Anti-Violence Tour Brings Hip Hop Stars Together.

This May, three of Australia's brightest hip hop stars, Pez, Maja Jupiter, and 360, are joining forces to bring us a national tour with a social conscience.


The Change It For the Better National Tour is presented by The Line, an Australian Government anti-violence campaign launched at the 2010 APRA Song Summit.


According to statistics, one in three Australian women will become victims of physical domestic violence each year. It is startling figures like these that led to the launch of The Line. Their message has been picked up by over two million young Aussies, and has earned the support of respected musicians like Pez and Maya Jupiter, who have backed the campaign by becoming The Line's "musical ambassadors" to help spread the word.


Melbourne based rapper 360 joined Pez and Maya on the Change It For The Better tour for a very simple reason. "It really started from Pez, because he's one of the main faces of it," 360 says. "We've been making music together for years and years now, so I just wanted to get involved with what the whole tour represents. And I think what The Line is doing is a really good thing."


The Change It For the Better national tour takes place in May and June, where 360 will join Pez and Australian hip-hop icon Maya Jupiter in a series of dates across Australia.


Both Pez and Maya Jupiter will appear with a full backing band - a rare occurence in the DJ centered world of hip-hop. "I'll be opening the night up, just me and a DJ," 360 says, "Then Maya Jupiter's gonna come on with the band, then Pez is gonna slam it down at the end. I haven't seen Maya Jupiter perform live ever, so I'm looking forward to seeing her with the band. It's gonna be good."


Pez is similarly enthused about Maya Jupiter's talents. "Most people know of her particularly because she was sligging it out for hip-hop over here well before it became cool . . . She was doing the hard yards for us, and we're really aware of that."


Pez is keen to be working with a band on the tour, rather than the traditional MC and DJ setup that has dominated hip-hop since the days of Grandmaster Flash. "Even if you do perform with a band in hip-hop, you'd normally have a DJ running a lot of samples," he says. "THis is going to be the first time I work with a band and it's entirely live, they interpret the songs. It's amazing. I had a rehearsal last night, and you just fall in love with certain songs again."


Despite all of these exciting musical developments, Pez hasn't lost sight of the basis of the tour and the initiative behind it. "We get to go around the country and see a lot of people and connect with them," he says. "The Line is trying to do something positive, promoting respect and breaking the cycle of violence in all tis forms."


You can catch Pez, Maja Jupiter, and 360 on tour nationally from May to June. To see all tour dates, book tickets, and watch videos of featured artists, go to theline.gov.au

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