Artists to Watch in 2019: SPORTS
As a lot of creatives with less than optimised names for search engines have found (guilty, I named myself after a damn planet), you have to do things that create a reputation for yourself outside of your searchability. Sydney’s own SPORTS has gone and done just that this year, and is set to rule your Google results page come 2019.
She’s been known as an energetic house DJ in the game for three years now, alongside her extended rep of running genre blending club night SOSUEME (RIP) and rowdy day party Lazy Susan. This year she’s played all across Sydney at nights like Porridge, Poof Doof, Comfy Grrl, and Sunday Service, supported RL GRIME, tore it up at This That Festival, did the same at Lost Paradise over New Years AND started curating a 6 part mix series called “Chair Exercise” for publication Sittin’ Pretty. But that’s not even the half of it.
SPORTS has also become a pillar of the Australian DJ scene and founder of nation wide online communities, particularly for women and gender non conforming folk to have a place to share tips, opportunities and build a platform for them to thrive. She’s also the head of the Aussie chapter of Nap Girls, an international platform created to bring women in the music industry from all over the globe together to share skills and mentor. And we are still not done.
This year saw the release of her debut single! Symbolic of her musical evolution to acidic, breaks heavy selections in her mixes, ‘Professor Bitch’ was a mission statement for everything SPORTS stands for creatively and personally. Sampling an iconic PRINCESS NOKIA sample over languid pads and peppy percussion, the track was her ode to all the boss bitches she champions across her parties, sets and communities and everyone who supports them.
Phwew, what a year. With such a strong ethos of femme empowerment, a drive in building the Sydney scene, and such natural talent in music production after only a year of learning, in 2019 SPORTS is set to prove even further that she really is “an excellent bitch”.
Photo by Self Tape
Words by HOLLY O’NEILL