Sixty’s nod to the Fab Four
hip-hop artist 360’s ‘‘army’’ – as he affectionately calls fans – might be surprised to learn The Beatles top his list of musical influences. Sixty – real name Matt Colwell (pictured) – grew up listening to hip hop and rap but later familiarised himself with indie and pop tunes. ‘‘I listened to the whole Beatles catalogue back to back many times,’’ he says. ‘‘They had no rules with what they were doing. Their music takes so many turns. It’s unreal. I want to have an open mind (like The Beatles) and keep making music and going anywhere with it.’’ He says of his second album Falling & Flying, which he released last year: ‘‘There was no set path that I wanted to take musically. It was natural and organic. The better songs on the record are the more personal ones. The tracks I wrote from personal experiences and my personal insecurities were my favourites. People can relate to that as well.’’ When Sixty announced Australian tour dates in March, most shows sold out within 24 hours and more dates were added to meet demand. ‘‘It’s insane, I couldn’t believe it,’’ he says. ‘‘ Social media, he says, plays a big part of his success. ‘‘It’s a way to stay current and keep in people’s ears,’’ he says. ‘‘It’s a massive part of society. When people hear a track they like they share it.’’
360, Hermitude, Bam Bam and Gosslings play The Hi Fi, Brisbane, on Monday.