Perry finds his Voice

Wanneroo Weekender - - Front Page - Tyler Brown Com­mu­ni­tynews .com.au

SAM Perry likes to think he’s started a con­ver­sa­tion rather than con­tro­versy.

The 28-year-old former Mul­laloo res­i­dent was on Sun­day night crowned the win­ner of The Voice Aus­tralia 2018.

Talk­ing to Com­mu­nity News the next day, with only 20 min­utes of sleep un­der his belt, Perry said the la­bel as the show’s “most con­tro­ver­sial voice ever” was “all fine at the end of the day”.

“They never said any­thing bad about me,” he said.

“It all came from Boy Ge­orge and they ran with it but he was just stat­ing I’m loop­ing.

“Off air we’re ac­tu­ally re­ally good friends and we have a laugh to­gether. Peo­ple don’t un­der­stand what loop­ing is and now they do.

“Ob­vi­ously it comes with a lot of neg­a­tive crit­i­cism on­line and strong be­liefs but with ev­ery four peo­ple say­ing neg­a­tive things, there’s 500 say­ing pos­i­tive things and that’s only grow­ing.

“I know I’ve got mil­lions of peo­ple vot­ing for me and that’s enough.”

Perry, who was quickly snapped up by The Voice judge Kelly Row­land, said be­ing able to bring the art of loop­ing and beat box­ing into a more main­stream arena was “dope”.

“I’ve come here to do that,” he said.

“I’ve come here to change the game and I to­tally did.

“And to rap in the fi­nal, in a main­stream pro­gram like this, is awe­some and The Voice let me do this; they want change too and they think it’s im­por­tant.”

From hum­ble be­gin­nings in mu­si­cal the­atre, in­clud­ing the role of Oliver, to a mu­si­cian through his years at Ocean Reef Se­nior High School, Perry learnt to loop from Aus­tralian mu­si­cian Dub FX.

Perry said he soon re­alised “to be no­ticed, you have to be dif­fer­ent”.

“You could be such an in­cred­i­ble singer or such an in­cred­i­ble gui­tarist but there’s so many peo­ple do­ing it,” he said.

“So when I found loop­ing and found I was good at it and found I could make my own sound that no one had re­ally heard be­fore, I got re­ally ex­cited about that and here I am.

“I hope I’ve in­spired oth­ers to think out­side the box and put your­self out there: be bold, be coura­geous, do it.

“Make your­self proud be­cause I’m proud of my­self for what I’ve done.

“I’m al­ready get­ting lots of kids try­ing to learn and lots of won­der­ful and beau­ti­ful ques­tions from young en­thu­si­as­tic peo­ple. I’ve made a dif­fer­ence so it’s worth the con­tro­versy.”

Sam Perry dur­ing his duet with Kelly Row­land at the fi­nale. Be­low: Sam Perry is the win­ner of The Voice Aus­tralia 2018.

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