Mardi Gras 2021: Queer Perspectives on Out of the Box

In the lead up to Mardi Gras 2021, Mia Hull sat down with five superstars from the Sydney LGBTQIA+ community to chat about their lives and the songs that soundtracked the big moments. 

Hamilton Leithauser on Jack Off with Jack Shit

A day after restrictions in NSW first eased slightly earlier in 2020, Jack Shit spoke to Hamilton Leithauser as he isolated with his family at his parents’ farm in Virginia.

Malian music pioneer Moussa Diakité

Malian music pioneer Moussa Diakité looks to Australia’s First Nations Peoples with new album

Infusing an amalgamation of West African music styles with blues, jazz and Cuban music, Diakité’s sunshiny guitar licks bring an ultra-cool ‘Afro-groove’ to the world of music.

Combatting discrimination and amplifying queer voices: JamarzOnMarz on Up For It

From campaigning to stop school discrimination against Afro hair textures to auditioning for the Mardi Gras stage, JamarzOnMarz is on the up.

Feature image of South Sudanese musician, Ajak Kwai

Of Women, Cows and War – Ajak Kwai shares her experiences as a South Sudanese refugee

From speaking very little to recording albums in three languages and hosting a show on Melbourne community radio, Ajak Kwai has thrived in the face of adversity.

Staying prepared, community care & hard rap sh*t: Tasman Keith on Race Matters

The rapper & proud Gumbaynggirr man spends time with Sara Khan during NAIDOC Week ruminating on how he came to be and where he wants to go.

Kieren Karritpul

Kieren Karritpul on expressing culture through fabric

The Backchat team speaks to Ngeni’g Wummiri artist Kieren Karritpul – recipient of a 2020 National Indigenous Fashion Award.

Kodie Bedford

Kodie Bedford on storytelling in performance

During NAIDOC Week, Backchat chatted with Jaru playwright Kodie Bedford about incorporating family, grief and comedy into her work.

Rapper JK-47 on his recipe for change

“Go out there and learn. Keep your ears open. Be quick to hear, but slow to speak.”

Will Toledo of Car Seat Headrest talks influences, evolution and keeping his options open

The Car Seat Headrest blueprint to making a record in a post-genre world.