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Wednesday, 23 September 2009 16:28

Seth Sentry Interview

The Sentinel

Rising up outta Melbourne town, Seth Sentry is one of the new generation of Australian MCs - positive, talented and not about to let anything hold him back heading into summer. Scene asked questions. Seth answered them.

Your list of Myspace influences reads like a list of my favourite rappers/acts of all time. Biggie vs DOOM in an arm wrestle - who you going for and who's gonna win and why?
Ooh, that's a toughy. I'd have to say Biggie for the win. I mean DOOM could maybe psyche him out with his poker face, but even if Biggie did start to lose, Puffy would definitely back him up.

I can clearly remember the first time I heard an Australian accent in hip hop - it was Lazy Grey in about 1993. Can you believe how quickly things have changed, how quickly it has become celebrated?
It's a really exciting time for hip hop in this country. I feel like the average listener is a lot more discerning now. They know exactly what they want from their hip hop and it's really driving artists to push the boundaries. It's so crazy that just five years ago I couldn't tell anyone I wanted to be a rapper without them doing 'rap hands' and taking the piss. Now those same people are front row at a Hoods show.

You seem to wear your heart on your sleeve through your lyrics - do you ever look back and think 'I wish I hadn't been so honest'?
Ha ha, not really man. I think it's really dope when you write something quite personal that you think only applies to you. Or you have a particular opinion on something you don't think anyone else shares, only to release it and find out there's heaps of people who feel the same way. That's my favourite shit man.
In five years time I'm gonna be… 30. So hopefully I'll be playing less video games and playing more festivals. Plus getting my drivers license could be a good idea.

You've got your EP out there - when can we expect an album, and how's the process going?
I'm really stoked with the response the EP's been getting. I'm still in the writing stage of the album at the moment, looking to have it finished by early next year. I love this stage of the creative process man, just coming up with song concepts is really fun for me.

Seth Sentry is on the road right now with Pez, 360, DJ Matik and Hailey Cramer. Catch 'em at Fitzy's Loganholme September 25 and The Sands Tavern September 27.

Wednesday, 23 March 2011 13:56


Beat Street

If we think of breakbeat itself as a clever young entrepreneur riding the mid-nineties storm of musical confidence, then the noughties saw our kick-snare hero down on his luck, relegated to niche nights and backstabbed by the electronic community at large.

The sweeping modern success of Baltimore, dubstep, experimental glitch and even disco as sub-genres owe much to traditional breakbeat, something Jason Laidback of UK breaks alumni Slyde acknowledges."That's it - it's no longer a dirty word," he says. "Breaks is having a bit of a resurgence in the UK, it's big in Spain and Germany, the Lady Waks parties in Russia are huge, but you hit the nail on the head ... it just hit hard times when it shouldn't have. It spawned a million little sub-genres, so I'm happy that it's starting to make headway again.

"The future garage stuff is inspirational, as is the crossover between techno, rave and dubstep. I'm not really into the slow rinse dubstep, but the faster, broken stuff is great and is really breaks to me, just under another sub-genre. People seem to like to do that when something new comes along. The producers Martyn and Joy Orbsion are doing good things. Kode 9 is pretty cool, his DJ Kicks mix was tasty. My staple favourites are Stanton Warriors, Deekline and the Plumps when they play breaks."

Slyde recently joined Fingerlickin' Records, arguably the most successful and enduring of all the nineties UK breaks labels. "It’s the best, most consistent label that's ever been about in the breaks scene. Some of the best, biggest artists and tracks have been released on that label over the years and it's a total privileged to be associated with it.

“I like to think we're flying the flag well for them. People have splintered off doing their own digital labels now - we're doing Slybeats - so everyone's sort of in control of their own destiny, which I quite like. I'm enjoying having control of what and when we put things out ... we're looking to release something every six to eight weeks this year.

“An album? I'm not sure ... people's attention spans aren't what they used to be, and people tend to cherrypick albums for their favourite tracks. I'll give the dubstep kids props, they seem to have the patience to sit down and listen to a whole album.”

Jason's earliest exposure to electronic music was an orgy of old school, an influence that shines through the layered breaks he creates. "Early days, right back in the eighties. I saw the film 'Beat Street' and really got into Afrika Bambaata and all the early electro coming out of New York alongside Run DMC, early Beastie Boys and LL Cool J, and then onto Chemical Brothers ... The first gig I saw I was about 15 and I saw Run DMC in Camden, their first ever UK gig. Inspiring times, man."

After two banging shows in Sydney and Melbourne followed by a decent bit of downtime, he's amped to show Brisbane what's up his sleeve. "Australia's always a great place to play. I'm out here by myself this time; Rob's in Miami at the music conference. Last time we came out it was Parklife with the Plumps, and that chunky breaks sound really works at a festival. Every track I'll be dropping this time around will be brand new, fresh remixes and re-edits and only a few Slyde singles get played that have been released - there will be a lot of unreleased stuff and I think that's what makes it special.

"I'm not a fan of Serato, I tend to think you should take tunes with you and make the best of what you've got and you're not cheating, bringing your whole bloody collection with you. We've used CDJs for a long time now, and I really like what I can do on them, little tricks and doubles and loops and samples.”

Slyde play Barsoma March 26.

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