When I first heard of Badrapper, naturally I wondered ‘’well, is he a bad rapper and just being brutally honest about it?’’.

The answer is no (even though that would’ve had me hook, line and sinker anyway).

No, he’s not bad in any sense of the word, nor is he bad at rapping. In fact, he’s a wildly talented musician making a name for himself in the electronic and hip-hop scene, straight out of Sydney.

Headlining at Festival X in November alongside some of the world’s best (such as Calvin Harris, Steve Aoki and more), we had a quick chat with Badrapper (real name: Jordan Munns) about navigating the Australian music scene and frankly, WTF he’s all about.

 

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How did you start out in music?

I was about 12 or 13 years old and was making beats for fun to go behind hip-hop and rap songs and just kinda’ kept going with it. When I got to about 17/18 I got into heavy bass and I found it motivating learning how to do it all.

With that, who were your biggest influences?

Definitely The Presets and RL Grime. Earlier on when I was really into hip-hop I was all about Kanye, early Kanye. Guccie Mane, you know – pre-prison. And now, Crystal Castles.

What’s your creative process?

I like to channel my emotions in my writing. There’s a lot of nostalgia involved when it comes to making my music – I want to make someone feel something deep. So, channelling my own experiences is where it really comes from.

 

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What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced so far in terms of your music career?

There’s a lot of pressure that comes with being an artist; a lot of pressure to keep it up and stay on-top of your game and deliver time and time again. I’ve had to come up with some strategies to deal with that and overcome that pressure. That’s probably been the biggest challenge.

With Festival X coming in hot, what’re you most looking forward to?

The whole touring process! It’s hectic, but good hectic. I’m excited to rub shoulders with other artists – I think that will spark some inspiration for me. It’s gonna’ be good.

With the line-up of artists at Festival X, who would like to collab’ with?

Oh man! Calvin Harris for sure, Trippie Redd would be sick and I rekon Lil Pump would be epic, too.

 

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What about any artist?

Skrillex, 100%.

What’s your pre-show prep?

A few drinks with close friends to get confident and get rid of any pre-show nerves. I visualise a high-energy performance and get in my head so then I’m ready to deliver the best show I possibly can. But yeah, a few drinks with friends is usually the go.

Green-room must haves?

A polaroid camera! It’s a good way to capture the moment. I love film photos – they bring a different vibe and capture what’s going on so well. I like to remember those types of moments with my close friends and I think with a polaroid, it’s the best way to do it.

To finish-up, we’ve got some quick-fire questions for you:

Favourite food? Sushi
Maccas or Hungry Jacks? Maccas
VB or XXXX? – VB
Ultimate girl crush? Emily Ratajkowski
Man crush? Early Leonardo Dicaprio

Badrapper will be playing at Festival X on 29 November. Also, Sydney friends – you can check out even sooner in lead-up to Sydney’s Festival X at the Metro Theatre on 11 October.

 

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