“Juñor has quickly proven to be one of the most exciting and genuine forces in Australian Hip-Hop…”
Presenter ‘Good Nights’ on Triple J
Since bursting on to the scene in 2015 with a debut project that reached Top 10 on the iTunes charts, Juñor has quickly solidified his position as a pioneer of the global generation of Australian hip-hop. Possessing a resume longer than his iconic dreadlocks, Juñor is regarded as one of the hardest workers in the country – actively operating as a rapper, DJ, producer, engineer, songwriter, media identity and label executive.
2017 was a breakout year for the Melbourne talent, his single ‘Top Flight’ – an international collaboration with LA’s Mann and Chicago producer Nate Fox (Chance The Rapper) was acclaimed across the music landscape, finding itself named alongside Travis Scott & Selena Gomez in Apple Music’s “Best Of The Week” as well as getting spins on Triple J, FBI Radio and Triple J Unearthed.
After touring the record mid-year in a co-headline run of shows with fellow prodigy Kwame, a national support for Lyall Moloney and a slot on Sprung Hip-Hop Festival, Juñor revealed the breathtaking visuals to “Top Flight” featuring a party on board a 747 bound for Hollywood. The clip, co-directed by Juñor himself, was named “Music Video Of The Day” by CLIPPED Music Video Festival, received praise from Complex AU, Acclaim and The Hype Magazine and has been played on Rage on ABC. The video was released alongside a 5-track Remix EP of “Top Flight”, with the Papertoy flip scoring placements in the Spotify curated “New Music Fridays” and “All Aussie Hip-Hop” playlists.
Juñor’s prowess as a DJ exploded in 2017. Having toured the festival circuit with Ivan Ooze for several years and been under the guidance of legendary figures including West Coast radio disc jockey Julio G (Cypress Hill) and DJ Mathematics of Wu–Tang Clan, the young selector has become one of the most in-demand hip-hop DJs locally, bringing in the new year spinning at NYE On The Hill and ending it doing the same at Beyond The Valley – previously spinning at Rolling Stone Live Lodge, Sydney Road Street Party and Melbourne Music Week. Juñor is a staple of the Trill Nightclub family, and also a resident DJ at Laundry Bar and Serendipity Sundays.
Having birthed AUD’$ in late 2016 as a community radio program dedicated to highlighting next generation urban Australian talent, the platform has snowballed into an all-encasing media powerhouse – proclaimed by Triple J the “go-to spot covering radio, visuals and online content.” After taking over the Hip-Hop Show in June and giving a wealth of talent their first national radio spin, Juñor and AUD’$ have become a staple at any hip-hop event in the country, covering everything from the Australian return of 50 Cent to interviewing names including Coolio and Reese LaFlare. In February 2018, AUD’$ curated the runway performances at Ego Expo – Australian’s Largest Streetwear Expo – featuring sets from Remi, Carmouflage Rose, Sophiegrophy and more.
The future is bright for the rising star of Sri Lankan origins whose mixing credits now include a Netflix original soundtrack placement. While 2018 has begun with sell-out shows alongside Genesuis Owusu, including rave reviews by Pilerats and What’s Lively; a placement in the APRA/AMCOS Songhubs program has ignited a fresh wave of writing, evident by a range of feature verses that dropped over the summer.
Stay tuned for a long-awaited EP from Juñor due for release this year.
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