Sixty’s nod to the Fab Four

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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.

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