Sydney-based MC Chance Waters had a huge 12 months: two Hottest 100 entries,ARIA-charting singles and albums, a Big Day Out set. Add to this the an international publishing deal signed just weeks before kicking off his national tour in support of his second album, Infinity, on April 12 at The Standard in Darlinghurst, and you could say Chance is starting to go somewhere.
But let’s backtrack to the release of Infinity in 2012. Although technically classified as hip-hop, the album blends far more diverse styles of music together, joining hip-hop beats with broader instrumentation, bringing in banjo, guitar and piano. The vocals shift between rapping and singing, and just about every track on the album has a pop hook or chorus. But the true brilliance of the album is Waters’ lyricism, ranging from personal love stories in ‘Wedding Ring’ to existentialism and critiques of the institutions of modern society in ‘Infinity’ or ‘We Left’. It’s not what I’d consider standard hip-hop content, but it works.
Flash forward to 10:50pm on April 12 – Chance Waters takes the stage, and soon pulls out his latest effort at re-writing a popular song, his take on ‘Little Lion Man’, with original rap verses yet the same catchy chorus, it has the whole house shouting along. Throughout the set he incorporates crowd participation, as any good live performer must, and brought the house down when joined by Lilian Blue for his two Hottest 100 singles, ‘Young and Dumb’ (recorded with Bertie Blackman) and ‘Maybe Tomorrow’. A bigger following surely can’t be far away.