Despite being told he was wasting his time on a career in music, Matt Zahra has followed his dream and is now a rapper.
The Glendenning resident has more than a decade of experience in sport, having played rugby league and boxing from a young age, but said music and rapping was his true calling.
“I felt like it was the right thing to do,” he said. “I felt like I had more to offer through music in comparison to sport – in terms of my life and my legacy.”
It wasn’t until he was 19 when he decided to turn a new leaf. He said his decision to step away from the physical strain of sports was an easy one.
“As a kid I always loved both sports and rapping, but the choice between the two was an easy one. I love creating new work so it was easy for me to follow my heart and work on my mental attributes,” he said.
“For me, I felt that sport was limited. You don’t get to express yourself the way you do through music. Athletes don’t really get a voice in terms of their beliefs and what they want to say on a large scale.
“With music you can hit those deep nerves and get right to the heart of things through a lyrical message.”
Mr Zahra, aka E Zee, will spit fire as he prepares to perform at Australia’s largest annual high school event, Sydney Pacifica, which promotes education, leadership and the arts and celebrates the country’s cross-cultural diversity.
The 31-year-old is practicing at least three times a week as he prepares to take to the stage among a stellar line-up, including American rapper Lil Eazy-E, son of Eazy-E who performed in the popular American hip-hop group N.W.A.
“It’s pretty exciting to have someone of Lil Eazy-E’s calibre perform after me,” he said. “His dad’s a legend. N.W.A were the pioneers of hip-hop and if anyone can share wisdom with the kids, it’s him.”
- 3pm-10pm, October 13, Woodward Park, Liverpool. Free.