Quirky lyrics win listeners
SETH Sentry’s playful lyrics are a reflection of his mischievous and lighthearted personality. The Melbourne-based Aussie hip-hop artist climbed the charts with tunes about hoverboards, soggy toast and the annoyances of life in a sharehouse.
Sentry says lyrics are the most important aspect of his music but he likes to have fun with the topics of his raps.
‘‘Back in the day people were into staunch and tough raps, but I have chilled out a lot since I’ve got older,’’ he says.
‘‘Every time I write lyrics I think, no one is going to understand this, it’s very personal for me. It’s strange, but people relate and respond to it.’’
Sentry also takes a lighthearted approach to live performances.
The rapper is adamant no two shows will be the same and throws a freestyle rap into each gig to keep it original.
‘‘It’s always a different show when I play,’’ he says.
‘‘I have a short attention span and I’m not down with playing the same show night after night.’’
Sentry invites fans to bring along ‘‘a weird object’’ to inspire him when he freestyles.
‘‘I get people to throw shit up and I rap about it,’’ he says.
‘‘I have had some weird things thrown on stage. Besides bras and undies, there’s been a fishing licence and a Nintendo 64. I was like, ‘why the hell did someone bring this in’, but at the same time it makes for good material.’’
Sentry released his first album, This Was Tomorrow, in September last year. It debuted at No. 6 on the ARIA album charts.
Singles Dear Science, Room for Rent and Float Away have been on high rotation airplay on youth radio station Triple J.
Earlier this year, the rapper was invited to play at music conference SXSW in Austin, Texas.
While in the US, he also performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
‘‘Americans do rate Aussie hip hop – they rate it like any hip hop.
‘‘If you have skills, it doesn’t matter where you are from,’’ he says.
‘‘The accent can be hard to digest but to get past that, I tried to make a point of pronouncing everything clearly.’’
Seth Sentry, Grey Ghost and Mantra play Coolangatta Hotel tomorrow night.