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02 NEWS TUESDAY DECEMBER 17 2019 CAVE01Z01MA - V1 Alice Springs hip hop artist Harley Myers was on stage before Draphts show earlier this month. Picture: EMMA MURRAY STILL at school, when each student was handed a blank piece of paper during a music workshop and asked to write their own lyrics, some joked around while hip hop artist Harley Myers quickly found himself filling up the page. The eldest of five, Mr Myers grew up in community, listening to his Uncles at Charles Creek sing and rap to different genres while mixing Arrernte and English. Thats what my Uncles taught me without knowing it, if you can mix it and it sounds good, then do it, he said. By his own admission, Mr Myers ran amok as a young person, a move to Adelaide and the birth of his son proving stabilising before the passing of his mother from cancer and death of his three-year-old daughter tipped his mind into overdrive. I was trying to get the build-up off my head after that, Mr Myers admits. Id go to my shed and write little stories about my life and one day I heard music in the background. I went to turn it down and was reading what Id written and thought hey, this doesnt sound too bad. Turning the stereo up instead, Mr Myers started experimenting with lyrics and verse inspired by Bone Thugs-NHarmony, DJ Quik and Andr Hip hop is at Harleys heart 3000 deciding that was the best way to process his grief. Its been therapeutic ever since, he said. Featured on the track The Only Way I Know by local hip hop artist Hugh Winterflood, Mr Myers recently performed with Mr Winterflood as opening support for iconic Australian artist Drapht. I was so scared but I was so happy, Mr Myers said. Live performance to an adoring crowd complete, the self-taught rapper plans to continue writing, working towards the release of an album. Say if anything ever happened to me, whos going to tell my story for me? Mr Myers asked. If I put all my story into this music and my sons and nephews and nieces get older, whoever wants to listen to it, theyve actually got the full layout of who I am. ALYCE MOKRZYCKI THATS WHAT MY UNCLES TAUGHT ME WITHOUT KNOWING IT, IF YOU CAN MIX IT AND IT SOUNDS GOOD, THEN DO IT. HARLEY MYERS CONTENTS NEWS TIPS Do you have a news photo or a story tip? If so, we want to hear from you! News hotline: 89509777 Send your photos to: news@ aliceadvocate.com.au Let us know if you come across any positive news stories in the community. Do you have an event coming up? Let us know. Want your opinion heard? Email or call us today. News 2 Outback Characters 12 TV 15 Letters 27 Comics & Puzzles 28 New Arrivals 29 Stars 30 Book Club 31 Opinion 32 Classifieds 33 Sport 35 Shop local this Christmas Here at the Advocate we support smal l business owners & entrepreneurs whenever we can. From inspir ing editor ia l coverage of mi lestones & wins to engaging digital and pr int market ing solut ions to help them grow - we're for local businesses. Be sure to show your support this Christmas and shop local . Do you have a success story to share? or are you after some great marketing solutions? Call our Team on 8950 9777 Advocate wntl!FOI.AI.XIE '' AdVOCate