Jalmar chats his debut single, ‘Mijo Rico’, utilising rap music and his musical goals
Jalmar is a new artist you need to keep your eyes on in the Australian hip hop space. Naarm/Melbourne-raised in a Chilean family, the rapper and singer songwriter fuses elements of rap, hip-hop backbeats and Reggaeton rhythms to convey personal stories. It’s with his voice he reflects on his family’s culture, one of refugee background from Santiago, and his journeys back to South America which have heavily shaped his perspective as an artist.
With years of practice under his belt, Jalmar released his debut single, ‘Mijo Rico’ a defiant, trap booming rap cut featuring an incredibly powerful and confident vocal delivery. Hard hitting word play combines with joyous and witty bars above Younique’s rampaging bass jacked beat. While the Latin sonic influence is evident, the track equally balances the influence of Australian hip-hop, marking his very grand entrance into the already highly competitive local rap landscape.
Jalmar says of the track: “Younique and I never really have a perfect formula to come up with a song, majority of the time our music is unplanned. When it comes to ‘Mijo Rico’ Younique hit me up and said ‘Bro sus this beat I made’ I honestly didn’t think much of it at the time and I didnt know how to approach it. Anyway, couple weeks go by and we are enjoying the herbal essence in the air and Younique says ‘I want you to freestyle to beat I made?’ I hesitantly said ‘okay’ and freestyled the melody for the whole song. Younique was hype! So when I went back to his studio, added words to it and laid the whole track the next day. We refined it a couple times after that and didn’t honestly think it was a single until everyone we showed gave us wavy reactions!”
To get to know the track and the artist better, we had a quick chat to the up and coming rapper.
Who are you and where are you from?
I’m Jalmar, a Latin trap and reggaeton artist. I’m from Dandenong which is South East of Melbourne Victoria. Although I have Chilean culture in my blood, both my parents were born there.
When did you realise music was your passion and something you wanted to pursue?
When I saw the impact of what music does to people. It can change a listener’s mood and help them get through tough times. I knew from that moment I was meant to spread my music globally.
What impact do you want your music to have on a listener?
To empower listeners to follow their path and feel a sense of confidence within their day to day lives. A Jalmar track can create many emotions but most importantly, I want it to lift people up!
What makes rap music and its surrounding genres the best way to tell your story?
It’s the best way I can showcase my vocals and bring the energy/passion that burns deep inside me.
What are you most excited about looking forward to for the rest of this year?
Watching how big of a wave this Latino infused music can make. We make colourful music in cold times so we ready to see it bring the heat!
Words by PARRY TRITSINIOTIS
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