Campbelltown rapper beats mental illness to sign with US label

Rising star: Bryce Fenton, aka PsyKronik, has been signed to a US hip hop label overseen by Mariah Carey's former manager Damizza. Picture: Simon Bennett
Rising star: Bryce Fenton, aka PsyKronik, has been signed to a US hip hop label overseen by Mariah Carey's former manager Damizza. Picture: Simon Bennett

"I want to show people that just because they have one bad year, it doesn't mean every year is going to be bad."

Macarthur's Bryce Fenton has struggled with mental illness for most of his life and earlier this year his demons came to a head.

The rapper, known as PsyKronik, was involved in a lengthy police siege after threatening self-harm at his Ambarvale home in March.

"The siege was a culmination of a lot of things," he said.

"I'd been trying to seek help for months and all of the mental health services I reached out to knocked me back.

"I felt like I had nowhere else to go."

However Mr Fenton said he had overcome his demons through music and scored himself a record deal with Baby Ree in the United States.

Baby Ree is a label owned by Mariah Carey's former manager Damizza.

"I grew up in Campbelltown so to me this is amazing," Mr Fenton said.

"It feels surreal - it all came about through making connections online and through my manager Ennis Cob.

"In the not-too-distant future I hope to be in the US recording more music.

"Songwriting became like therapy.

"Music became an outlet for me and helped me to overcome pretty severe mental illness."

Mr Fenton said he also sees a psychologist and a GP to manage his mental health.

"My music has helped me a lot and I think it is so important for people to take control of their mental health," he said.

"I hope people hear my music and understand that they can do anything, no matter where they come from or what they've been through."

The rapper is set to release his album, The Evil Below, in coming months.

"I make introspective, melodic hip hop," he said.

"I write about mental health, society and other general themes."

Mr Fenton said he was inspired by Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, J.Cole and 90s rappers like Dr Dre.

"My advice to people hoping to get into hip hop is to pay attention to the underground rap scene," he said.

"Keep trying - just never give up."