Solo indie hip-hop artists Phatchance and Coptic Soldier have forged a large cult following through their tireless touring schedule and high energy stage show. After a year packed with a massive touring schedule, including two national headline tours and supports for heavyweight acts like Method Man & Redman, DJ Premier and The Beatnuts, the artists flipped the table completely in February 2011 with the release of a unique dual-disc acoustic hip hop EP and subsequent capacity acoustic residency at Sydney’s Oxford Art Factory. As a result of the success of the residency and overwhelming response to the releases the artists are once again hitting the road for an extended east coast tour, and this time they’re leaving the DJ at home.
Crowned a Triple J Unearthed, MYSPACE.COM and SBA Music Featured Artist, as well as packing out venues nationally on his ‘Inkstains’ and ‘I Forget, Sorry!’ 2010 Tours, Phatchance has quickly become Sydney’s biggest unsigned hip-hop artist. With his lead acoustic single ‘Build It Up’ currently receiving regular rotation on Triple J and Inkstains (Acoustic) garnering rave reviews in street press and throughout the blogosphere, it’s clear to listeners exactly why he’s earned labels such as “a masterful story teller” (The Australian) and “wisdom beyond his years” (Onion Mag).
Since releasing his debut solo EP ‘The Sound Of Wings 2’ in February this year, Coptic Soldier has been deemed “one of the most promising acts in Australian hip-hop” (The AU Review) and has quickly turned heads both on the ground and in the upper echelons of the Australian music industry. After being branded a Music NSW featured artist and AMRAP AirIT featured artist and beating out highly acclaimed pop acts such as Sparkadia and Cloud Control as well as genre giants The Herd and Urthboy in the AMRAP AirIT charts, Coptic’s acoustic single “I Hate Sleep” is proving itself a massive hit in the independent radio circuit.
Both artists will be joined by their full live band in a series of intimate, one off acoustic performances, showcasing their musicianship, endearing stage presence and acclaimed writing styles. With tour support by close collaborator and multi-instrumentalist Jon Reichardt, as well as a series of special guests in each state, these shows will probably be the only opportunities to catch this unique acoustic material live before the artists go into lock down to work on their respective albums.
Sat 4th June – Byron Bay Brewery – Byron Bay
Sun 5th June – X & Y Bar – Brisbane
25th June – Empress Hotel – Melbourne
Sat 2nd July – Oxford Art Factory – Sydney