Bad Apples Music has announced a powerful line-up & live showcase as part of Melbourne’s CHANGES Music Industry Summit on Thursday July 5th 2018, presented by Levi’s®. Igniting the creative showcase are innovative artists Birdz, Mojo Juju, Philly, DRMNGNOW and Soju Gang who are set to deliver awe-inspiring and eye-opening performances as Melbourne looks to the future of the music industry.
Bad Apples Music is Australia’s most prolific Aboriginal record label, nurturing artists and providing platforms for excellence in the music sector. Founded by Briggs, the label maintains a foundational objective in using music as a platform for social change, educating and fostering the talent of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists while providing guidance through high level production and navigating the cultural and social issues that fuel their inspiring art.
Leading the line up of powerhouse voices on July 5 in Melbourne is Northern Territory raised, Melbourne based rapper Birdz. Following the release of his debut record in 2017 Train of Thought, the young emcee was launched into the national spotlight through support from Triple J, Triple J Unearthed and community radio for his honest words and raw perspective on prolific social issues. The album, nominated for Best Independent Hip Hop Album at the 2018 AIR Awards, included addictive singles “This Side” feat. Serina Pech, “Rise” feat. Jimblah, and the politically charged “Black Lives Matter”, which collectively hold over 570k plays on Spotify. The groundbreaking artist’s burgeoning popularity has also seen him take the stage with the likes of Briggs, The Funkoars, Joelistics, and The Thundamentals on their 2015 ‘Elephant in the Room’ tour.
Accompanying Birdz is Mojo Juju; who is set to bring her energising sonic prowess to the Bad Apples showcase, treating audiences to a taste of her soulful, fluid vocals and flair for the unpredictable, which are sure to ignite the crowd into a groove dance fest. The effortlessly cool singer’s latest single “Think Twice” introduces her latest musical transformation, moving away from her defining groove-heavy style toward a pop and funk fuelled floor-filler while maintaining an air of seduction through her lyricism. Her unique approach to art and allusions to political issues shared among her fellow performers, makes for a perfect partnership on the exciting event.
Mildura MC Philly rapidly emerged as a hip hop sensation in Australia, channelling values of peace and unity into his art and using his voice to spark change and inspire others. The young rapper’s flourishing success and dedicated fanbase broadened in 2015, following his breathtaking instalment for Triple J’s Like A Version covering Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds”, the release of his debut EP Dreamchaser and his achievement in being named the National Indigenous Music Awards ‘New Talent of the Year’. Philly is back in 2018, with his much-anticipated debut album slated for release later this year.
Yorta Yorta MC and Keeper of Song DRMNGNOW who will be lending his poetry and genre pushing sound to the unmissable lineup. Known for his unique fusions of singing in language with hip-hop and soul lyricism driven by infectious experimental beats, the innovative artist makes an impeccable addition to the summit in celebrating emerging voices who represent the future of the music industry. Previously sharing the stage in support of Sampa the Great, Masta Ace and REMI, the talented artist’s dynamic synthesis of sound and tradition can’t be missed at the Bad Apples showcase
Melbourne jaw-dropper Soju Gang will also be appearing at the hometown showcase, igniting crowds with her high-energy throwback fusion of hip hop and RNB party vibes that will be sure to get the festival goers moving.
Don’t miss heading along to the Bad Apples showcase as part of CHANGES next month, to experience some of Australia’s brightest, upcoming voices.