In the country for BIGSOUND, Snotty Nose Rez Kids are the combined talents of Yung Trybez and Young D, hailing from the Haisla Nation of British Columbia. Their trap beats and woven lyricism pay homage to their upbringing, while also touching upon larger themes related to Indigenous identity, politics and resistance.
Supporting them on stage this time round will first be home-grown, Bad Apples talents Nooky and Kobie Dee as they hit Sydney’s Goodspace on Friday 6 September, before journeying south with support from Lady Lash and Ridzy at Melbourne’s The Espy Basement on Saturday 7 September. The tour will then wrap up with a special all ages event on Sunday 8 September in partnership with Strong Brother, Strong Sister, Geelong, a culturally appropriate, safe place for Aboriginal young people to access and receive guidance, mentorship and empowerment to achieve excellence and improve their health and wellbeing.
This will be the second time the pair have teamed up with Bad Apples Music as part of an ongoing cultural artist exchange that started when they were invited to perform with local artist Birdz and label-mate Nooky for the Darwin Festival in 2018.
Nowra-born, Sydney-based Nooky is a law unto himself. The proud Yuin man spits country grammar and intricate wordplay in his energetic live shows, effortlessly bringing his blackness to the stage. Following the release of his first track “Black Future” through Bad Apples Music last year, he has quickly risen through the ranks with high anticipation for what he’ll be churning out next.
Kobie Dee, a 21-year-old Gamilaroi artist from Maroubra, Sydney will be bringing his innate gift for storytelling and connecting with young people to the stage. He is undoubtedly one of the most exciting new voices emerging in Australian hip hop, following the success of single “Right Now” and the recently released “Jody”.
The event on Sunday 8th Sept will include performances from Snotty Nose Rez Kids and local Wergaia voice Alice Skye, as well as cultural workshops and a Q&A with the artists and Aboriginal youth in the region. One of Australia’s brightest songwriters, Alice Skye’s hopeful and haunting sound combines dreamy vocals and stripped back piano in a mesmerising presentation of her own words on love, loss and life. Hosted by the Aboriginal owned youth organisation Strong Brother Strong Sister, the panel discussion aims to generate conversation about identity, culture and country. The event will be the first of its kind in the region, providing young Aboriginal people with positive inspiration and attainable role models from local and international artists.
Bad Apples Music is Australia’s most prolific Indigenous Australian record label, nurturing artists and providing platforms for excellence in the music sector. Founded by Briggs, the label maintains a foundational objective in using music as a platform for social change, educating and fostering the talent of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists while providing guidance through high level production and navigating the cultural and social issues that fuel their inspiring art. Bad Apples Music’s ongoing work now extends to an international scale, connecting local artists with emerging first nations acts from across the globe.