Next In Line is a series focusing on Australian artists on the way up.
From Garageband, big things grow, at least that is the case of Ninajrachi, a 18-year-old producer hailing from Sydney who stepped into the music scene this year with a statement of a debut single, ‘Pure Luck’.
With a handful of festival lineups under her belt already such as Listen Out, Ninajirachi is swiftly becoming one of the most talked about artists to arise in 2017, with plenty more to come.
We caught up with her to find out more musically, inspiration wise, and what is on the horizon for 2018.
Stoney Roads: When did you start making music and why?
Ninajirachi: When I was around eight my mum bought an iMac and I spent a lot of time learning to use and making things with GarageBand and iMovie. Much of my childhood was spent this way. By the beginning of high school I began to feel limited by free software and after playing with the demo version of FL Studio for a couple of months, my mum bought it for me for my fourteenth birthday. I guess I started making music out of fascination with my mum’s new computer.
SR: Who are your musical influences? What were/are you listening to?
N: As cliché as it sounds, I listen to a bit of everything. I grew up listening to a lot of pop/dance music and I think that definitely comes through in what I make. Right now I am listening to a lot of ‘experimental pop’ music – perhaps I’m reconciling for my very pretentious fourteen/fifteen year old self who thought pop was super uncool. I’m drawing a lot of inspiration from the PC Music collective, Tyler, the Creator, Kero Kero Bonito, Iglooghost and Charli XCX.
SR: How would you define your sound?
N: Dance, electronic, pop. I struggle to answer these kinds of questions because I worry that I’ll sound reductive or grandiose. Only a fraction of my music is publicly accessible and some of it doesn’t at all reflect what I’m interested in right now. I would hate to present anyone reading this with any preconceived notions of what it sounds like before they hear it.
SR: What are you currently working on?
N: There are a few songs which I want to have finished by the end of the year. Year 12 has definitely stifled my output and I look forward to being able to dedicate much more time to music and other things next year.
SR: What is your view on the Aussie dance music scene right now?
N: I’m not sure my view here is valid because I have always been pretty isolated from the Australian dance music scene. I was underage until a couple of weeks ago and I don’t really go out because of school. That being said, I can’t wait to be going out and experiencing more dance music next year after school is finished.
Be sure to keep an eye on Ninajirachi’s socials for updates for music and coming shows!
For now, give her latest release an ear below.
Check out our previous Next in Line feature with Saatsuma here.