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Rap­per 360 is known for spit­ting su­per-hon­est rhymes about his life ex­pe­ri­ences, but there’s still parts of him he keeps se­cret from the pub­lic.

“I’m quite an open book when it comes to rap­ping, I pretty much talk about any­thing, like my men­tal health and ad­dic­tion, but there’s so many other ar­eas where I’m com­pletely shut off and will never talk about, which I think would sur­prise a lot of peo­ple,” 360, aka Matt Col­well, says.

“There’s cer­tain sub­jects that are way too in­tense I think I couldn’t ever talk about.”

Although we might never know the real 360, fans will get an in­sight into the lat­est chap­ter of his life when he plays at the Park­wood Tav­ern on Septem­ber 27.

On tour for his lat­est al­bum Vin­tage Mod­ern, 360 says this new re­lease felt like start­ing all over again.

After find­ing huge suc­cess with his sin­gle Boys Like You off break­through 2011 al­bum Fall­ing and Fly­ing, 360’s fall from grace saw him bat­tle a codeine ad­dic­tion and strug­gle with a men­tal health di­ag­no­sis be­fore hit­ting rock bot­tom and end­ing up in hos­pi­tal – all bat­tles he’s shared online, all themes ex­plored in Vin­tage Mod­ern.

“It feels like I’ve gone back to square one but with a head­start,” 360 says.

“I feel like I’ve restarted my life as a per­son after years of drug abuse. You have to re­learn how to live life and be a nor­mal per­son.

“I feel like I al­most lost it all. It’s been such a jour­ney, com­ing back it ac­tu­ally feels like I’m just start­ing over again.”

One per­son that’s been there since day one is Pez, a fel­low Aussie rap­per sup­port­ing 360 on the Vin­tage Mod­ern tour. “I’ve known him since I was 16, we used to play on the same bas­ket­ball team together. It’s kind of crazy to think about that’s how we met,” 360 says.

“He was two years older than me, I used to look up to him mas­sively.”

360 says he owes it to Pez for all the suc­cess he’s found in the Aus­tralian hip hop scene.

“Pez, he had this talk to me, he said ‘we only live once, let’s just make mu­sic, let’s go for it, let’s chase the dream’,” 360 says.

“Then him and I were ex­tremely into the law of at­trac­tion. We started study­ing it, read­ing books, writ­ing down all of our goals.

“We re­ally did be­lieve we were go­ing to be suc­cess­ful. I never thought it would be the level of suc­cess that has been reached.”

When fans head along to the show they can ex­pect to hear new songs in­clud­ing Drugs, a track about sub­stance abuse, as well as amus­ing dis rap Coup De Grace and Pez and 360’s ode to a work­ing life called Week­end.

“It’s our big­gest fan­base out there, in the Gold Coast, Bris­bane, Queens­land, our big­gest de­mo­graphic,” 360 says.

“I haven’t played the Goldie in ages ... it’s go­ing to be epic.”

360 sup­ported by Pez and spe­cial guests at the Park­wood Tav­ern, Septem­ber 27. Doors open 7.30pm, ages 18+. Tick­ets $39.80 at liveaty­our­

Rap­per 360 is bring­ing his Vin­tage Mod­ern tour to the Park­wood Tav­ern on Septem­ber 27.

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