Aussie Hip-Hop legend Seth Sentry is hitting the road with a new album, his xbox and his buddy, Sizzle, with what is said to be “the biggest tour EVER by an Australian hip hop artist”…
Take us back to the beginning of your musical journey. Where did it all begin for you?
I guess it’s just something that I’ve always done. My friends and I used to buy the instrumental versions of our favourite albums and just sit around free styling and paying each other out. I probably rapped for about five years before I ever really heard my voice recorded.
Soon you’ll be releasing your second album, Strange New Past. Tell us a bit about some of the themes you touched on.
This album is a lot more personal than my last one. I really looked at my past a lot more and how it helped make me into the person I am. I didn’t really set out for it to be as honest as it is, but it just kind of came out of me and I went with it.
This tour is set to be an adventure, quoted “the biggest tour EVER by an Australian hip hop artist. Three months, 47 shows, thousands of kilometres, countless litres of espresso and a whole lotta good times”. Those are some big words to live up to; what kind of vibe can expect at the show?
I love touring. Just me and Sizzle on the road smashing out show after show. Always so much fun hitting up regional towns that maybe don’t get a whole lot of live music, so they just get f***ing loose. Looking forward to performing a whole bunch of new stuff from Strange New Past too.
That’s a lot of flying and driving. What are you taking with you that you wouldn’t be able to survive without?
I’m bringing my Xbox with me to help keep me sane, a whole lot of good books and my own personal hand held espresso machine.
You’ve had some amazing moments throughout your career; what has been a personal highlight so far?
To be honest, the biggest highlight for me was the moment I was able to quit my job working as a waiter, which I had always hated with an absolute passion. Felt so good to get out of there.
Who are you listening to at the moment?
It’s funny, but when I get towards the end of the recording process of an album, I kind of stop listening to music altogether. I just can’t switch my mind off and stop analysing it, I guess. But now that it’s all wrapped up, I’m back! Been listening to a lot of J Cole, Chance The Rapper and Vic Mensa.
What is some wisdom you could impart to young fans who are inspired to get into music?
Enjoy the process. If you’re in a rush to reach some preconceived goal, you’re never going to be happy.
Seth Sentry will release Strange New Past on June 5 on High Score records, distributed through Inertia. More information at sethsentry.com
This article was from issue 116 of Greater Port Macquarie Focus.