Following the success of his first single Infinity, (currently sitting at over 20,000 views on YouTube), Chance has had his head down in the studio and this week will release his new track, Maybe Tomorrow from his soon to be released album, Infinity.
Produced by One Above, the new single demonstrates Chance’s lyrical potency and his potential to push the typical boundaries of the hip-hop genre with an up-beat tempo, off-beat rhythm, piano-rock influences and live instrumentation.
Following widespread national acclaim under the appellation Phatchance, Sydney hip hop artist Chance Waters is losing the alias and going ‘au naturale’ with his given name. Chance is facing a ride on a wave of aftershock following his previous success that can only further shake up the Australian hip-hop scene, as we know it.
Chance’s debut album Inkstains saw the artist claim Featured Artist spots on triple j Unearthed and Music NSW as well as topping charts in AMRAP’s Most Ordered To Air Chart. After sparking a rave of support including The Australian Newspaper labeling him as “an intelligent lyricist and masterful storyteller”, Chance is well on his way to becoming a best-selling artist invigorating “a breath of fresh air” (Rave Mag).
Chance is undeniably cementing his place as a “burgeoning hip-hop star” (Dom Alessio, triple j) and carving the path for Australian hip-hop as he goes.
Chance is currently on tour: Saturday 18th of May – Evelyn Hotel – Melbourne [with Seth Sentry] Saturday 19th May – FBI Social – Sydney
Following the release of the title track from his soon to be released sophomore album, Infinity, Sydney hip-hop artist Chance Waters (formerly Phatchance) announces that he will hit the road for a series of East Coast shows this April and May. Infinity is produced by Adelaide artist-to-watchOne Above, who recently produced The Hilltop Hoods’ #1 Single ‘I Love It ft. Sia’ as well as numerous songs from Chance’s debut LP, Inkstains.
Recently you have departed from the Phatchance title to perform under your real name Chance Waters. What was the reasoning behind the name change? Honestly it was a personal thing, when people asked me what I did and I explained to them I was a musician and told them my stage name was Phatchance I felt like there were all these connotations and assumptions that a name like that carried with it, it’s a really light hearted name, it’s pun based and for a fair while it hasn’t been heaps indicative of the type of music I make. As I’ve gotten older and have matured as an artist I’ve been growing away from a lot of the style elements and influences that I came up with, I felt like by changing to something neutral I’d have a little more freedom in terms of peoples expectations and would also have an opportunity to reintroduce myself somewhat.
You have a new album coming up titled Infinity. Can you give us any brief details on this release? Definitely! I’m really excited to get it finished and get it out to people, it’s looking like it will be a 12 track album and it should be out sometime in July, there’s a pretty wide range of sounds and I think it’s a little different to anything else that’s going on locally at the moment, at least in terms of production, we’ve approached it from as musical a perspective as possible, there’s a lot of bridges, pre-choruses and instrumental changes, things I think should get more of a run in Australian hip-hop, and I’ve tried to keep my standard of writing as high as possible from start to finish, so I’m feeling really positive about putting it out and seeing how people receive it.
We’ve seen the first track released from the upcoming LP which is also the lead single to the album, titled infinity. Tell us a bit about the track and who you worked with on this one? ‘Infinity’ encapsulates a lot of the ideas I wanted to cover in the album, it’s produced by One Above with a little additional instrumentation from Jon Reichardt (Guitar) and Kieran Owens (Bass), behind the scenes we put a huge amount of time and effort into the production side of things and One Above made a million small changes and additions to the song before we went to mastering. From a production perspective it’s sort of indicative of where I’m trying to go with the record, not bringing the drums in till the very back half of the song and creating as much texture as possible in the instrumental made it a really interesting song to work with, it’s probably not the most radio friendly number we could have chosen as a lead single but I wanted to release a song that was really true to where I wanted to go and Infinity did that perfectly.
You dropped a film clip for the track Infinity, do you feel as comfortable expressing yourself in video form as you do say making a track or writing some lyrics? Definitely! I love the process of making a video and trying to represent the concepts in a song in a visual medium, I think it’s part and parcel with being a musician now, that you need to be able to do something interesting with both your live performance and your video work, I’m probably not as good as knocking out regular clips as some artists are and I can’t murder the rapping at camera thing like some dudes do, but I love the idea of doing something cool for the key songs on an album. The Infinity clip was probably our biggest production to date, which is funny given how simple the actual video is, but I think visually there were some really nice ideas and the aesthetics of the dancers and the lighting really complemented the concept for me, which is what we were aiming for, so I was heaps happy with how it turned out.
In 2009 we saw the release of your debut LP, Inkstains. How do you think Infinity compares to that release? I’d like to think it’s a way better record in general. There’s a lot more balance, which was a deliberate thing, I tend to get into this pattern of writing melancholy song after melancholy song, so I tried to pepper the album with a few beat choices that I wouldn’t normally run with, which lead to some interesting results because in a couple of cases there’s quite up-beat production and it’s contrasted with my more macabre writing style, the next single, which is called Maybe Tomorrow, is a perfect example of that. Think jingly piano rock meets cynical arsehole making fun of the end of the world. I also tried to experiment a lot with tempo and song writing and tried to push the boundaries a bit. It’s not totally finished yet but I’m really proud of what we’ve done so far and I think it should resonate with the people who liked my earlier releases as well as hopefully opening up my listening base a bit.
At the end of last year, the I Forget Sorry team released 5 mixtapes each one from one of the artists on the roster. Yours, Approaching Infinity featured a Gotye remix where you teamed up with One Above once again. Tell us a bit about the track and why you picked the Gotye track to remix? That song has probably been one of the best received tracks I’ve ever worked on, One Above murdered the remixing side of things and it was a really cool concept to write to. Gotye’s one of my favourite artists and I’ve been a little obsessed with his music for years, so the second I saw the video I knew I wanted to do it, I never expected him to be kind enough to send us the stems though. Obviously the success of the track was mainly about piggy-backing what was always going to be a massive hit, but we were lucky in that we got in early and I think we did something a bit different to all the other remixes that were floating around, so people picked it up and ran with it. I still get Google Alerts about that track getting played on radio in Europe and it definitely introduced a lot of new people to my music, which is really surreal, I’d love to do more official remix work in the future but right now I’m primarily focused on finishing the album and getting some new originals out.
You are also off on a tour around the country, are you looking forward to the dates, and what can heads expect at your live show? Yes! I’m heaps excited about the tour dates! I just merged Melbourne shows with Seth Sentry, and he’s one of my favourite rappers full-stop, and I was also lucky enough to score main support for TZU in Adelaide which I’m kind of pegging onto the tour, so there’s a lot for me to look forward to. In terms of my live show it depends on the date, in Adelaide I’m doing a more standard set with just myself and One Above, which will be heaps of fun as I’ve never shared a stage with him, but for most of the tour I have a bassist and keyboard/banjo player and for Sydney and Melbourne I’ve also got a violinist/singer joining me. I’ll be playing a mix of older tracks from Inkstains and Inkstains (Acoustic) as well as some songs off the mixtape and a few untested tracks from the new album, I’m particularly excited about wheeling those out for the first time and seeing what works and what doesn’t.
Following the release of the title track from his soon to be released sophomore album, Infinity, Sydney hip-hop artist Chance Waters (formerly Phatchance) announces that he will hit the road for a series of East Coast shows this April and May. Infinity is produced by Adelaide artist-to-watch One Above, who recently produced The Hilltop Hoods’ #1 Single ‘I Love It ft. Sia’ as well as numerous songs from Chance’s debut LP, Inkstains.
After more than five years actively touring the country and releasing music under the moniker Phatchance, Chance Waters has decided to lose the alias and return to his given name. With the changing of the guard now complete, Chance has his head down and his mind firmly focused on the road ahead.
Chance has toured the country extensively, playing his own headline shows as well as support slots for international heavy weights such as Method Man & Redman, DJ Premier, The Beatnuts and De La Soul, and a score of local mainstays including Bliss N Eso, The Herd, Urthboy, Muph N Plutonic, Drapht, Pez & 360, and The Funkoars. In 2010 Chance embarked on two separate national headline tours, totalling over thirty dates to more than 7000 punters, and won a spot to showcase his material at APRA’s ‘Song Summit Live’. Last year, Chance hit the road for the Hey, Where’s Your DJ acoustic tour, the first ever acoustic Australian hip-hop tour, which included capacity shows in Brisbane and Melbourne, as well as a three-week capacity residency at Oxford Art Factory in Sydney.
More recently, Chance released the mixtape Approaching Infinity, featuring the remix of Gotye’s ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’. The track is currently receiving play on radio in Europe and has clocked over 100,000 views on Youtube.
Tour Dates: Fri April 27. Plantation Hotel. Coffs Harbour. **FREE ENTRY** Sat April 28. Brewery. Byron Bay. **FREE ENTRY** Fri May 11. Chatswood Club. Chatswood. Fri May 18. Beaches Hotel. Newcastle. **FREE ENTRY** Sat May 19. FBi Social. Sydney. Sat 26. X&Y Bar. Brisbane.
Rahjconkasand Mr Hillhave just released their debut albumThe Feebackwhich dropped early 2012. Guest artists who have thrown their support towards this release include Trials, The Tongue, Hau, Jeswon, Joyride, Seven, Phatchance, 4th & Joyride.
Joyride teams up with Mr Hill & Rahjconkas on the track banging track Find My Way. This track is a monster with the newly released film clip out earlier this week. You can check it out below.
Writer/Producer/Director: Oliver Lofgren Director of Photography: David La Roche Editor: Sebastien Carew-Reid - Stunts: Chris Hannam
Phatchance is dead, long live Chance Waters. After more than five years actively touring the country and releasing music under the moniker Phatchance – Sydney hip-hop artist Chance Waters has decided to lose the alias and return to his given name on the eve of the release of the lead single and title track to his impending follow up album Infinity.
His new single is produced by Adelaide artist-to-watch One Above who recently produced The Hilltop Hoods #1 Platinum selling single I Love It feat. Sia – on track to become the highest selling Australian Hip-Hop single of all time.Infinity follows in the wake of his glowingly received debut album Inkstains which saw the solo artist crowned a triple j unearthed, Music NSW, SBA Music and Myspace.com featured artist, and on the back of two years spent heavily touring, including two national headline tours and support duties for international heavy-weights such as Method Man & Redman, DJ Premier and The Beatnuts, as well as a score of local mainstays including Bliss N Eso, The Funkoars, Drapht, 360 & Pez and Pegz.
The single hits iTunes later this month, but for now have an ogle and grab Chance’s free mixtape Approaching Infinity – the final release under his old moniker, here
Started as a means for friends to cross promote each other, IFS has now grown into a label, record distributor and an artist management hub that is run entirely by the artists, for the artists. When most labels would decide to spread their releases out over a larger period of time the question must be raised is there method in I Forget, Sorry!’s madness?
Time will fucking tell. A limited hard copy press of the mixtapes spread across a double disc is available for order through the http://www.iforgetsorry.com store now!
The generous offering from the IFS crew includes; 1. Coptic Soldier – Their Sound, Our Wings 2. Johnny Utah – Be Us 3. Mind Over Matter – Image Isn’t Everything 4. Phatchance – Approaching Infinity 5. Smiles Again – Fuck I’m Lonely
Hailing from Adelaide, Australia, One Above (Andrew Burford, 24) is one of the finest upcoming hip hop producers in the country. His highly accessible, melody driven style fuses a unique blend of sampling and original composition with orchestral and grass roots elements.
As both a song writer and beat maker, his ability to cross musical genres has garnered him interest from many in-demand artists. Currently working on the highly anticipated Hilltop Hoods album Drinking From The Sun, and producer of the first single I Love It feat. Sia, 2012 will see him brought to the attention of listeners nation wide.
At present One Above is assembling an ambitious production compilation in the form of a full length debut album which showcases the next generation of Australia’s emerging independent artists. After a week of exclusive play on Triple J, the track I Love It feat. Sia is available from iTunes now! The song was produced by One Above and also features orchestral arrangements from Jamie Messenger performed by the Bacchanalia String Quartet. The full length Hilltop Hoods album Drinking From The Sun will be released February 2012.
You can check out further work from One Above on Prime – Good Morning, Tommy Illfigga – Walk A Mile, Seven EP, Phatchance – Inkstains + more. One Above recently hooked up with Phatchance once again to do a remix of Gotye – Somebody That I Use To Know check it out below.
The ever creative I Forget, Sorry member Phatchance is back with a cracking remix of Gotye’s newly released Somebody That I Used To Know featuring Kimbra. With help from producer OneAbove, Phatchance flips Gotye in to a smooth hip hop track whilst paying homage in the same breath. The original version of this track is featured on Gotye’s 2011 album Making Mirrors (Stream here).
It’s a pretty hard task attempting to remix a perfect song, you can’t really improve anything, only change it. I think One Above’s done an amazing job adding his own style and production to the remix and hopefully you guys dig what I’ve written. The hardest part was trying to maintain the emotional impact of the original, but hopefully you feel we’ve come close enough, though I’m sure a lot of people would see it as blasphemy to mix hip hop music with something like Gotye. Enjoy, I’ve put my lyrics below. - PhatChance
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Lyrics Feeling like a patchwork doll, Sewn from the people that I used to know, And you can see the holes they left, In the buttons of my eyes where I watched them go,
So many friends I’ve had, But how many of them did I really know, So many girls that I’d wished said yes, But I’m god-damn glad said no,
Some I don’t remember their name, Some I just let get away, Summer came and went but I never heard it said, That it wouldn’t be December again,
And she and I would never change, But we sure couldn’t stay that way, So we both grew up, well at least one of us, So long, Auf Wiedersehen
And I wouldn’t see it as a shame, If I shouldn’t see her again, Not to forget, but because when she left, I somehow found this place,
And though I paid a thousand days, It was worth it to learn from our mistakes, I took all the bits of the things we did, I wish you could see the house I’ve made,
And I don’t mean to make you feel forgotten, But if I could fix our problems then I still wouldn’t bring it back, Cause all I know is we can’t build tomorrows, Out of always feeling sorry and the pieces of the things we had,
Feeling like a patchwork doll, Sewn from the people that I used to know, And you can see the holes they left, In the buttons of my eyes where I watched them go,
So many friends I’ve had, But how many of them did I really know, They turned from brick to sand, And fell through my hands like melting snow,
I think of all the things we did – Places we went, lives we lived; People we met, goodbyes we bid, As I watched them leave by a burning bridge,
Lord knows that the seasons change, We’ve all seen those leaves in May, We’ve all seen the backs Of the people that we had when we have to watch them walk away,
But everyone who leaves makes choices, Really thought that the world was our oyster, Really thought that we had things sorted, Me and my friends all drank your poison,
Then I watched us grow apart, Split like the cracks in a broken a heart – But now look at us ’cause we’re all grown up – And I won’t waste strength trying to hold a grudge,
And I don’t mean to make you feel forgotten, But if I could fix our problems then I still wouldn’t bring it back, Cause all I know is we can’t build tomorrows, Out of always feeling sorry and the pieces of the things we had
Lyrics & Vocals by Phatchance - Beat remixed by One Above. Original song by Gotye featuring Kimbra.
Matt Beaton, Josh Gilmour and Kel Corbett all studied together at High School, Tafe and University, forging a strong friendship along the way. Between us we’ve had the opportunity to work with a diverse range of clients across various industries such as the Arts, Music, Fashion, Theatre, Editorial Newspaper & Magazine Design, Film, TV and Web/Multimedia Design.
After working for various design & photography companies around Perth, we established Treehouse in ’07 as a way to pool our skills and pursue the type of work we love to do. With a shared passion for music, this is one area we particularly focus our creativity on – download our free mix-tape featuring some of the best artists we’ve worked with. Treehouse offers the perfect blend of agency creativity and expertise, with the flexibility and personal touch of a freelance designer or photographer. Operating as a collective, we each have our own side projects, yet we’re able to offer a wide range of design & photography services under the one roof. This approach also allows us to charge much fairer rates than a larger agency.The Treehouse Collective Mixtape features some of Australias finnest artists including Hau, Ta-Ku, Bitter Belief, Ozi Batla, Forbes, Thorts, Phatchance, and many more.
NJE is a solo hip hop artist who raps about life experiences & topics that everyday people can relate too. He is based in the city of Campbelltown, in Sydney Australia, (Originally born in New Zealand to English parents).
In 2010 NJE put out his 2nd LP From The Outside Looking In, the album featured some well respected Aussie talent like Mind Over Matter, Phatchance, Torcha & more. The album also featured US R&B/Soul artist Danny Boy who sang with the late/great 2Pac on his tracks I Aint Mad At Cha & Picture Me Rolling. The album was very well recieved by his fanbase. From The Outside Looking In release’s first video, Appetiser (The Entree) was played 5 weeks in a row on ABC Tv’s RAGE. Late this year will see NJE dropping his 3rd studio album titled Like Food For The Soul. It will feature special guests such as Kool G Rap, Solomon Childs, Chase, Unda Dwella, Sceptic & Dseeva, Untaymable and more TBA.
It also features production from up & coming Melbourne producer Castar and also Domingo, Mr.Zux, So Flawless, Paul Andreas and Ghosts In The Room (ACT). Below is a taste of possibly the first single titled I Remember. Produced by Castar, the track talks about childhood memories.
Another track that shows promise is the soulful Sort Of Like Insomnia also produced by Castar, which is a song about how the hustle/determination is as the title suggests ‘sort of like insomnia’.