Hip Hop, Pop
SZA, Jhené Aiko and Jorja Smith
This week on triple j Unearthed we're Featuring Western Sydney artist, A.GIRL!
Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I like to think my music is different and that I don’t follow trends. My current sound comes from a fusion of the music I listen to and my feelings in the moment of writing my songs. My sound is constantly evolving, as the more I live and experience, the more music I create, the more new layers will be added to my songs.
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Healing is definitely my greatest inspiration. Music has helped me express emotions in a way that no other form of expression could do.
What can punters expect from an A.GIRL live show?
LIVE SHOWS FOR ME ARE LIFE. I like making people feel connected and especially making them dance, I even like it when they do the stank face lol. Seeing someone feel the same way I feel from a lyric or even from a bass line is something really special. The same vibe my audience can feel during my show, is the same one I have on the stage with my band. We’re very tight, basically family. My younger sister does the BVs, my guitarist has been my friend since year 5 (we met at our High School’s Open Day) and we all went to High School together. We love sharing this experience.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
‘Be good or be good at it' - it’s my mum’s life motto. She always says that no matter what you do, good or bad, or even something risky, go all in. It’s the only way you won’t have regrets.
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
‘Elastic Heart’ from Sia ft. The Weeknd. This song will put a smile on anyone’s face!
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
‘Uppers & Downers’ from Isaac Puerile. This song can make anyone cry or is it just me?
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Ridin’ Manu Crooks’ mood forever.
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
The Area movement: This event was amazing! I often go to live music events and gigs to support artists, which usually means that I have to travel from South Granville into the city centre. The Area Movement took place in Parramatta, which meant that it was five minutes up the road from my house! WE NEED MORE OF THESE EVENTS IN WEST SYDNEY.
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.
The current Sydney female music scene is very inspiring to me #YTG (yeah the girls!): Milan Ring, Bea Moon, Temgazi, Lara Andallo to name a few. I can’t leave out the boys Cult Shotta, Free Souls and Manu Crooks, who are putting Sydney on the map. There are many more Sydney artists who inspire my music, but there’s no room to name them all!
What are your plans for the rest of 2019?
At the moment I’m focusing on writing catchy vibes with a few producers and other artists, but I also want to do more live performances, because my band is currently on fire! My plans also include looking after my physical, mental and spiritual health and cross off my list some of my 2019-2020 goals: Reaching 100K streams on Spotify, do triple j’s ‘Like A Version’… ‘wink wink’, get more international things popping for 2020 and overall be a good human being.
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