QUEANBEYAN hip hop artist Nathan Carter has described being nominated for a Deadly award alongside Indigenous music icons like Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu and Jessica Mauboy as “surreal”.
Alongside brother-in-law Michael Weir, Carter is one half of local duo Stik n Move which has been shortlisted as a finalist in the most promising new talent in music category.
The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Music, Sport, Arts and Community Awards, aka the Deadlys, are the pre-eminent awards recognizing Indigenous achievement across a host of fields.
This year’s awards ceremony will be held at the Sydney Opera House on September 10.
David Gulpill (best male actor), Deborah Mailman (best female actor), Christine Anu (female artist of the year) and country music legend Troy Cassar-Daley are just some of those to earn nominations.
“It’s humbling obviously to be named alongside those sorts of people,” Carter said. “Seeing it actually in print was a bit surreal really but pretty special.
“We’ve been performing around Queanbeyan and Canberra for a while now so it means a lot to us that people care enough about what we do to put our names out there.
“For me personally it’s always been more of a dream than a goal to be nominated and it really means a lot to both of us.”
Stik n Move is a new collaboration between Carter, who goes by the stage name TooDeadly and Michael ‘Wizz’ Weir. The two joined forces last year after performing as solo artists for more than a decade.
The duo released their first material together, a mix tape dubbed ‘Feed’em’ in May and are set to release their debut single Bullymen later this month.
This year’s Deadly award winners will be decided by a combination of public voting and a judging panel and Carter said he was hopeful Stik n Move’s fans would get online to throw their support behind the group.
Voting in Australia’s largest Indigenous awards night is open until Sunday, August 18 at www.deadlys.com.au/vote. The Deadlys will air on SBS on Sunday, September 14 at 9.30pm.