Adelaide Foothills, SA
no one else.
A proud member of the Larrakia, Yanyuwa, Bardi and Wardaman Nations, Jimblah is an Indigenous MC and producer with his heart on his sleeve and his head on his shoulders. Check out his thoughtful, soulful and impassioned rhymes here on Unearthed.
Interview: 27 August 2012
Tell us about your music - how did you develop your sound?
My Dad is a musician/songwriter, so music was everywhere throughout my child hood. I started playing the drums at the age of 6 or 7 and later on down the track, I got into Hip Hop. Eventually I began to produce and write my own songs, and also DJ here and there. I draw from many different genres, but I think soul/gospel/rap describes my music best. I love to sample, but I also love to use live instrumentation and mess with synths and stuff like that. I mainly rap, but I also like to sing stuff as well.
What’s the Jimblah live show like?
You will never ever know, unless you never ever go! haha. Nah, we have fun, but we also try to get you to stop and think about a few things on the way.
You’ve done a lot of work to encourage and inspire other Indigenous Australians through music, but tell us about the bands, producers and people in the Indigenous music community that inspire you.
Trials, from the Funkoars, is a big inspiration for me. His hard work and dedication to his craft is awesome. Also, The Last Kinection are as cool as they come. The list goes on, Dan Sultan, Kev Carmody, Frank Yamma, Impossible Odds. My biggest hero ever though is Pemulwuy. What a Boss. Brother must've had the meanest of songs.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Mum said that "Nothing is supposed to be easy". Lord Finesse said "Patience plus persistence".
What’s coming up in 2012?
I'm hitting the road a fair bit with workshops and some shows plus Ive got some big news dropping real soon. Ive also got a new clip in the works, which will be released within a few months. Other than that, I'm in the studio working on my next release which will drop next year.
Australian music is...
...Awesome. Its really cool that we have our own thing going on down here. A is for Awesome.