HE MIGHT BE SUPPORTING HIS RUNNING-MATE PEZ FOR NOW, BUT MELBOURNE HIP HOPPER SETH MARTON – BETTER KNOWN AS SETH SENTRY – MIGHT NOT BE IN THE OPENING SLOT FOR LONG.
SETH SENTRY interviewed @ 13:40 AEST – Wednesday 19th August, 2009
For Street Press Australia & Rip2Shredz Press
Words by RIP NICHOLSON
Seth Marton is preparing for yet another flight on his epic 30-stop tour around Australia with fellow MC and friend Pez, en route to the airport for a sunrise flight with producer Matik sitting beside him. Before embarking on this debut national jaunt, 25 year old Marton had been actively furthering his endearing folklore-rhymes in hometown Melbourne’s live scene for a while before running hot on Triple J’s Home & Hosed show’s rotation.
From beginnings with scratched-down lyrics on the backs of docket pads spat over drum’n’bass rhythms, Marton gradually unfolded a story tale flow worthy of appreciation at the 2005 Revolver MC Championship battle. While still on the restaurant-waiter grind, Marton helped establish the Sideshow Freaks open mic night at The Old Colonial in Fitzroy, aligning himself with DJ/producer Matik who spun him over the Pez track ‘Lazy’ and a guest role on the Mind Of My Own album. Last November Marton served up the debut of Seth Sentry withThe Waiter Minute EP, going from taking lunch orders for a crust to finally establishing himself on the path he’d been longing for.
“I’m not waiting on tables now, which is so fucking awesome. I’ve done it for seven years it’s so great not to have to,” the MC exhales, now earning from his talent. “At the moment it’s the music. It’s obviously not easy, but it’s so good not to have to serve customers now.”
Seth Sentry is now a free-spirited musician, in creative control of his style. His light-hearted, whimsical style stands him apart and unique in the colours of our domestic scene. Some have said his delivery can be akin to indie-pop singer Ben Lee or UK urban act The Streets. Of course he holds his own style but comparisons have been drawn to the main influences that shape his output.
“I absolutely love Ben Lee’s songs and [The Streets’ Mike] Skinner is definitely one of my big influences, so I’m quite happy with that,” Marton admits. “Mike Skinner writes the same way about really trivial day-to-day stuff and makes a song out of it, I dig that.”
Now Marton waits to be waited on over a breakfast romance in the nicely narrated ‘The Waitress Song’, one of the most infectious seasonal rap records since his mate’s summer day anthem smashed radio download records. And with a little inner circle help, Marton also made a hot favourite for Triple J.
“Steph Hughes from Home & Hosed put it up on the battle of the week. She played it a few times and I cheated a little and got all my friends and family to request it. Then it built up of its own momentum,” he proudly declares. “It’s been done purely independently and has been available on itunes and MySpace. Everything else was through hand to hand, word of mouth.” Finalising his debut full-length release due out later this year, and despite immersing himself in the works of Soulmate/Inertia-signed rhymesmiths 360 and Pez with the skilled-techniques of Matik’s production, Marton is still doing it devoid of industry support, holding his own without a label to push his product.
“At this point in time I’m quite happy where I am. In today’s day and age you can do a lot by yourself,” Marton muses. “If it ever gets to the point where the workload ever gets too much or I get my mind set on world domination then we’ll switch the game up. Until then I’m quite happy.”
Readying himself for his first festival gig at the upcoming Sounds Of Spring, guess-who has assured him of the fun to be had rocking out a festival? “From talking to Pez, there’s no comparison. Everyone is there to get into it. It’s wild.”