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1987 (age 30)
Chance Waters (originally known as Phatchance) is an independent hip-hop artist from Sydney; he creates a unique brand of local hip-hop utilizing emotive and melancholy textures distinct from that of his new wave contemporaries. He has toured the country extensively, both as a headline act and in support of international heavy weights such as Method Man & Redman, DJ Premier and De La Soul, as well as many of Australian hip-hop’s biggest artists, including Bliss N Eso, The Herd, Urthboy, Muph N Plutonic, Drapht, Pez & 360, The Potbelleez and The Funkoars.
Widely regarded as one of the most progressive and entertaining new hip-hop artists in the country, Chance Waters has successfully built a large cult following throughout Australia. His live show incorporates instrumental, acoustic, electronic and theatrical elements and has garnered rave reviews in Street Press, Newspapers and Blogs.
In 2009 He independently released his debut album Inkstains, a disc which saw widespread national acclaim and earned him labels such as "an intelligent lyricist and masterful storyteller" (The Australian Newspaper) "a breath of fresh air" (Rave Magazine) and "an impressive glimpse into the future" (Onion Magazine). The album also earned him coveted featured artist spots on Triple J Unearthed, MYSPACE.COM and SBA Music and the lead single 'Inkstains' achieved playlisting on community radio taste makers including FBi Radio and regular rotation on national youth broadcaster Triple J.
'Inkstains' proved such a hit with audiences that it topped charts in AMRAP's 'Most Ordered To Air' tally, placed in the top 5 of Perisher Blue's Launch Your Band Competition and even went viral on YouTube in a Dane Searls Unit BMX video accruing more than 150,000 plays. The song also won a joint competition run by Triple J Unearthed and NIDA for the production of a professional video clip which was consequently added to playlist on ABC's RAGE.
In 2010 Chance Waters embarked on two separate national headline tours, totalling over thirty dates across the country to more than 7000 punters. On top of this he won a spot to showcase his material at APRA's 'Song Summit Live’, played numerous support slots and spot shows and is set to join 'Mind Over Matter' on the east coast leg of their national tour in December.
In 2011 he is set to release both his Sophomore album and an acoustic EP containing renditions of popular songs from 'Inkstains' as well as previously unreleased material. The EP will be launched in a free three week residency at Sydney's popular Oxford Art Factory, before being taken across the country in a limited run of dates at intimate venues.
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