Hi Clue, tell us about yourself?
I’m a hip-hop artist based out of Regional Victoria, Australia. I make a mix of different styles of hip-hop, often leaning towards a comedy basis in my music but not lacking for bars, or more serious songs such as the latest one.
What is your songwriting process?
As my music is mainly comedic, I tend to try and come up with a concept, something that is usually quite observational humour, for example, one of my later singles Juice, I was noticing that rappers used the terms “juice” or “sauce” a lot to describe how good their music is. I thought it would be funny to take those ideas and be literal with them.
Tell us about your latest release?
‘Like Before’ is a sombre, sexy collaboration from Australian artist Clue, lofi artist cursedearvy.jpeg & Canadian lofi artist Patrick Moon Bird reminiscent of Mac Miller with the falsetto hook and smooth raps. The track takes a deeper look into the mental health of an artist feeling the weight of the industry on his shoulders.
What message do you think your music conveys to your fans?
Most of the time, I think it’s the sort of light-hearted music that people can listen to when they’re having fun. I love the idea that people listen to my bars and think “this guy is dope”, but as they listen further they realise that my flow is on point, but I’m rapping about everyday things and getting a laugh out of that. However, I think a big point of it is being versatile, I don’t think my music conveys one single message because of the fact that I do release songs like Like Before, which tell a story of my own feelings of self-worth.
Who are your musical influences?
My influences are Childish Gambino, Lil Dicky & Seth Sentry. Though I have others, I always saw myself as somewhere in the centre of the triangle between those three artists.
Who are your non-musical influences?
Donald Glover, Rob McElleheny, people like that who have built something from nothing but hard work.
What’s the best gig that you have ever played?
I think the best gig I’ve ever played would be touring with Seth Sentry as an opener and having him ask me to jump on stage and freestyle. I’m not much of a freestyler but having the chance to do that in front of a crowd, with an idol, was definitely a highlight. And to be invited on for the following four nights after that helped.
What is your funniest gig moment?
During my Juice headline tour, I was about to perform my song Dad Bod, a fan favourite. I told the audience that if any guys wanted to join me on stage, they could, but they had to take their shirts off and dance around. About ten slightly overweight guys jumped on stage and ripped their shirts off and had a fantastic time jumping around on stage with me.
What do you think are the biggest obstacles for bands/artists today?
Gatekeepers & themselves. I think people view gatekeepers (such as specific radio stations, Spotify editorial staff/playlists) as the be-all and end-all, and thus don’t strive to build a fanbase for themselves and nurture that fanbase. Instead, they’re pushing to make something that instantly lands and then get down and judge themselves when they don’t achieve these goals the easy way.
What advice would you give to other bands/artists starting out?
Place the foundations first, build and don’t expect to just blow up straight away. Engage and talk to your audience, get to know them, be grateful that they’re willing to support you.
What are your hopes for the next two years?
Singles on singles. I just want to continue to grow, drop more singles, and as soon as life gets back to normal get back on tour. I’m not sure if its an achievable goal but I’ve had a small group of fans in the UK ever since I visited just after high school, who have been asking me to come and perform. So maybe, just maybe, take a trip back and get a chance to perform internationally.
FV Music Blog July 2020
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