Perry finds his Voice
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.