Jacquie Lomas Is Playin’ No Games With Her Brand New Track Snakes & Ladders
Jacquie Lomas is an independent Australian hip-hop artist who made the transition from the bedroom to the microphone in 2007. Born and bred in Newcastle, NSW, she relocated to the Central Coast in 2010, where she now resides.
As a shy high-school student Lomas was discouraged to rap, as the close-minded confines of school curriculum did not deem this skill to be musically relevant enough to receive “good marks”. So she adorned a classical guitar and concentrated on singing, dragging her father along to pubs after hours to play songbird for her friend’s emcees Ivey & Jobi at local hip-hop gigs from the tender age of 15.
Following her graduation Lomas joined the RACT Army Reserves Pipes and Drums to fill the musical crater that leaving school had uncovered. Her natural ability to keep a beat helped her to become a ‘bang-up’, but odd looking, bass drummer, as this role is typically taken by the burliest man in the group; in your face long established musical gender roles! Also dabbling in tenor and snare drums, the boost in confidence that the Army provided re-ignited her desire to be an emcee; and so Lomas emerged from her lyric littered hovel to show the hip-hop world what she has to offer.
Surviving in a male dominated musical arena Lomas is not your average female emcee. Already clocking over 1,000 likes on her Facebook artist page she has managed to play at various events outside the hip-hop scene, such as the Nimbin Mardi Grass Festival (2012, 2013 & 2014), the Irene Arts Festival in Melbourne (2010), Rainbow Visions in Newcastle (2008) and various other women’s, cultural and youth events.
Madman is a hip-hop veteran from Newcastle’s famed Nameless Crew, a producer, DJ, emcee and vocalist; a hip-hop jack of all trades. He has been active in the Australian Hip-Hop Community since 2003 and has leant his trade on numerous hip-hop projects, such as arranging The Tongue’s 2009 mixtape The Tongue is Dead, producing and mixing Saul Good’s 2014 album release ‘Flat White’ and winning the 2008 1233 ABC Radio Music Award in the Hip-Hop Category: Top Button recordings ‘Where I Lay My Head’.
Lomas and Madman have been collaborating since 2008 and together possessing over 10 years of hip-hop music history and performance experience. They are known to deliver a highly energetic live performance, with fun yet thought provoking lyrics and mind-meldingly unique beats, and live beat production, which often blur the genre spectrum.
This year will see the release of Lomas and Madman’s debut collaboration EP and Lomas’s long awaited solo release, High-Bred. So keep your eyes, ears and computer screens peeled as 2014 is set to be a big year for these two.
You can check out the brand new track from Jacquie titled Snakes and Ladders, which follows on from the track, Digital Zulu, the first taste of the new upcoming EP.