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360 comes full circle

Utopia is the anticipated third album from Aussie rapper 360 (aka Matt Colwell) and it appears to also represent a rite of passage for the star who is entering a new chapter in his life.

The 17 track follow up from the success of Falling and Flying is just as melodic and distinctive as its predecessor, only with a bit more maturity and growing pains.

360-Tour-Image-2Utopia is the anticipated third album from Aussie rapper 360 (aka Matt Colwell) and it appears to also represent a rite of passage for the star who is entering a new chapter in his life.

The 17 track follow up from the success of Falling and Flying is just as melodic and distinctive as its predecessor, only with a bit more maturity and growing pains.

The 27 year old, who has gotten sober and is now embarking on a new journey in his life and career, said he hopes the album shows how much he’s grown.

“I want people to see how much I’ve grown as a rapper, as an artist and as a human. I think my rapping is so much better, my singing is so much better, the production is so much better; so I’m just so excited for people to hear that,” he said.

Utopia, which features the likes of Daniel Johns (Silverchair), Chris Cheney (The Living End) and Gossling is a creation 360 says is a different sound for Aussie hip hop.

“I wanted it to sound like an international hip hop record with an Australian rapper. I mean no disrespect but I feel like when you hear the term ‘Aussie hip hop’ you have an idea of what it’s like in your head. I wanted to make something a little bit different,” he said.

From the psychedelic “Purple Waterfall” (feat. Johns) to the upbeat “You and I”, Utopia achieves its goal to sound different to mainstream hip hop.

Since becoming sober, 360 has gained a new lease of life and is inspired by everything around him.

The new album, which drops today, is testament to that and songs like “Man on the Moon” show his gratitude to fans and how they reach out to him in their time of need.

“I realised I’m in a position to change the world; not in a cliché way but change kids, help them and be a good influence,” he said.

Utopia is available now and 360 will hit the Thebarton Theatre on the 13 September (tickets through Venuetix).

Until then, he is enjoying the journey he’s on and looking forward to growing more with each hip hop creation.

“Falling and Flying was a great album and I was extremely happy with it but when I look back on it, I was still growing. I had some improving to do which I’ve done on this album and I’m sure when I do my next album I’ll look back on Utopia and think ‘I could have done this differently’. I am always evolving,” he said.

Interview by Libby Parker

 

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