Rapper 360 set to rock Harvey Road Tavern tonight
AUSSIE rapper 360's plan at age 14 was to become a professional basketballer.
Now at 28, he's started the first leg of his Retopia Tour, rapping to thousands of fans who sing his lyrics out across Australian regional towns.
Retopia is 360's third album. It's been a two and a half year wait for fans but it's been worth every minute.
Retopia reflects the change 360 went through after a stint of alcohol and drug addiction.
Now completely clean, he's turned to exercise as a way of clearing his mind. This positive change is reflected in the songwriting on Retopia.
Pulse chatted to 360 ahead of his Gladstone show tonight at the Harvey Road Tavern.
Tickets are $37 available from the venue.
Pulse: What is the Retopia Tour?
360: We have about 21 shows to go. It's been crazy and we've had a really good response. Queensland has been the best so far.
I haven't done a regional tour for about three years. It's been a while so it's good to get out there and play to people who are starved of live music. They are always really lose and wild.
Pulse: How is it different from your other albums?
360: I think I am always changing. If you listen to the first, second and third album you can hear a lot of change and how I have progressed as a song writer.
Vocally I rap a lot different and I keep changing that in every album. I'm trying to get better.
Pulse: Was rapping always a dream you had?
360: I was really into basketball and as I was growing up, I wanted to be a professional basketball player.
I am 6 foot 4 too, so I have always been tall. Rapping was a side hobby.
When I was 18 my vision in my right eye started going really bad so that killed my passion for basketball.
It was a blessing in disguise and now I have focused more on music.
Pulse: What goes through your head when you are performing?
360: When you get up on stage, it's all adrenaline, to be honest. When you perform four or five nights a week, it's a big workout.
It's cool when people are rapping along to your words, but when you are performing I try not to make eye contact with them.
It can spin you off your lyrics, your mind starts talking to you and you think, 'what are they thinking?'
You just look over the top of people's heads, but when I am talking to them I look them in the eye.
Pulse: After the show what do you do?
360: After the show it takes me half an hour to cool off. I'm covered in sweat and sometimes if the venue is still open I stand at the merchandise table and have a chat to people.
Pulse: Where are you at the moment?
360: We just left Airlie Beach and we on our way to Gladstone in a van.
Pulse: What's the show in Gladstone going to be like?
360: It's going to be wild.