Hip-hop trio rumble into Perth
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.