NOOKY DROPS DEBUT EP ‘JUNCTION COURT’

NOOKY DROPS DEBUT EP ‘JUNCTION COURT’

Friday October 11

“The white cockatoo, Nyalwal flew through the fire and was badly hurt, injured & burned… but he made it out the other side. As he was flying over the river he noticed his reflection and was horrified at what he saw, but when he returned to his community, the people celebrated him. He went through the fire and experienced all that pain but he came out wiser, stronger, bigger, faster and matured. He was badly scarred, but he was a better version of himself. Junction Court is based on this story; it’s me going through the fire. It starts and ends with the same track, because I haven’t made it out yet. I’m still dealing with things.” 

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Today, Yuin MC and esteemed Australian rapper Nooky shares his debut EP Junction Court, out on October 11 via Bad Apples Music. The 7-track journey stems from moments of heartache and loss to the personal trials and tribulations that have followed, delivered through the lens of his political eye, complex wordplay and rich Indigenous pride.

Paying tribute to his hometown stomping ground by name, Junction Court brings to light the frustration and helplessness faced at a time of grievous loss, meanwhile drawing attention to the everyday battles experienced by fellow First Nations People. Nooky claws for survival amid all-consuming struggles from past and present, grappling with ongoing social, political and personal turmoil to deliver a snapshot of life in its rawest form through his most refined sound and honest rhymes yet. Balancing between heated energy and softer moments, the series of tracks leave no stone unturned as he delves into his own introspection while facing paradoxes between feeling incomplete and belonging to a broader community binded in heritage.

The black cockatoo creation story (mentioned above) lends lessons in hardship, lasting wounds and resilience and seep into the foundation of opening track “Nowa Nowa pt.1 Selway”. A poignant eulogy, Nooky confides in a lost mentor and loved one, with stings laid bare as his voice breaks beneath weights of hurt, while the chorus recognises strength in the fire and smoke that transformed the white cockatoo into the majestic blackness.

“Charged Up” pulls Nooky into a new legion of his own, capped with world class production matching the natural vocal ferocity he comes alive in. Fuelled in fury and vice, Nooky bares explosive emotion culminating in a fierce call out to the birthplace that has shaped him. “PS2” pokes fun with cheeky humour upfront, before unleashing a pungent metaphor for life’s games. Returning single “Numb” next steps to the plate, broadening Nooky’s unapologetic attitude while taking another step back from signature fiery lyrics to honest words, dips in trap production and a gripping insight into first-hand facets of addiction. Unpacking moments at the brink of emotion when substances are used for numbing the pains within, Nooky draws attention to the blessings of the medicine that’s turned to.

The hard-hitting beats and layered vocals of “Liberty City” pay respect to the cities he’s called home and the independence they’ve bestowed (while giving a shout out to classic Grand Theft Auto), before “CUZN” channels intricate wordplay with a profound expression, highlighting the trials and tribulations of being a young, misunderstood Indigenous Australian. Calling out issues of youth incarceration and taking swings at injustice while speaking to his own lost cousin, Nooky shines a light on the cultural bonds that stand behind the track’s title term for kinship.

Drawing to a close, “Nowa Nowa pt.2 Lucas” completes the last stanzas of his eloquent poem, signing off a tribute to another lost friend who’s bond ties back to his early days in Nowra. While seeking out the moments one gets lost on a strayed pathway, Nooky rests in his state of no resolution unsure of where to go next, while screeches of birds and haunting sirens chase his words.

Accompanying the release is a powerful extended visual for the EP’s opening and closing tracks “Nowa Nowa pt. 1 Selway” and “Nowa Nowa pt. 2 Lucas”, as well as news of upcoming EP launch shows. Nooky will first hit Melbourne’s Grace Darling on Sunday, October 20 before firing up the walls of Waywards in Sydney on Friday, October 25 and taking to his hometown for a very special performance at Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre on Saturday, November 16.

Nooky first burst onto the music scene in 2010 when he moved from coastal hometown Nowra to Sydney and quickly gained attention for his unmatched rhymes and technical rap style. After receiving international recognition following a chance meeting with Taboo from the Black Eyed Peas, he next took home the Australia Council’s Dreaming Prize for young Indigenous artists in 2016 before going on to release his debut solo single “Black Future” on Bad Apples Music in 2018. Nooky has appeared on tracks with B Wise, P Smurf, Birdz, Manu Crooks and more, plus featured his second solo track “Blackfellas” on 2019’s Deadly Hearts 2 compilation album alongside Dan Sultan, Electric Fields, Tia Gostelow and more. Also an esteemed producer, he has curated the behind the scenes on tracks from Birdz, Caiti Baker and Tasman Keith. Nooky’s initial EP singles “Numb”, premiered on triple j, and “CUZN” have been met with widespread praise from FilterZine, Acclaim, Pilerats and more, setting the scene for a compelling collection in store.

Outside of the studio, Nooky’s name has been built on the energetic shows he delivers alive and proud in his blackness while firm in every word’s ferocity. Across his career, Nooky has shaken the stage with multiple high profile Australian artists, opening for UrthboyA.B. OriginalJimblahThe Daily Meds, as well as touring consistently alongside his mentor Briggs. A fierce advocate for championing black excellence, Nooky has positioned his music and voice at the forefront of conversations around changing the date and educating others on the Nation’s true history.

Set apart in style and raw substance, Junction Court steps into a junction of life to shine a light on the unspoken toils of the human experience. Glimpsing into a certain long-standing legacy in the making, don’t miss tuning into Junction Court today.

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JUNCTION COURT TRACKLIST
1. Nowa Nowa pt. 1 Selway
2. Charged Up
3. PS2
4. Numb
5. Liberty City
6. CUZN
7. Nowa Nowa pt. 2 Lucas

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ALICE SKYE SIGNS TO BAD APPLES MUSIC




ALICE SKYE SIGNS TO BAD APPLES MUSIC

AHEAD OF PERFORMING AT MELBOURNE MUSEUM’S NOCTURNAL SERIES WITH BRIGGS ON JULY 5

Wergaia woman and one of Australia’s brightest songwriters, Alice Skye today joins the nation’s leading label for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, Bad Apples Music. To celebrate the news, Alice Skye will perform alongside Bad Apples label founder Briggs, at Melbourne Museum’s upcoming Nocturnal event on July 5 for NAIDOC Week.

Born in Western Victoria and now based in Narrm (Melbourne), Alice has been working hard over the past couple of years, touring her 2018 debut album Friends with Feelings with childhood friends and bandmates, Sam and Kane King. A combination of hopeful and haunting, Alice’s sound combines dreamy vocals and stripped back piano melodies, elevating the gentle moodiness of her songwriting, transforming her once bedroom scribblings into well-crafted and articulated lyrics on love, loss and life. Alice Skye on signing to Bad Apples Music:

“I usually overthink things until I can’t make a decision but taking the steps to sign to Bad Apples Music just made sense to me. They have been so supportive and generous to me since we first met. It does feel ironic to be among such staunch and strong rappers when that is quite opposite of what I am, but I love the idea that there can be staunchness in shyness and that Bad Apples believe in that too.

I have such admiration for Briggs’ and the way he navigates this industry – and I love the space he and the team at Bad Apples have created for first nations artists in this country. The music industry is a wild and sometimes overwhelming place, so having people that prioritse community and operate like family back me and believe in me is a real dream. I’m so happy to be working with people who are as excited about me releasing new stuff as I am.”

Joining the news of today’s signing, Alice announces she will perform at Melbourne Museum’s monthly returning Nocturnal event series on July 5, headlined by Briggs. Returning for NAIDOC Week this July, the adults only after-dark event will take over the museum’s forest gallery to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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. Briggs on the signing:

“I’m proud that Alice Skye has found a home with Bad Apples Music. Wergaia woman Alice brings an immense talent, honesty and unique perspective with her that I believe will only take her to further success. I’ve watched Alice grow as an artist over the last 2 years and it’s been Strength to strength. Alice’s songwriting & performance is top tier and it won’t take long before she is recognised as one of our countries best.

Bad Apples Music strives to create pathways represent our vast communities and talents as best as possible in the most genuine way. Supporting artists outside of the Hip-Hop is a first step for us but it is a considered and informed one.”

Don’t miss attending Nocturnal on July 5 to witness Bad Apples Music’s newest signing, Alice Skye.

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UPCOMING SHOWS

Friday July 5 – Nocturnal, Melbourne Museum (TIX HERE)

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NEW ARTIST SIGNING – KOBIE DEE WITH NEW SINGLE – “JODY”




Today, upcoming Gamilaroi artist Kobie Dee shares his latest track, “Jody”. As one of the most exciting new voices emerging in the Australian hip hop scene, today’s release arrives alongside the news that Kobie joins the nation’s leading label for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, Bad Apples Music. 

At just 21-years-old, Kobie Dee has an innate gift for story-telling and connecting with young people, and in “Jody” he delivers yet another powerful track. Pairing fiercely tight rhymes with a natural flow, the MC’s raw, honest and effortless lyrical talent is strikingly captivating. Guided by a strong but gentle beat, “Jody” puts the singer/songwriter under his own spotlight, drawing the nation’s attention to the Bad Apples signee as an undisputed rising star. A career highlight to date, Kobie stepped into the booth for triple j’s Bars Of Steel, which not only inspired the track itself but also saw a surge of support from the industry and fans alike as it became one of the most successful episodes to date, with over 320k views and counting. Kobie Dee on the single:

“Jody is a story about three boys who were brought up in broken homes which led them down the wrong path. Dealt a bad hand in life they are easily persuaded to make some bad decisions. I wrote this song to highlight some of the things that go on in this city.”

Alongside the release of “Jody”, Kobie excitedly shares that he will join the roster at Australia’s most prolific Aboriginal record label, Bad Apples Music. 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. Also providing guidance through high level production and navigating the cultural and social issues that fuel their inspiring art, the signing is a seamless match with Kobie Dee, who has been putting pen to paper since age 9. Briggs on the signing:

“He is an exciting young artist. He shows amazing skill in the fundamentals of hip-hop, especially story telling which I feel is a big part missing in hip-hop and music at the moment. We are excited to see Kobie’s growth and to help him achieve what’s next in his career. “

With just a couple of tracks released and a handful of freestyle videos floating around, Kobie has found a loyal following, with an accumulated 700k views across Facebook and Youtube. Generating a buzz from day one, his first two official singles “Right Now” and “This Life” captured the attention of fans and industry heavyweights alike. As an artist, Kobie Dee is deeply engaged with his community through live performance and youth mentoring programs, where his passion for his culture and people is inspiring new generations.

Focused on creating new music to further cement his hip-hop career, todays release sees Kobie continue to impress and exceed expectations. With an appearance at Briggs’ Bad Apples House Partyand an already solid fan-base across Australia, “Jody” is just the beginning for Kobie Dee as he sets out to make his mark on 2019 with Bad Apples Music backing him along the way.

“JODY” OUT FRIDAY MAY 24 VIA BAD APPLES MUSIC

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Check out Kobie performing JODY live on triple j’s Bars Of Steele

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BRIGGS CURATES INAUGURAL FIRST NATIONS SONG HUBS




A week ago today, a collection of the world’s best First Nations creatives, songwriters, producers and MC’s gathered at the prestigious Abbey Road Studios in Melbourne to commence the 1st First Nations Song Hubs – an APRA AMCOS program proudly supported by Creative Victoria.

The camp consisted of four days of songwriting collaboration with Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Māori, and Pasifika songwriters and musicians with international guests. Each artist was placed in a studio each day, with a different forumla of Singwriter, Topliner and Producer to “Create Bangers” (Briggs’ orders!)

The week was filled with collaboration, friendship and creating some great music. Some of which will be released at the determination of each artist.

Curated by rapper, APRA Music Award-winning songwriter, and APRA AMCOS Ambassador Briggs, the camp  was attended by the world’s best First Nations artists including:

SONGHUBS FIRST NATIONS PARTICIPANTS
Curator:
Briggs (Yorta Yorta)

International guest writers:
Renata Flores (Quechua, Peru)
Tufawon (Dakota/Boricua, Turtle Island)

APRA AMCOS guest writers: 
10A (Aotearoa)
Alice Skye (Wergaia/Wemba Wemba)
Birdz (Butchulla)
Naomi Wenitong (Kabi Kabi)

PARTICIPANTS
Ladi6
Frank Eliesa
Nooky
Madi Colville Walker
Ziggy Ramo
Rebecca Hatch
Savage
Benny Walker
Mitch Tambo
Keyhoo
The Merinda’s
Lady Lash
Ridzy Ray
Scott Darwlow
Rachael Lia
Maylene Slater-Burns
Robert K Champion
Desmond Mase
Francois

Check out all the photos here

A message from Minister Foley:

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BIRDZ SHARES HIS HIGHLY ANTICIPATED PLACE OF DREAMS EP




Rising hip-hop star, Birdz today shares his highly anticipated Place Of Dreams EP, out via Bad Apples Music. To coincide with the seven-track release, the NT-raised, Melbourne-based rapper shares the latest single and video “Black Child” feat. Mojo Juju, available to watch now and premiered on Acclaim.

The visual accompaniment for “Black Child” features cameo appearances from well-loved artists Alice Skye, Kaiit and guest artist Mojo Juju, set within an elaborate, colourful and vast manor. The thought inducing lyrics pull you inwards with every verse, while the visuals redefine Euro-centric, Renaissance vignettes with bold, empowered First Nations People. The clip has recreated these images by highlighting the power and beauty of community – a new art that speaks to a hopeful future for the First Nations experience.

Bad Apples Music are at the forefront of championing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island musicians around Australia, with Birdz’ latest body of work no exception. Never one to sugar coat his lyrics nor creating stories for listening comfort, Birdz speaks truthfully and proudly to his past and present experiences, his lyrical talent and endless enthusiasm evident across his fusion of rap and singing.

Opening with “Black Child” feat. Mojo Juju, Place Of Dreams goes on to introduce “My Name”, a rap-sing fusion of bolded beats produced by label mate Nooky, with a youthful melody and serious undertones. A recurring theme across the EP, Birdz masterfully explores his agenda through allusion and the coercion of bright and poignant production. “Problem” addresses the naysayers against Black progress, before leading towards recently released single “On The Run”, and hope-inducing “Stars”feat. Serina Pech“Reasons” explores everyday motivations, before closing out with lead single, “Place of Dreams” feat. Ecca Vandal.
A commanding storyteller, Birdz weaves direct messages on social injustices between the clever production, and the EP’s artwork. Birdz on the artwork:
“The artwork reflects the harsh realities I address in the music. The juxtaposition of the kitsch style illustration and graphic imagery exposes ignorant Australia’s attitude towards the ongoing plight of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. I really wanted the artwork to be able to stand on its own and hit as hard as the music does”

Birdz wowed crowds earlier this year at headline shows in Sydney and Melbourne, as the EP’s previous singles “Place Of Dreams” and “On The Run” led to Complex naming him “one of the most exciting rappers in the Australian scene right now”. Since releasing his 2017 debut album Train of Thought, Birdz has captured support from 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 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, and appearing on stage with the likes of J.I.D., Briggs, Sampa The Great, Loyle Carner, The Funkoars, and Thundamentals.

Birdz today surpasses all expectations easily, finally sharing his awaited Place Of Dreams EP. A seven-track release of heart-felt, hard-hitting themes on matters Birdz cares most for as an advocate and masterful lyricist for positive change, don’t delay in listening today.

PLACE OF DREAMS IS OUT TODAY VIA BAD APPLES MUSIC
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“BLACK CHILD” FEAT. MOJO JUJU OUT NOW
WATCH HERE

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BRIGGS ‘LIFE IS INCREDIBLE’ TOUR




You can catch Briggs performing across the country in May and June which includes 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 take Australia’s most prestigious stage with some of the best Indigenous talent including electro-soul (and Eurovision contenders) duo Electric Fields, rising star The Kid Laroi, Melbourne based Birdz, Brisbane rapper Jesswar, and many more.

Full dates and venues below:

Sunday 26th May – Canberra Theatre, Canberra – tickets Here

Thursday 30th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney – tickets Here

Saturday 1st June – Kulin Dreaming, Wyndham Vale – Free Entry

Thursday 13th June – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne – tickets Here

Sunday 16th June – Darwin Supercars, Darwin – tickets Here

 

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

Check out the film clip here:

Rapper, actor and comedy writer BRIGGS will release an all-star Indigenous video for his brand-new single ‘LIFE IS INCREDIBLE’.

The single ‘LIFE IS INCREDIBLE’ has already been compared to Jordan Peele’s hit horror film Get Out, in that it starts pleasantly then throws a curveball that doubles as a social critique. The video continues this formula as Briggs satirically takes on the issue of Indigenous life expectancy.

“Indigenous life expectancy is a heavy and complicated issue, so I wanted to bring attention to it in a new, interesting way that is just 3mins. I’ve always been a fan of the horror genre and it lends perfectly for this.”

We follow Briggs as he checks into the affluent retirement home known as ‘Whitehaven’. Considering the short life expectancy of Indigenous Australians, Briggs feels at 32 years of age it is time to enjoy his twilight years. At first it appears to be the type of retirement home any working professional would be comfortable leaving their parent to spend their final years; however, we soon see a string of untimely deaths.

Briggs called upon his dearest friends to be systematically killed off throughout the video including footy greats Adam Goodes, Michael O’Loughlin and George Rose, prolific playwright Nakkiah Lui and actor Shari Sebbens Sapphires. Briggs found it wasn’t hard to get them on board,

“The video’s message around Indigenous life expectancy really resonated with everyone I approached so they were on board no matter how I planned to kill them off.”

Filming occurred at an eclectic array of Sydney venues including the Marrickville and Clovelly Bowling Clubs and the School Of Practical Philosophy. Briggs’ vision was brought to life by rising Indigenous talent Dylan River, the son of director Warwick Thornton and cinematographer for the award-winning Sweet Country.

His first new solo material since the 2014 critically acclaimed ‘Sheplife’, Life Is Incredible’ is lifted from forthcoming Album number four from Briggs due out late in 2019.  Stay tuned for more details.

Source: BadApplesMusic.com

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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

Source: BadApplesMusic.com

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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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Source: BadApplesMusic.com

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