HE’S GOT A CRUSH
Urthboy’s latest single Crushing Hard is one of those tracks that should be experienced live – fortunately he’s playing at Miami Marketta
We’ve all had a hopeless crush at some point in our lives, now Aussie hip-hop heavyweight Urthboy (Tim Levinson) has translated that feeling into music.
With a huge sound recreating the intense emotion, his single Crushing Hard will spearhead his national tour.
“I’ve only sung it at one gig at OzFest in Miami and I never thought this song would ever happen. It feels so good to sing it live,” he says.
“It feels larger than life – the producer gave it this orchestral, cinematic feel.
“There’s people climbing on shoulders, there’s a rush, a lift in the atmosphere.
“Songs like this ... there’s something that happens in the chemistry between audience and performers.”
The song in all its cinematic glory was born from a single line in a previous song, Wade in the Water.
“It was one of those happy accidents,” Levinson says.
“I never intended on writing a follow-up song or a song about crushes, it just happened.
“The lyric I took was the last of the record before it, and this is the first song since then.
“It all just fit in too neatly to just ignore.”
Like many hip-hop artists, Levinson is always on the search for the perfect artist to sing the melodies that he isn’t confident to belt out himself, but there was no need this time.
“Sometimes if I’ve written melodies that need to be sung I get someone who can genuinely sing those and express them,” he says.
“In the early stages, I sung them myself and I was ready to find another singer but it actually sounded OK.
“It was one of those unshackle yourself moments and I didn’t think it was a big deal, but everyone has been going on about it.”
Rapping about crushes was more unfamiliar territory for Levinson, but he confesses he is fascinated by sexual politics.
“I think I was just not fearful of exploring a theme that was out of my comfort zone,” he says.
“Being able to go somewhere you haven’t gone before is essential to keeping it interesting.
“You might find the idea of a crush is a youth thing, but they’re just human feelings and they never go away.
“The tendency is to suppress them ... I’m pretty fascinated by it.”
Catch Urthboy on March 30 at Miami Marketta. Tickets on sale now.
Urthboy aka Tim Levinson will play Miami Marketta on March 30.