Artist info


Hip Hop, Roots

band members

declan jones - trumpet, adam king - drum set, julian langdon - double bass, tristan ludowyk - trumpet, luis poblete - vocals/percussion/charango/zampoñas, cristian saavedra - vocals/percussion, julian scheffer - guitar, alfie vielma - vocals/decks, andy williamson - saxes


Funk, latin/south american music, hiphop



LABJACD (say "Lab-Jacked") is a monster 9 piece band that's been working Australia's dance floors and festivals since 2005. Known for their powerful sound and a guns blazin' live set they have won loyal fans and respect wherever they've performed. Not pure hip-hop, not a straight funk band, not exactly world music, LABJACD's sound grew organically from the diverse backgrounds and experiences of its founding members. The three MC's who front the band are from a Chilean background, their families fleeing the nightmare of the Pinochet dictatorship during the 1970's and '80's. Parts of the show incorporate Andean music (including the use of traditional instruments) and the influence of latin styles such as salsa and cumbia can be felt throughout. The resulting sound is urban, rootsy and uncontrived; music that is genuinely of its time and place. LABJACD have rocked major festivals both nationally and internationally, including WOMADelaide, the Falls Festival, the Woodford Folk Festival, Perth & Adelaide Festivals, Live en Août (New Caledonia), the Bellingen Global Carnival and the Queenscliff Music Festival. They have staged their own shows at popular Australian music venues such as the Corner, the Zoo, the Espy and the East Brunswick Club, and graced the same stage as MC Eternia (Canada), Nickodemus (USA), Los Van Van (Cuba), The Herd and True Live. The bands broad appeal is evident – they are equally at home alongside Australia's premier hiphop groups as amongst some of the best world music artists from around the globe. LABJACD has been featured on JTV, a music programme on ABC TV produced by Triple J Radio as well as on a television broadcast of WOMADelaide on ABC2. LABJACD are now touring their second studio album "Words Out". Whilst thematically darker and more overtly political than their earlier material, this album will still bump your speakers like a lowrider on nitrous. Come and hang out with us, share a drink and dance till those sneakers are smokin'… Words Out (released Apr 11th 2009) plus LABJACD's two previous releases Vote With Your Feet released (2006) and a self-titled EP (2005) are both available through stores, on iTunes or from "One of the best live acts in the country" - Rolling Stone "Some of the best Aussie hip-hop floating around at the moment, made all the better through its Latin American heritage" - Time Off Magazine