19 year old Wollongong artist, BOY SCOUT GATSBY, focuses on his dream to continue growing his global audience, his struggle with previous hardships, his views of the Australian underground music scene, and more.
Let’s explore GATSBY’s mind, and let readers understand the current Australian underground music scene.
Choosing his alias was an easy task for the Wollongong artist.
“The prefix of BOY SCOUT came up after me and all of the boys went on a camping trip. After messing around gathering wood it just became a big group joke, but I genuinely like the idea of the name,” says GATSBY.
However, the artist originally had just the title of “GATSBY” but after being prompted by his friend that this could cause legal issues later on, he decided to add the prefix BOY SCOUT.
Gatsby’s father would also play rock music to him.
“Now days I listen to a lot of Travis Scott, Tyler, The Creator, Kanye and plenty more underground artists. In terms of Australian artists, I really f*** with Gamirez, HUSKii and Allday,” says the artist.
One thing that GATSBY touches on is the hardship that many creatives in the Australian scene face.
“One thing that really s***’s me in Australia, is if you step up and say you want to be a professional sports player, or post about your accomplishments in said sport, you’re the f****** man. But if you want to create music, or anything slightly out of the norm you’re the p**s take [joke] until you’ve actually proven yourself,” states the artist.
However, GATSBY states that he’s got thick skin, but its something that all Australian artists will face.
“I genuinely couldn’t care what other people think about me, but it’s a hardship that all Australian artists would have to face,” says the artist.
Growing up, GATSBY states that he didn’t have much but he always had food on the table, and clothes on his back. The artist is “extremely thankful” for all that his parents have done for him.
“Even if that meant eating eggs and bread everyday for a week, I was still in a position where my stomach was full every night and for that I’m grateful,” says GATBSY.
The 19 year old artist is one of three children and is the middle child. GATSBY has an older brother and an younger brother.
The artist states that his parents have a laid back attitude and are his “number 1 fans.” The artists parents instilled the mindset of trying your best even if you don’t succeed, and if you fall over “to dust yourself off and try again.”
“I’d spend hours drawing and watching cartoons, and movies,” states GATSBY.
Regarding when artist first started releasing music, GATSBY states that it started it heartbreak.
“I was 16 and had just been in love for the first time with this girl. She ended up leaving me and it really played with my head for a little while, coming to grips with the idea of someone not wanting you anymore. I remember I was pretty down in the dumps [depressed] about it, seeing her be completely fine in class. I wanted her to know how I felt,” says the artist.
GATSBY says that he had been writing music for a year previous to this incident, but hadn’t released it yet. However, GATSBY released a song about his feelings, and people approached the artist the next day proclaiming his talent.
The girl also contacted GATSBY regarding the song a few days later.
“It was a crazy thought to think that I could make music about how I felt, and it was my first proper outlet,” says the artist.
GATSBY also describes themselves as “innovative and adaptive.”
The artist also comments on the underground music scene in Australia, particularly the eastern coast.
“I think Australia’s music scene is in the best position its ever been in. We finally have strong sectors within it. From gutter rap, to new wave and everything in between,” says the artist.
GATSBY also comments on the increasing diversity in the scene, and the “greater participation of minorities [groups]”.
The artist states that although there is change, there is still many wrongs.
“There is a lot of genuine talent and artistry that is ignored, which causes them to eventually burn out because of greed within the industry,” says GATSBY.
GATSBY wants international readers to know that Australia is no longer producing the “same stock-standard artists” they previously have.
“The youth has painted a brilliant new face on hip hop in Australia, drawing from unique cultural references and styles, intertwined with US influence that is sending waves throughout our country,” says GATSBY.
Other than being an artist, GATSBY said he’d either like to write or act. However, GATSBY would’ve also liked to be a history teacher.
GATSBY personal greatest achievement thus far is when the artist started to earn income from their art as well as noticing peoples positive reception to his music.
” I still can’t get my head around the fact that I can post a 2 minute clip on SoundCloud and a dude in america, or Sweden, or anywhere on the planet, can suddenly jump into my mind and feel the same way. Its really raw and exposing,” says GATSBY.
The artist also wants to make known that achieving “success” in the music industry is random. No one “knows exactly” what they are doing.
GATSBY states to find what you’re good at and stick to it.
Through doing this, the artist’s music was able to appear on various YouTube channels which acquired the artist hundreds of thousands of plays.
“Before I knew it, within a month they were using my music in their YouTube videos which took me from 100-300 plays a song to 100’s of thousands,” says GATSBY.
In the coming months, the artists wants readers to know that more content is being posted on GATSBY’s YouTube channel, as well as more music, and videos in general.
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