Next Big Thing

Getting in on the ground floor has always been our jam. These six Sydney up ’n’ comers are right on the cusp and we’re crowd-sourcing our crystal ball work, asking you to help us predict who’ll be hitting the big time next. Let us know which of these “only a matter of time” type of acts is the “only a matter of time”-est of them all.

 

Skenzo

South-west Sydney emcee Skenzo has well and truly burst onto the scene in 2021. Releasing three consecutive singles ‘Dat Side’, ‘Dangerous’, and now ‘Zoom’, Skenzo is carving out a unique space in Sydney’s thriving drill scene. His sound spans both local and distant shores – drawing influence from UK drill stylings while also nodding to fellow African-Australian artists like Manu Crooks and B Wise. With an impressive work ethic, confident bars and huge community pride, Skenzo is absolutely one to watch.

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Mi-kaisha

Mi-kaisha is an musician nurtured by the local scene. With a childhood spent listening to her father’s hip-hop show on Koori Radio and soulful 90s tunes, Mi-kaisha was destined to be an artist. Her 2021 single ‘Brand New’ is her first original release in two years. On it, she combines gospel, hip hop, and R&B elements, creating a cohesive track that represents the artist she is growing into. Hard-hitting lyricism paired with blissful instrumentation has seen her music draw attention to politics and the hardships associated with being an Aboriginal and Tongan woman in this country – but also, above all, the power in that. 

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JamarzOnMarz

22-year-old JamarzOnMarz (James Emmanuel) is a rapper and saxophonist of Kenyan and Sri Lankan-Tamil heritage from NSW’s Central West. Growing up as a kid of colour in a regional community, James turned to music as a form of expression, producing a style of hip hop influenced by Afrobeats, soul and trap. From booking pub gigs in Sydney during his final year of high school to performing as a part of Solange’s band during her 2018 tour, he’s been moving forward in leaps and bounds. JamarzonMarz is a force, and is truly coming into his own as an artist and advocate for the queer community and for his culture. 

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GLO

Previously known for her work as a dancer, choreographer and movement director, GLO has now made her voice heard as an R&B artist. She released her debut single ‘Self Love’ with best friend Saskia Powell back in 2019, and it made waves here at FBi – it was our second most played song of the year. We can’t get enough of her 2020 single ‘Transmute’ either. Characterised by dreamy keys and melodic hooks, GLO is set to continue her meteoric rise with a debut EP dropping soon.

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Babitha

Babitha is the debut musical project of Sydney-based artist Imogen Grist. Raised in NSW’s Central West, the folk singer-songwriter produces alt-country ballads that speak to a childhood nurtured by the music of Neil Young, Creedence, and Fleetwood Mac. On her debut EP Through The Light, released in early 2021, Babitha marries themes of escapism and heartbreak with melancholic melodies that evoke a sense of nostalgia for both times and music gone by. She’s influenced by the past, but Babitha is absolutely one to watch for the future.

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700 Feel

700 Feel have brought a unique melting pot of genre and sound to the Sydney music scene with their debut self-titled album. Comprised of Jonny Hawkins and Juan Villamor aka Jonny Reebok and Myspace Juan, the duo merge elements of UK garage, hip hop, dub, house and jazz to create a subversive and polished brand of electronica. While being influenced by London, Chicago, Kingston and Bristol, 700 Feel is ultimately a product of Western Sydney. Their music pays homage to a community built upon the sharing of ideas, influences and cultures. We can’t wait to see what’s next.

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