Eyez on the fu­ture

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Music - Eyez Jack Rab­bit Slim's Fri­day, Novem­ber 10, 9pm jackrab­bit­slims.net Greig John­ston

ENGLISH rap­per Eyez may be the pro­to­typ­i­cal 21st-cen­tury mu­si­cian.

Un­like the old timers la­ment­ing the demise of the al­bum and curs­ing the in­flux of streaming that has slashed their in­come, Eyez is em­brac­ing the new ways.

He plies his trade in the grime scene, a fu­sion of elec­tronic styles in­clud­ing garage and jun­gle, char­ac­terised by tem­pos around 140bpm, abra­sive rhymes and dark sounds.

Grime was pi­o­neered by men such as Wi­ley and Dizzee Ras­cal.

Eyez, who has just turned 25, is fast be­com­ing one of the genre’s bright­est tal­ents, and he’s done so by em­brac­ing the in­ter­net.

“I did a cou­ple of mu­sic videos on­line, freestyle videos and they just kind of went vi­ral,” he said.

“The first one got about 10,000 views and then I got an­other one that got about 50,000 views and is now on about a mil­lion views.

“Back in the day you could prob­a­bly make more money.

“All I know is that in this day and age, it’s vi­tal that we have all these things.

“If we didn’t, I wouldn’t have lis­ten­ers in Aus­tralia.”

For an in­tro­duc­tory course on his mu­sic he rec­om­mends lis­ten­ing to Spit­fire Part 3, or Hard to Get Over, both of which can be found on Youtube.

See­ing him rap is like watch­ing a boxer, jerk­ing and pop­ping, land­ing ver­bal jabs that wa­ter the eyes. Eyez con­ceded he’s best ap­pre­ci­ated live.

“Per­form­ing is the main part of it; my per­for­mance is a lot stronger than just hear­ing one of my songs,” he said. “As an artist, I’m very vis­ual.” Eyez is em­bark­ing on his first head­line tour in Aus­tralia in Novem­ber and he can’t wait to give Perth a taste.

“It’s gonna be pretty sick, to be fair,” he said.

Pic­ture: Capta Me­dia

English rap­per Eyez.

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