NEW BRIGGS – LIFE IS INCREDIBLE




Power house rapper and Australian Hip Hop Pioneer BRIGGS has announced the release of his brandnew single‘LIFE IS INCREDIBLE’, available today through Island Records.

His first new solo material since the 2014 critically acclaimed ‘Sheplife’, Briggs says ‘Life Is Incredible’ is…

‘Taking into context the disparity in the mortality rate between Indigenous Australians and White Australians. Where Aboriginal people are faced with a life expectancy that barely matches up to what white people consider ‘Middle Aged’  – we pose the question, Is it OK to be white? It’s Incredible to be white! One could argue it’s advantageous, even a privilege to be white.’

Awarded APRA
songwriter of the Year in 2018, Briggs
recorded ‘Life
Is Incredible’
in LA during an APRA SongHubs session.  An initiative that
partners emerging and established songwriters and producers, the single features
Greg Holden on the hook with the track produced by New Zealander Troy Samuela.

Born and raised in Shepparton, it has taken Yorta Yorta man Briggs no less than a decade to make
his mark as one of the country’s most diverse talents in media, music and
comedy. From an
ARIA-dominating rap career, to the regular stints in LA writing rooms, to his
most recent role as founder and owner of his own Indigenous hip hop record
label, Bad Apples Music.

With a long list of mixtape and guest appearances, three solo albums,
and 2017’s multi-award-winning A.B
Original
record ‘Reclaim Australia’
Briggs has for many years been a
household name for his music alone.

The
brand new single ‘Life Is Incredible’
is lifted from forthcoming Album number four from Briggs due out late in 2019.  Stay tuned for more details.

You can catch Briggs performing
a one-off show as part of Vivid Festival with his ‘Bad Apples Music House Party’ at the Sydney Opera House on Thursday May 30. The event will see Briggs on stage beside electro-soul
(and Eurovision contenders) duo Electric Fields, New Zealand’s
game-changing hip-hop artist David Dallas, rising star The Kid Laroi,
Melbourne based Birdz, Brisbane rapper Jesswar, and many more.

’Life Is Incredible’
is out now through Island Records – available Here

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BIRDZ EP PRE ORDERS ANNOUNCED




Huge announcement today – Birdz is dropping his highly anticipated EP “Place Of Dreams” featuring Mojo Juju Ecca Vandal and Serina Pech​ 💥

Out via Bad Apples Music on May 3rd 🖤

Pre-order now ✊🏾🍎

https://birdz.lnk.to/PlaceOfDreamsPreOrderPR

This highly anticipated EP has production credits from Trials (A.B. Original), Papertoy, James Mangohig and our very own Nooky

Pre order packs and merchandise available here: http://badapplesmusic.aracastores.com/index.php/birdz.html

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NEW BIRDZ SINGLE & VIDEO FOR “ON THE RUN”




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TAKEN FROM HIS FORTHCOMING
PLACE OF DREAMS EP,
OUT FRIDAY MAY 3

Having wowed crowds at his headline shows in Sydney and Melbourne last month, hip hop star on the rise Birdz returns today with his latest single & lyric video for “On The Run”, out via Bad Apples Music. The release arrives alongside the announcement of Birdz’ Place of DreamsEP to enter the world on Friday May 3rd, putting Bad Apples Music at the forefront of championing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island musicians across the country.

Another incredible release from the NT raised, Melbourne based artist, “On The Run” showcases Birdz branching further into his fusion of rap and singing, showcasing an effortless flow and captivating lyrical talent that speaks directly towards the social injustices affecting him and his community. Amongst the powerful beats and heavy hitting percussion Birdz fierce rap prowess is undeniable, firing off a commanding performance cultivated from his heritage. Birdz on the single:

“On The Run” is a direct response to those who relentlessly try and deny the truth about Australia’s history, and subsequently continue to suppress our voices today. Lest we forget.”

With the Place of Dreams EP announced for release in just a few short months, Birdz season is officially upon us. His last release “Place of Dreams” feat. Ecca Vandal made waves across the country, with Complex naming Birdz “one of the most exciting rappers in the Australian scene right now”  In celebration of new the single and to treat fans to a taster of what’s to come, Birdz played his headline “Place of Dreams” shows in Melbourne and Sydney, performing with such fervent passion and technical mastery that leaves no doubt as to why he at the forefront of Australia’s future of hip hop.

Since drawing the nation’s attention with his 2017 debut album Train of Thought, Birdz garnered support from not only his peers but also via the airwaves of community radio, triple j and triple j unearthed for his unwavering passion and commitment to his craft. Awarded Best Independent Hip-Hop Album at the 2018 AIR Awards, Birdz has consistently found himself in the company of greatness, having shared stages with the likes of Briggs, Sampa The Great, Loyle Carner, The Funkoars, and Thundamentals, while also performing across renowned Australian festivals such as Woodford, Sprung Festival, The Hills Are Alive, St Kilda Festival, Groovin the Moo and 2018’s Bad Apples showcase at Melbourne’s CHANGES Music Industry Summit.
With a number of performances on the horizon and counting down to a highly anticipated EP, Birdz continues to impress and surpass expectations with every track he releases. An activist for change in his music and life, “On The Run” is no exception to the poignant and lyrically mesmerising music we have come to expect from Birdz.

“ON THE RUN” IS OUT

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New Bam Partnership – Artvitist Entertainment




Continuing their growth as Australia’s leading Aboriginal label, Bad Apples Music have announced their latest cultural exchange partnership with Los Angeles based, Artivist Entertainment – founded by Aloe Blacc and Maya Jupiter. With a shared commitment to supporting artists dedicated to using their art for positive social transformation, Bad Apples Music will host Native American singer/songwriter, rapper and spoken word artist Calina Lawrence, when she heads down under to perform in Sydney & Melbourne, including a performance with Bad Apples Music presents: Music For The Mob for Brunswick Music Festival.

An enrolled member of the Suquamish TribeCalina Lawrence was born and raised within her Indigenous culture in the Pacific Northwest area of Washington State. Her musical career and activism have remained mutually exclusive since the beginning, always lending her voice to the preservation of Suquamish traditions while she explored her love for many contemporary genres. Having released her debut album Epicenter in 2018, Lawrence’s R&B, soul and spoken word fused artistry dedicates itself to addressing social injustices globally, including racial injustice, police brutality, climate injustice, suicide prevention, violence against women, and many other causes.

Lawrence will play shows in Sydney and Melbourne, including a performance with the recently announced Music For The Mob at Brunswick Music Festival on Sunday, March 17. Presented by Bad Apples Music, the all female, all First Nations concert in Shore Reserve will close out the festival, seeing Lawrence perform alongside a lineup of fierce females in Australian music, including Emma Donavan and The Putbacks, Alice Skye, Miiesha and DJ Soju Gang.

Last year, Bad Apples Music participated in their first cultural artists exchange when they invited Canada’s Indigenous hip hop duo, Snotty Nose Rez Kids to perform as a hip hop supergroup with Bad Apples artist Birdz and label-mate Nooky for Darwin Festival. Lawrence represents the first movement for 2019 through the partnership between Bad Apples Music and Artivist Entertainment through this artist cultural exchange. Founded in LA by Aloe Blacc, Maya Jupiter, Quetzal Flores, Alberto Lopez and Veronica Gonzalez, Artivist Entertainment is committed to supporting artists who use their creativity for positive social transformation. From promoting discussions about important social issues to sponsoring cultural events that bridge diverse communities, Artivist Entertainment shines a spotlight on activists who express themselves artistically.

An enduring commitment to nurturing artists and providing platforms for excellence in the music sector, Bad Apples Music continues to grow as Australia’s most prolific Aboriginal record label. Founded by Briggs, the label maintains a foundational objective in using music as a platform for social change and educating and fostering the talent of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. Now linking up with Artivist Entertainment to bring the inspiring Calina Lawrence to our shores, don’t miss your chance to see her, alongside some of Australia’s biggest First Nations artists when she plays Music For The Mob at Brunswick Music Festival in March.

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BIRDZ SHARES VIDEO FOR “PLACE OF DREAMS” WITH ECCA VANDAL




Ahead of his headline shows in Sydney and Melbourne kicking off later this month, Melbourne-based Birdz today releases the video to his latest single “Place of Dreams” feat. Ecca Vandal, out now via Bad Apples Music & announces signing to Niche Talent Agency.

Set inside a leafy greenhouse, the video sees Birdz and Ecca shot in a soft, dreamlike haze. Despite this gentle atmosphere, the pair perform with incredible presence and vigour, evoking the commanding lyricism and effortless hip-hop flow that comes naturally to both artists. An aesthetically captivating addition to the story, the “Place of Dreams” video is a reminder of the track’s compelling message of breaking through imposed glass ceilings.

As the first taste of his upcoming EP, Birdz will bring “Place of Dreams” to the stage later this month, performing at Melbourne’s Gasometer Hotel on February 1 before making his way to Wayward’s in Sydney on February 2Performing tracks off his critically acclaimed debut record Train of Thought, and forthcoming EP, lucky Melbourne and Sydney fans will get the chance to see Birdz on his way to the top as one of the country’s most exciting hip-hop acts.

Since drawing the nation’s attention with his 2017 debut album, Birdz has since found increasing fandom across the country, garnering support not only from his peers but from the airwaves of community radio, triple j and triple j unearthed for his lyrical mastery and honest perspective on social issues. With Train of Thought awarded Best Independent Hip-Hop Album at the 2018 AIR Awards, Birdz has consistently found himself in the company of greatness. Since 2017, he has shared stages with some of the biggest players in hip-hop, including BriggsSampa The GreatLoyle CarnerThe Funkoars, and Thundamentals, while also hitting up the festival circuit with appearances at WoodfordSprung FestivalThe Hills Are AliveSt Kilda FestivalGroovin the Moo and 2018’s Bad Apples showcase at Melbourne’s CHANGES Music Industry Summit.

Today marks the next phase of the “Place of Dreams” journey. Catch Birdz lighting up stages across Sydney and Melbourne in the coming weeks. For now, press play and repeat on the “Place of Dreams”film clip for a 2019 teaser of what’s to come.
“PLACE OF DREAMS” FEAT. ECCA VANDAL
WATCH HERE
BUY/STREAM HERE
OUT NOW VIA BAD APPLES MUSIC

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BIRDZ ANNOUNCES HEADLINE SHOWS IN SYDNEY & MELBOURNE




In celebration of his latest release “Place of Dreams” feat. Ecca Vandal, Bad Apples Music signee Birdz today announces headline shows in Sydney and Melbourne. Performing at Waywards in Sydney on January 31 and Melbourne’s Gasometer Hotel on February 1, these shows will feature a fire set list of tracks from his critically acclaimed debut record Train of Thought, and preview into his forthcoming EP.

BIRDZ TOUR DATES

Thursday January 31 – Waywards, Newtown (TIX HERE)
Friday February 1 – Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood (TIX HERE)

Premiered via Complex“Place of Dreams” showcases Birdz commanding lyricism and smooth hip-hop flow. Swiftly added to rotation on triple j, the track tells a tale of limitations laid down by others and ultimately having the strength to believe in oneself – featuring powerhouse vocals from Ecca Vandaland masterful production from Trials. The first of many releases to come in 2019 from the Bad Apples music roster, “Place of Dreams” solidifies Birdz’ impeccable and authentic talent, as one of the country’s most exciting hip-hop acts.
Since his debut record Train of Thought was released in 2017, Birdz has garnered national fandom from his peers and industry alike, gaining support across community radio, triple j and triple j unearthed for his honest words and raw perspective on prolific social issues.
Awarded Best Independent Hip Hop Album at the 2018 AIR Awards, Birdz’ burgeoning popularity has seen him take the stage with the likes of Briggs, Sampa The Great, Loyle Carner, The Funkoars, and Thundamentals, while also igniting crowds across Woodford, Sprung Festival, The Hills Are Alive, St Kilda Festival, Groovin the Moo and this year’s Bad Apples showcase at Melbourne’s CHANGES Music Industry Summit.
Having already caught the attention of the nation, the “Place of Dreams” tour is the chance for fans to experience Birdz’s fervent passion and powerful word-play in the live domain, declaring 2019 the year of Bad Apples music takeover. Lyrically compelling and incredibly talented, don’t miss your chance to catch a true icon of Australian hip-hop in the making when he heads to Sydney and Melbourne in 2019.

“PLACE OF DREAMS” FEAT. ECCA VANDAL
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OUT NOW VIA BAD APPLES MUSIC

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NEW MUSIC // BIRDZ feat ECCA VANDAL – PLACE OF DREAMS




BIRDZ RELEASES NEW SINGLE AHEAD OF FORTHCOMING EP

“PLACE OF DREAMS” FEAT. ECCA VANDAL

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Bad Apples Music signee Birdz is proud to share his new single “Place of Dreams” feat. Ecca Vandal, taken from his forthcoming EP of the same name. As premiered via Complex, the release arrives ahead of a huge year for Bad Apples Music, announcing their partnership with Universal Music Australia to offer a platform for excellence for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices.

Balancing moments of delicate keys between formidable beats, the track tells a tale of limitations laid down by others and ultimately having the strength to believe in oneself. Leading with the explosive vocal prowess of Ecca Vandal, the single flows with production by Trials, and the raw rap that has cemented Birdz’ status as one of the country’s most exciting hip hop acts today. Always formed by his heritage, the track evokes a compelling story told through both lyrics and organic composition.

Birdz says of “Place of Dreams”The song really touches on the concept of a glass ceiling and the limitations people try put on you, especially where I come from and if you’re Indigenous… Ultimately, Place Of Dreams is about believing in yourself, having the strength to break through the bullshit and continue paving your own path.

Born & raised in the Northern Territory and now based in Melbourne, Birdz has seen accolades galore following the release of his debut record in 2017, Train of Thought. Combined with a compelling Like a Version performance, the young emcee was launched into the national spotlight through support from community radio, triple j and triple j unearthed for his honest words and raw perspective on prolific social issues. The debut record, awarded Best Independent Hip Hop Album at the 2018 AIR Awards, included singles “This Side” feat. Serina Pech, “Rise” feat. Jimblah, and the politically charged “Black Lives Matter, which collectively hold over 600k streams on Spotify. The groundbreaking artist’s burgeoning popularity has also seen him take the stage with the likes of BriggsSampa The GreatLoyle CarnerThe Funkoars, and Thundamentals, while also igniting crowds across WoodfordSprung FestivalThe Hills Are AliveSt Kilda FestivalGroovin the Moo and this year’s Bad Apples showcase at Melbourne’s CHANGES Music Industry Summit.

This first taste of Birdz’s forthcoming EP is set to lead the way for many new releases on the horizon from Bad Apples. A commanding message delivered with fervent passion, the first bite with “Place of Dreams” will leave you craving more.

“PLACE OF DREAMS” FEAT. ECCA VANDAL
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LOVE FOR BIRDZ

“Birdz’s passion and conviction is off the charts.” TRIPLE J

“Black Lives Matter is the latest example of BIRDZ’s ability to wrap a masterful delivery around the oppression of our Indigenous community.” AU REVIEW 

“The content in Birdz’ songs is abundantly important, and he still manages to be musically interesting and creative plus, the dude got skills for days!” THE MUSIC 

“Get onto it immediately, be blown away, and boast to people in 20 years time that you were a fan before it was cool.” BEAT MAGAZINE

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BIRDZ WINNER – AIR AWARD BEST HIP-HOP RELEASE




Congratulations to our brother BIRDZ for winning the Australian Record Label Association Award for best Independent Hip-Hop Album with his debut release ‘Train Of Thought’.

We couldn’t be more proud!

Birdz released his debut project through Bad Apples in August 2017.

Listen to album here:

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NEW MUSIC – NOOKY… BLACK FUTURE




NOOKY has come out firing with a chant for the next generation of Black Excellence, with a stand-alone track – BLACK FUTURE. Today, the Bad Apples signee has dropped the explosive song ‘BLACK FUTURE” accompanied by a blistering clip.

A perfect NAIDOC anthem – the track points to Black Excellence and the opportunities for the rappers Peoples to achieve anything. They are the future.

“The song is about black excellence, about the feats we have achieved in the past but also about what we are doing now and what we are about to do”

NOOKY burst into the Australian Hip Hop scene in 2010, his technical rap style and thought provoking lyrics propelled him forward. He’s Yuin blood line and culture informs his music, he pulls no punches when his culture and people are under fire, he remains unapologetically honest while delivering unique and tactful music.

NOOKY is set to release his debut project via Bad Apples Music (BAM) later this year.

BAM is a force to be reckoned with. There was an undeniable energy that was created when bam made its introduction to the game and it just keeps getting stronger and stronger, I feel at home at BAM because I know my brothers got my back and trust I got theirs. We walked through the fire and learnt how to use it.”

Listen to BLACK FUTURE on triple j Unearthed here: https://www.triplejunearthed.com/artist/nooky

UPCOMING NOOKY SHOWS

Sunday 15th July – NAIDOC WEEK BLOCK PARTY featuring Nooky, Rebecca Hatch, Kobie Dee, and more @ The Lansdowne, 2 City Rd, Sydney

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BAD APPLES SHOWCASE PRESENTED BY LEVI’S@ CHANGES SUMMIT




Bad Apples Music today announce a powerful 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 JujuPhilly, 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 GreatMasta 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.

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BAD APPLES ANNOUNCE SHOWCASE AS PART OF CHANGES SUMMIT

PRESENTED BY LEVI’S®

BIRDZ
MOJO JUJU
PHILLY

DRMNGNOW
SOJU GANG

THURSDAY JULY 5, 2018
THE LAUNDRY BAR, MELBOURNE

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