Hip Illy still hop­ping

South Western Times - - Times Life - Emily Ace

DE­SPITE the dou­ble plat­inum sin­gle

Catch 22, the triple plat­inum ARIA award-nom­i­nated sin­gle Paper­cuts and Oh My flood­ing the air­waves, Aus­tralian hip hop artist Illy said he still gets a kick out of hear­ing his songs played on the ra­dio.

“What­ever song it is, I still get a kick out of it, it’s never not a thrill – as corny as that might sound it’s the truth,” he said.

“I worked for a long time be­fore my songs ever got played on the ra­dio, so I hope that I never get to a point where I take it for granted.”

Illy will tour re­gional Aus­tralia ex­ten­sively for the first time next month on the back of his al­bum Two De­grees and was par­tic­u­larly look­ing for­ward to his gig at the Prince of Wales Ho­tel on Au­gust 3.

“Bun­bury is the first re­gional show that ever sold out for me, so I have re­ally fond mem­o­ries of Bun­bury,” he said.

“I’d like to think that we are go­ing to put on a big per­for­mance ev­ery­where we go, but know­ing Bun­bury as well as I do, I know you al­ways go a bit harder be­cause they are wild down there.”

Two De­grees peaked at No. 1 on the ARIA charts and fea­tures a raft of col­lab­o­ra­tions, in­clud­ing the most re­cent sin­gle Oh My with Tonight Alive’s lead singer Jenna McDougall.

“I write all the cho­ruses by my­self and demo them with my mic and my re­ally av­er­age voice and then I will pitch them to a singer I have in mind or a par­tic­u­lar style of vo­cal that I have in mind,” he said.

“We were re­ally lucky this time around that pretty much ev­ery­one we sent the tracks to came back say­ing they wanted to be a part of it, so it came to­gether re­ally quickly.”

Illy said the most spe­cial mo­ment of the al­bum cre­ation process is hear­ing the idea in his mind come to fruition.

“When I get the vo­cals there on the track and hear my idea and then the artists make it magic and bring it to life,” he said.

“It’s in­sane to hear how you have it in your head down be­cause some­one else is singing – it is weird but it’s awe­some.”

Illy de­scribed reach­ing No. 1 on the ARIA charts as a “big mile­stone mo­ment in my ca­reer” and re­vealed he only took out the top spot by a mere 100 copies.

When asked for a favourite on the al­bum, Illy sim­ply said he “gen­uinely loves ev­ery sin­gle song”.

“Any track that I wasn’t fully in love with didn’t make the al­bum.”

Two De­grees

Illy will light up the Prince of Wales Ho­tel on Au­gust 3 as part of his al­bum tour.

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