Hip-hop as therapy
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.