BIGSOUND logoBIGSOUND – Australia’s festival/conference knees-up to celebrate the best in new, homegrown music – will be upon us in QLD’s Fortitude Valley from September 3-6, 2019. In the lead-up, we’re putting a few questions to the most promising names who’ll be performing. Click here to see more chats with the acts we think will own this year’s BIGSOUND!


Yorta Yorta man DRMNGNOW weaves rhythmic explorations of Indigenous issues into his gorgeously warm, patient, experimental hip hop beats.

What sets your music apart?

My project is rooted in a very direct way to my ancestral responsibility as a First Nations person, but is also equal parts sonically explorative and genre-pushing, and aims for the realms of transcendent sound stylings particularly in a live setting. That isn’t necessarily something people expect.

Which movie scene would your latest single suit?

I’m referencing my B-side on my 7” inch vinyl I released recently, Always Remember. Any film where First Nations people are painted in a beautiful light. Charlie’s Country and his beautiful intrinsic unshakeable connection to sacred ways of culture is one example that really resonates.

Give us your best useless fact – about yourself, or the world.

The first song I wrote included a harmonica lead part.

What can we expect from you at BIGSOUND?

Energy, raw emotion, truth-telling, and a beautiful line-up that I’m grateful to share stages with ft. my incredible sisters Kee’ahn, Bumpy (Squid Nebula) and brother Paul Gorrie. 100 percent gratefulness to be on the sacred land of the local custodians on which BIGSOUND is situated.

Which BIGSOUND acts are you looking forward to seeing?

Electric Fields, Sycco, Rebecca Hatch, Mambali, Miiesha, Snotty Nose Rez Kids and all First Nations acts.

What should we look out for on your post-BIGSOUND horizon?

My debut album early into the year 2020, and bigger things in all regards. Stay tuned!

DRMNGNOW plays the official BIGSOUND Welcome Party on Tues Sep 3, The Valley Drive In later that night, and Ric’s Big Backyard on Thurs Sep 5.

Wanna see more chats with the raw talents we think will own this year’s BIGSOUND? Click here for our curated Q&As.