Beat interviews DRMNGNOW

How did you get into making music? I started actively pursuing music pretty late. I was inspired by my younger sister Vanessa who was learning guitar. To see another family members wanting to pursue what they love and what makes them happy gave me infinite inspiration to follow something I thought may have passed me by.

Has music always been empowering for you and your heritage? Music has always been very empowering and cathartic to me, among so many other things. I realised the very first time I strummed a guitar that I was supposed to be doing this, supposed to be creating as a very duty of living – but a very rewarding duty. 

What is the significance of Jirrmujina Liyan, to you? To me, to be able to partake in an event that has such an important meaning behind it, ‘songs for spirit’ in Yawuru – as named by Dani – is a special honour. My music is very much about creating in a way that is replenishing and stimulating for minds, but importantly, the spirit of peoples, particularly other First Nations people.

What was it like creating your set? I am inspired by music as a whole, from so many different genres, in ways unique to them.  Though the medium of hip hop is largely at play in my set currently, I am always excited about the opportunity to move and shift with sound constructs, and where that can lead me. 

What messages are you trying to send through your music? I want people to be aware of the fact that everywhere in this world is sacred land of Indigenous peoples. Once people can become cognisant of that, I see foundational, necessary baselines of human living rising to a place that means all can thrive. 

DRMNGNOW will perform in Jirrmujina Liyan at the Darebin Music Feast. The event goes down at Northcote Town Hall on Saturday October 27. Grab yourself a ticket at the Music Feast website.