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Unearthed artists we like
Bursting onto the scene with her debut single ‘Sassaparilla’, Muki amassed a legion of fans especially among the media who praised the young artist for her ‘forward thinking pop’ positioning her as ‘Australia’s Pop Princess’ (Pilerats). A successful string of singles and the release of her debut EP It Won't Hurt landed Muki support with 5 Seconds of Summer on their Australian arena tour.
The last 12 months have seen Muki showcase her immense songwriting talents collaborating with Briggs, The Veronicas, Cosmo's Midnight, Slayyyter and Jessica Mauboy, garnering the pop savant two ARIA Award Nominations for her work on Jessica Mauboy’s #1 record Hilda and Briggs’ Always Was EP. It was these efforts that captured the attention of international/UK based management company Tribe, who have been working closely with Muki in establishing her as an Australian pop-heavyweight.
The Sydney-based future-pop artist is now set to release her follow-up body of work in 2021, sonically and visually inspired by Ridley Scott's 1982 Blade Runner. Welcome to the Mukiverse.
Queen of pop beats, sass and a whole lot of fun is Sydney artist and this week's Feature Artist, MUKI!
Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I have always had a fascination with Spice Girls and J Pop artists, and I would chat to Phebe Starr and Aaron Reyes (my producer for this EP) about the kind of sounds we would use. They both came across Sophie at SXSW and they introduced me to PC music. I fell in love instantly with the production. Aaron came out from the States for 2 weeks and we locked ourselves in my studio and wrote the whole EP!
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
At the moment I am fascinated by interesting production. I think it’s such a great time in music. I am given the freedom to say whatever the f*** I want. I use my songs to communicate what I want to the people who have underestimated me.
What can punters expect from a MUKI live show?
It’s like Spice Girls meets trap, except there aren't 5 girls, it's just me and my curly haired MD doing synchronised dance moves.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Phebe Starr said to me the other day, "nothing comes for free" and that's a pretty good life motto. Nothing in the music industry is perfect, so you have to just take it as it comes. Work hard, know why you are doing it and stay true to who you are.
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Mallrat with 'Better'. She is such a queen!
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Basenji with 'Mistakes' (ft. Tkay Maidza). It's such a good tune. It makes me a cry a little about how good it is. Tkay’s vocals are fire on this track.
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Sneaky Sound System with 'Pictures'.
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
I saw Oh Boy the other week and it was rad. He has cool hair and I love what he is doing with his production.
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you!
The Sydney music scene has such a cool vibe right now and I have some amazing friends that are doing a cool hustle. I am inspired by Phebe Starr, ASTA, OH BOY, Basenji, DONATACHI, Cosmos Midnight and Nina Las Vegas. I love them all!
What are your plans for 2018?
I am dropping an EP early next year. I also have some collaborations coming out and I am planning a writing trip to the States.