CROWD PLEASER

ILLY READY TO ROCK NIGHTQUARTER

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - FRONT PAGE - SALLY COATES

Illy is not a man who does things half-heart­edly. As of to­day, he’ll be half­way through a huge re­gional Catch 22 tour, with his Gold Coast show hit­ting NightQuarter Satur­day night.

While he tours with the prom­ise of get­ting “loose”, when you’re play­ing so many con­sec­u­tive gigs Illy says it’s all about par­ty­ing smarter, not harder.

“I’ve al­ways put ev­ery­thing into the live show,” he says.

“I try my hard­est, I never put in a half-arse show.

“The par­ty­ing is def­i­nitely go­ing to be cut back ... after so many shows there’ll be noth­ing left. A cou­ple of years ago I had a bucks week­end in Ade­laide and went straight from there to head­lin­ing in Coffs. That was prob­a­bly the clos­est I’ve been to not be­ing able to per­form.

“But as soon as you get out there, you get the mojo.”

That’s Illy’s tip to cur­ing a hang­over – an ea­ger and rowdy crowd wait­ing for you to step out and rap up a storm.

A typ­i­cal Illy crowd these days is a bit of a mix­ture. The rap­per has been one of the few who has suc­cess­fully bro­ken through into the com­mer­cial sphere, which the artist says has its pros and cons.

“All I can do is do the stuff I re­ally be­lieve in and stuff I’m pas­sion­ate about,” Illy says.

“There are peo­ple who say, ‘I re­ally miss what you used to do, I’m not with the new stuff,’ and I can’t be mad at that.

“I get it, it’s moved on a lit­tle bit and mu­sic is sub­jec­tive. If peo­ple don’t like it, that’s cool.

“As long as they’re say­ing it with a good in­ten­tion, not in­sult­ing, it’s all good.

“I thank any­one who’s ever lis­tened to my mu­sic.”

Of course, the com­mer­cial lis­ten­ers are cer­tainly help­ing Illy em­bark on mam­moth tours and hit No. 1 on the ARIA charts.

They’re also help­ing him make a name for him­self in­ter­na­tion­ally, which will play a large role in his next steps after this tour.

“After the tour I’ll be mov­ing to New York with the in­ten­tion to push the song writ­ing that I’ve been try­ing and want­ing to do for other peo­ple for a while,” he says.

“There’s been a bit of mo­men­tum with Paper­cuts and Tightrope and Catch 22 – songs I’ve writ­ten cross­ing over out­side hip hop.

“It’s some­thing I’ve wanted to do for a long time. Now’s a good time.”

Illy per­forms at NightQuarter on Satur­day. Tick­ets avail­able from nightquarter.com.au

Aus­tralian rap­per Illy is hit­ting NightQuarter on Satur­day night.

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