Hip-hop trio rum­ble into Perth

Wanneroo Times - - Front Page - Tyler Brown

IF Jesse Fer­ris was ever go­ing to move out of Syd­ney, he says Fre­man­tle would be “right up there” on the list of places he would con­sider.

“I dead­est love Fre­man­tle; it’s prob­a­bly my favourite place out­side of my home­town,” the Thun­da­men­tals MC, bet­ter known as Jeswon, said.

“I feel like it’s quite lib­eral and open-minded.

“And we’ve got a lot of good friends out there and the best Hainanese chicken I’ve ever had in that food court in the mid­dle of town.

“When we’re play­ing a tour like this, we ask how can we make it that we can go to Freo so we’re su­per, su­per look­ing for­ward to com­ing back.”

The hip-hop trio will hit Me­trop­o­lis Fre­man­tle on March 17 as part of its Decade of the Thun­dakat re­gional tour to cel­e­brate 10 years since the re­lease of their first self-ti­tled EP.

The “mas­sive gru­elling beast of a tour” fea­tures 36 shows over al­most four months.

“We saw this is an op­por­tu­nity to re­con­nect with the roots of our band,” Fer­ris said.

“When we started back then, the re­gional places were the only places that would be will­ing to take a gam­ble on us.

“Those were the places that would say ‘Look, we’ll give you a box of beer and some petrol money, get out here and do your show’. So we wanted to re­pay that good­will and faith to those more re­gional cities that had us when we were start­ing out.”

And if you told Fer­ris 10 years ago that Thun­da­men­tals would go from get­ting paid in beer and petrol money to sell­ing out venues, he may not have be­lieved you.

“It’s sur­real,” he said. “It just feels like a bless­ing to be 10 years deep into our ca­reer and have peo­ple still in­ter­ested and still in­vested in what we’re do­ing and the mu­sic we’re cre­at­ing.”

As well as watch­ing the band evolve over the past 10 years, Fer­ris also re­flected on the changes he has ex­pe­ri­enced in the Aus­tralian hip-hop in­dus­try.

“When we started, there was not an in­dus­try,” he said.

“When we started mak­ing hiphop, I wasn’t even re­ally aware other peo­ple were mak­ing it.

“If some­one told us you could live off do­ing hip-hop in Aus­tralia, that I would be pay­ing my rent and eat­ing and putting a roof over my head just from rap­ping, I would have laughed square in your face; it just wasn’t a re­al­ity at that time.”

Thun­da­men­tals hit Me­trop­o­lis Fre­man­tle on March 17.

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