COAST’S BLISS­FUL

Rap­per Max MacK­in­non from hip hop trio Bliss N Eso can’t wait to re­turn to the Gold Coast to head­line the pop­u­lar Shakafest on Satur­day

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In his heart, rap­per Max MacK­in­non, aka Eso­terik, one third of Aus­tralian hip hop trio Bliss N Eso, is a coastal kid. For a brief stint in his child­hood he called the Gold Coast home, and that’s why he’s thrilled to be head­lin­ing mu­sic fes­ti­val Shakafest in South­port this week­end.

“When I was very young, it was around Year 4 or 5, I was liv­ing with my mum, she said ‘let’s go up to par­adise’,” Max says.

“I just re­mem­ber a whole bunch of amaz­ing times.

“I used to live in Tweed Heads, then Coolan­gatta, Benowa, Robina.

“I’ve been up there three times this year on hol­i­days, bring­ing my lit­tle man to the beaches. It’s like go­ing back home.”

Bliss N Eso fans would know how much child­hood mem­o­ries in­flu­ence their mu­sic, none more so than 2017 sin­gle Mo­ments.

It’s their hon­est rem­i­nisc­ing of hard­ship and hap­pi­ness that con­nects with so many, help­ing to change, and even save, the lives of their fans.

“Mo­ments, if you lis­ten to the first verse, Bliss’ verse, he says ‘your first kiss, your first this’ … he’s trig­ger­ing words that’s mak­ing you re­mem­ber yours,” Max says.

“Peo­ple would lit­er­ally start div­ing into their own mem­o­ries. Mo­ments is just one of them. Our fan base is not the type of fan base to put the sticker on the fridge.

“We’re talk­ing verses tat­tooed over their bod­ies, drive 700km to the show. It’s full-blown ded­i­ca­tion.

“When they meet us it’s al­ways some life chang­ing, amaz­ing story. Like ‘you’ve got my daugh­ter off th­ese drugs’ or ‘you got me out of de­pres­sion’.

“It’s amaz­ing. It blows you away some­times.”

Mo­ments is sure to make the set list at Shakafest be­ing one of their lat­est re­leases, but pun­ters can also ex­pect to hear some of their big­gest songs in their 10 years of cre­at­ing mu­sic.

“Now that we’re on the sev­enth LP we’re work­ing on now, that’s a lot of mu­sic,” Max says.

“You’ve got to have the clas­sics, and you’ve got to have the new ones in there.

“If I go see Cyprus Hill, I want to hear Hits From The Bong, you know?

“We’ve al­ways got those clas­sics in there. We al­ways try and add some free style, beat box, al­ways some­thing spe­cial.

“We al­ways bring the fire.” Bliss N Eso per­form at Shakafest on Satur­day. Doors open noon, tickets start at $94.90 from oztix.com.au

Bliss N Eso will head­line mu­sic fes­ti­val Shakafest this week­end at Broad­wa­ter Park­lands.

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