since it came out, even be­fore then, since Paper­cuts was re­leased, it’s been non-stop and the suc­cess we’ve had with it has meant big 43-date tours like this is pos­si­ble,” he said.

“It’s been re­ally good and it’s nice to be able to cap­i­talise on that mo­men­tum.”

Illy said it was al­ways nerve-rack­ing to re­lease a new al­bum and await fans’ and crit­ics’ re­sponses.

“As nerve-rack­ing as it can be, it’s also ex­cit­ing,” he said.

“When you be­lieve in what you’re do­ing enough, you’re will­ing to take those leaps of faith.”

Illy, along with his drum­mer and DJ, are set for a great live show.

“The set will be pri­mar­ily Two De­grees tracks but then we also go through the back cat­a­logue,” he said.

“I like to think that peo­ple who are kind of new to it will go away hav­ing heard the tracks they might know but also hear some stuff that they wouldn’t have be­fore and maybe go back and dig through that.”

Illy will per­form at the Pot Shot Ho­tel in Ex­mouth on Au­gust 10, the Dampier Mer­maid on Au­gust 11, and the Pier Ho­tel, Port Hed­land on Au­gust 12. Tick­ets are on sale at illyal.com.

Hip-hop artist Illy will be tour­ing the North West in Au­gust.

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