Rap­per sings to save lives

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THERE’S no need to re­mind ARIA-nom­i­nated, chart-storm­ing Mel­bourne rap­per 360 to count his bless­ings.

360, aka Mat Col­well, is scratch­ing his head in the wake of an in­cred­i­ble 12 months that has seen him en­joy the great­est highs and lows of his life.

360 pro­posed to now fi­ancee Crys­tal Bale al­most a year ago – around the time he re­leased his hit al­bum, Fall­ing and Fly­ing.

A run­away hit, the al­bum has earned 360 six ARIA award nom­i­na­tions and re­cently clocked up 12 months in the ARIA charts. In fact, 360 has be­come one of the hottest acts in the coun­try, adding a Jager­meis­ter In­de­pen­dent Mu­sic Award for best hip-hop al­bum to his haul this week.

Be­hind the scenes, how­ever, he and Bale have strug­gled with ‘‘some crazy per­sonal stuff’’.

‘‘It’s been an in­cred­i­ble year for me. I’ve gone through some crazy per­sonal stuff, some dark stuff, and this is just mad,’’ 360 says of his nods.

‘‘I got en­gaged about a year ago but since then Crys­tal’s had about three mates com­mit sui­cide. It’s been a mas­sive thing for us, try­ing to get past that. We’ve been try­ing to put the word out to help peo­ple.

‘‘It’s been ter­ri­ble. I sort of feel like I’ve got a lot of young kids who look up to me and stuff and I can help change the way they think about cer­tain things. So we’ve made videos of us, both record­ing and speak­ing, and posted them on YouTube, plead­ing with kids who want to take their life not to do it. Talk to some­one – once you take your life, that’s it.’’

360 says the ex­pe­ri­ences have strength­ened his re­solve to choose his words even more care­fully and make ev­ery rap, ev­ery rhyme, on fu­ture new ma­te­rial count.

‘‘I’ll put a lot more thought and a lot of work into mak­ing the songs that I do about that topic very touch­ing, so it hits home with a lot of kids that it’s fi­nal,’’ he says.

‘‘It’s been a case of high and low. It’s been crazy. With all this stuff mu­si­cally go­ing great, and ev­ery­thing pos­i­tive with the mu­sic, and a to­tally dif­fer­ent story be­hind that and peo­ple don’t get it. I’ve still got a job to do and stuff.’’

360 says he’s de­cided his next al­bum will be a mix of cov­ers and orig­i­nals to be re­leased around Christ­mas.

‘‘It’s gonna fea­ture some big names and some sin­gles off that will be avail­able for free off the in­ter­net,’’ he says.

‘‘I’m look­ing for­ward to giv­ing back to the fans and in­ter­act­ing with them. . . I don’t do Face­book any­more. It’s hard to keep up now and there are a lot of neg­a­tive peo­ple on Face­book as well and I don’t like pay­ing at­ten­tion to that. I still post on it, I just don’t re­ally repy to wall posts.’’

A huge hit with fans at this year’s Groovin the Moo and Splen­dour in the Grass fes­ti­vals, 360 head­lines to­mor­row’s Gold Coast 600 Sounds concert at Broad­wa­ter Park­lands and will re­turn to the Coast in Jan­uary for the Big Day Out.

The Gold Coast 600 Sounds con­certs plays Broad­wa­ter Park­lands to­mor­row (with 360, Urth­boy, Hor­ror­show, Si­etta, Pur­ple Sneak­ers and The Faders) and Satur­day (with Good Char­lotte, The Liv­ing End, Nine Sons of Dan). En­try is free for all Ar­mor All Gold Coast 600 ticket hold­ers.

360 rocks the Gold Coast 600 to­mor­row be­fore re­turn­ing for the Big Day Out.

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