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HIP-HOP GROUP ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT WERE BIG IN
THE 90S WITH JOVIAL SONGS SUCH AS PEOPLE EVERYDAY
AND MR WENDAL. NOW THE EIGHT-PIECE BAND IS BACK
WITH AN EVEN MORE ENERGETIC MIX OF SONGS FOR A
TOUR DOWN UNDER THIS DECEMBER. BROOKE HUNTER
INTERVIEWS LEAD SINGER SPEECH ON HIS THOUGHTS
ABOUT THE TOUR, THE BAND AND PERFORMING IN PERTH.
q. In the 90s, you created a positive alternative to Gangsta rap
– is this agenda still important in society now?
a. Honestly, we just wanted to be ourselves. We weren’t
consciously thinking this is an alternative to Gangsta rap... It just
turned out to be an alternative. I guess it wasn’t an agenda then,
and it probably isn’t an agenda now. It’s just being honest to
where we are coming from.
q. What influences your sound?
a. There’s so much... we have eight members. So there’s some
jazz... some folk music, rock, and, of course, a heavy dose of hip-hop.
q. Will you be performing a mix of old and new tracks in Perth?
a. Definitely. In fact, we’re going to be doing songs from our first
and second albums. We have a lot of surprises in store and we are
really excited about this tour.
q. What’s the message behind your latest album, Strong?
a. The main message is that you can let your voice be heard. We
felt like there are not a lot of groups right now that really speak
strongly about anything. So we called it Strong because we felt
like, you know, we’re filling in that gap.
q. What is your biggest tip to pass on to emerging musicians?
a. Find your voice. You know, everybody has this unique thing
about them that only they can bring to this music industry. If you
can find that, you will forever be viable and successful.
Salt on the Beach, December 31. Visit funkclub.com.au.
AND LEO SAYER
PERTH ZOO, FEBRUARY 12
Combining their pop talents and
perhaps even some disco fever,
Marcia Hines and Leo Sayer are
set for a big show at the zoo as part
of the West Australian Nocturnal
Concert Series. Visit ticketek.com.au .
ABOUT THE BAND’S FIRST
NATIONAL TOUR IN FOUR
YEARS. THEY’LL PLAY AT
A DAY ON THE GREEN
WITH SUPPORT FROM
US BLUES AND FOLK
OUTFIT TRAIN. KINGS
PARK, FEBRUARY 3. VISIT
QUARRY AMPHITHEATRE, JANUARY 27-30
The former rock’n’roll frontmen James Reyne (Australian Crawl) and Mark
Seymour (Hunters & Collectors) are responsible for countless Aussie hit
songs, so it’s sure to be a hug e event when they join forces for this series of
outdoor concerts. Visit ticketmaster.com .au.
JAMES REYNE & MARK SEYMOUR
BECK’S MUSIC BOX, FEBRUARY 12
Prepare to get your funk on when
the American jazz legend brings
his swinging style to town. Visit
LEEUWIN ESTATE, FEBRUARY 19-20
Enjoy the fine wine and sophisticated sounds of Roxy Music at the Leeuwin
Concert 2011. Fronted by Bryan Ferry, the influential British rock outfit will
play through a selection of old and new material. Visit leeuwinestate.com.au.
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