Moss discusses the five Indigenous artists that have inspired his artistry
After being crowned the champion of triple J Unearthed’s 2021 DIY Supergroup, Meanjin/Brisbane based Indigenous producer Moss has released ‘SABRE TEETH’ featuring the one and only Genesis Owusu. Initially released as a remix for the competition, Genesis Owusu is now fully onboard as an official feature on the track.
The bass jacked single features samples from Touch Sensitive, San Cisco, Vallis Alps, Alison Wonderland and of course hard hitting vocals from Genesis Owusu. The track ebbs and flows in energy, combining immense breakdowns with a high energy, distinctively unique didgeridoo-infused bass drop. He elevates Genesis Owusu’s verse with his high tier production, a dramatic and all enveloping lesson in big room EDM.
On the response to ‘SABRE TEETH’, Moss said, “The response to SABRE TEETH so far has been mind blowing. From the Triple J text line to Instagram comments, everyone has shown such love for the track. Genesis Owusu’s vocals hit with such a powerful message and I wanted to connect that with my Indigenous heritage. I’m so glad everyone who’s listening is also connecting with that too.”
In order to get a better grasp on the producer, we chat through the top five Indigenous artists that have influenced his own artistry, from musical influences to visual influences.
JK-47 has been crushing every release for a minute now. The messages he sends in his verses and performances about Indigenous issues really hit hard. Listening to a lot of his music really drove me in using my heritage in SABRE TEETH to back up Genesis Owusu’s vocals about racism. I remember seeing JK perform late last year and somehow walked away an even bigger fan! He’s definitely someone I would like to cook up a track with someday.
Gurrumul Yunupingu was a big part of my Indigenous musical education. Mum would always be playing his music around the house daily and amongst the playlists his songs were our favourites. His influence definitely widened my scope creatively and sonically throughout my songs. ‘Wiyathul’ will honestly always hold a special place in my heart.
Dylan is a visual artist who has created incredible artworks for some time. He shares a lot about his heritage and also Pride, challenging a lot that he and his mob have been faced with. He has a unique art style blending contemporary characters with traditional culture which I resonate with a lot. I have so much respect for his art and every day I’m inspired by a print of his I have on my wall. Dylan is pushing a new wave in his own lane and I’m all for it.
The Kid Laroi
I’ve been following The Kid LAROI since his days in Unearthed High and he’s gone from strength to strength since. From Juice WRLD to performing on SNL with Miley, he’s made such a massive name for himself with good music. The Kamilaroi man is pushing the new waves of popular music on a global stage and it’s so sick to see. Can’t wait to hear what comes next, especially some of the new collaborations that have been teased.
My MUM. Carol is a Wadawurrung artist known for making and sharing amazing possum skin cloaks. She’s been around the world in recent years for her art and inspires me so much in my own practice. All of my work revolves around visuals and a lot of that I think I learnt from her. She influenced me to think outside the box creatively and weave deeper meanings within my work. Thanks Mum ily <3
Words by PARRY TRITSINIOTIS