Hip-hop as ther­apy

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WRIT­ING rap mu­sic is a form of ther­apy for Bal­lina em­cee Plat­inum Pen, aka Michael Crellin. Crellin has made all kinds of mu­sic since he was 12, but when he dis­cov­ered hip-hop at 21, the song­writer found his call­ing. ‘‘Mak­ing this kind of mu­sic is like ther­apy for me,’’ he says. ‘‘My mu­sic isn’t a sob story. I try to write about things that ef­fect me emo­tion­ally, rather than talk­ing about my­self. I talk about big­ger is­sues in the world. I set out to im­prove some­one else’s per­spec­tive of the world.’’ In­spired by his early taste in punk and rock, Crellin plays drums and gui­tar but al­ways felt like he had more to get off his chest. ‘‘That’s when I started writ­ing lyrics and get­ting into hiphop,’’ he says. ‘‘The Aussie hip-hop scene has be­come sat­u­rated. I don’t want to sound like just any other rap­per. I want my own ap­proach and own style. I like other gen­res and com­ing from a rock back­ground, I don’t want to get stuck in the one place.’’ Plat­inum Pen’s (pic­tured) new track, The Good News, is ded­i­cated to one of Crellin’s best mates. ‘‘It’s a song for one of my best friends who was di­ag­nosed with leukemia last year,’’ he says. ‘‘The song was writ­ten for him, a mes­sage to say there are all th­ese good peo­ple who love you and that we will get through this to­gether.’’ Crellin says Plat­inum Pen’s live show fea­tures a live band and a DJ. ‘‘We have a DJ pump­ing beats and sam­ples and peo­ple play­ing bass, drums and gui­tar,’’ he says. ‘‘It’s not straight hip-hop, we like to cross gen­res with funk and soul riffs.’’

Plat­inum Pen, Bats Vs Snakes, The Bucket Band and Soul Sim­ple play The Loft in Chevron Is­land to­mor­row night.

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