Over a year on from the release of his debut album 'Sonder Son', US hip hop rebel Brent Faiyaz will be making his Australian live premiere and it's safe to say he's pretty excited about getting here.
“Sh.t, Australian crowds is [sic] wild as sh.t. They say what they want to say and do what they want to do, and I respect that,” Brent says.
“It's similar to cities in the States like New Orleans and Nashville where they're known for a live show, so they're going to appreciate what they appreciate – if you're bullsh.t they're going to tell you you're bullsh.t, and if you're good they're going to tell you you're good. I love that sh.t and I want to earn the love that I get from any place that I'm in.”
While making 'Sonder Son', Brent says the most important thing to him was that the record was a true reflection of him as a person and as an artist. “I think the most important thing for me more than anything was keeping true to life, you know what I mean?” he explains.
“Keeping it as raw as anybody that listens to it from the outside perspective or another place and will realise [sic] it for what it's worth.
"It's one thing to put it out and have people listen to, and people from where I'm from listen to it and appreciate it, but I think it's another thing for people to listen to it from another place that I'm not from and still be like 'yeah, this sh.t is the sh.t.'”
Relocating from his home town in Columbia, Maryland to North Carolina and finally settling in the hip hop holy land of Los Angeles, Brent says he likes his music to have a wide appeal.
“I like the fact that people that grew up with more money and people who grew up in a different environment can listen to it and still relate to it,” he says. "It's my first project, so I like that people can listen to it from a different area and appreciate where I'm from.”
This year Brent released the follow-up to 'Sonder Son', an EP entitled 'Lost' which he says provides a benchmark for how far he has come and where he intends on going next. “I feel like 'Lost' is my life in the everyday,” he says, revealing a trace of urban philosopher.
“I feel like 'Lost' is the perfect opportunity for people to understand where I am right now and where I plan on taking sh.t in the future, like the next two or three years.”
Brent goes on to say that he has begun to understand his purpose and where he belongs as an artist. “I'm starting understand the messages I'm able to convey to the mass public and sh.t like that.
"I see where I fit in in between the motherf.....s that's out here just trying to get it on the day-to-day, and the motherf….r that's out here getting it on the day-to-day.
“I'll meet people that are really living what I say and what I'm speaking and how I'm feeling. I think that it's crazy people are realising [sic] a young n....r from Columbia, and really kicking it and are relating it to their everyday lives no matter where they [are] from.”
Brent Faiyaz 2019 Tour Dates
Thu 3 Jan - Jack Rabbit Slim's (Perth) Fri 4 Jan - Max Watt's (Melbourne) Sat 5 Jan - Max Watt's (Sydney) Sun 6 Jan - Woolly Mammoth (Brisbane)