Seth Sentry by Michelle Grace Hunder

Seth Sentry is on the Run /// Interview

For a guy that will forever be kept in the loop by his thousands of fans on the technological advancements of the hoverboard, Seth Sentry has a good humour to go along with the flow as he currently zooms around the country on his RUN Tour. With about five official video clips, one full length album, and a handful of raps about video games and Twitter Topics, Seth is one of those artists that uses talent more that tactics to have shows sell out and fans flock. We caught up with Seth briefly in the midst of his tour, which Melbourne can peep this Sunday and for the rest of you the are dates below.

Why the time delay between albums?

This cycle just ended up way longer than I anticipated. I planned to get straight back into the studio after “This Was Tomorrow” but it just didn’t work out that way.

What’s been the process for the album? What’s the methodology for recording?

I’m working with Styalz on this one so he just basically send me beats. If I can see a strong image or get a feeling as soon as I hear it then I’ll take it away for a month or so & write to it. I write extremely slowly. I usually do at least three drafts on my verses. The toughest thing this time around is I was so caught up trying to pick new, interesting flows & better myself as a rapper that I forgot about hooks. I found writing the hooks as an afterthought way harder.

You toured last year well after the album was out, this upcoming tour is selling out on the back of a new single, artists like One Day crew are literally doing back to back tours, is the tour circuit that vital to your career and does there come a time when you have to make a conscious decision to stop touring to actually make time for new music?

Absolutely. Touring is everything. If you want music to be your full time job, as a rapper you just need to tour. It can be pretty exhausting but it’s a pretty fucking fun job at the same time.

Touring & writing are definitely two different things though, I have to come home, switch off, smoke a joint & go into write mode. Write mode is weird & introverted.

You’re fabulously light on feature artists for the most part, will this album see the same or have your brought onboard a bunch of mates, and if so, who?

Pretty sure there are no features on this yet again. I guess it’s just that is how I write. I have such a strong idea of the narrative I want to explore that by the time I’ve finished there’s no room for a guest verse.

Last time I did cheeky moves like getting Mantra in to guest as my boss in “Thanks For Your Hospitality”.

What’s the biggest challenge you face making music?

The writing stage. I am obsessive with it. It’s got to meet my standards from a technical standpoint, I want every line to be important & relate directly to the narrative & song topic. It’s also got to keep someone interested throughout the verses which is getting harder and harder with todays attention spans.

You’re the likeable guy of oz hip hop, funny type of bloke, the storyteller, or so it seems, does this new album represent a different side of you from your previous work?

I guess a little bit. It’s definitely a more honest album than the last one. I feel like I am putting myself out there a little more. That story telling aspect is still there although there are definitely more joints where I just try to spit bars which I think was missing from the last album. I felt like some people got so caught up in the topic & were like “pffttt gimmick” (eat a dick) that they didn’t notice the technical side of my rapping. I really tried to rap gooder on this shit & bring it to the forefront in these songs.

Last year one of your social media posts about Frances Abbott created a bit of classic Internet heat, have you felt less inclined to talk about these kinds of subjects to avoid those situations? How do you use social media these days, is their scope for you as an artist to speak on political / humanitarian issues, do you feel there’s certain people that should and shouldn’t?

Oh man I dunno, I just felt bad cause she had drawn a (terrible) picture of me for her portfolio.

Everytime you say anything on social media it’s pretty divisive. I made a post about game hunting recently and hunters went mental. It’s pretty weird to me that anyone would give a fuck what I think about a particular topic, I just say it because it’s just what I’m thinking at the time.

I generally don’t speak on politics because that ain’t my lane, there are people way better equipped to speak on it. Too many musicians try to play every role I think. Sometimes it’s like “just shut the fuck up & make music”.

But still, there’s people out there asking “yes, but what does Taylor Swift think about terrorism???”

Strange world.

We are still early enough in the year, what’s a prediction for 2015? 

Fallout 4 announcement has to happen.

You’re in the midst of your national tour, what’s the last thing you do before you leave and the first thing you do when you get back home?

Last thing I do before I leave is curl up on the floor of the shower & cry for an hour or so.
Then as soon as I get home I curl up on the floor of the shower & cry for an hour or so.

Cheers for your time mate

Ever wanted to know what it’s like to go on tour with Seth Sentry? Well you can follow his escapades as Michelle Grace Hunder documents them around the country over at https://www.facebook.com/sethsentry , we’re really just waiting for the shower photo at the end of it all!

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RUN TOUR DATES

08 MAR SUNDAY
MELBOURNE VIC
THE HI-FI
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12 MAR THURSDAY
NEWCASTLE NSW
THE CAMBRIDGE
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13 MAR FRIDAY
SYDNEY NSW
THE METRO THEATRE
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14 MAR SATURDAY
CANBERRA ACT
ANU BAR
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19 MAR THURSDAY
BUNBURY WA
PRINCE OF WALES
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20 MAR FRIDAY
FREMANTLE WA
METROPOLIS
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22 MAR SUNDAY
ADELAIDE SA (ALL AGES)
THE GOV
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