Quirky lyrics win lis­ten­ers

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE ’N’ LOUD -

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.

Seth Sen­try

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