RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW AUSTRALIAN ARTIST MUNGMUNG
Hiya thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.
What made you decide that music is a thing for you?
I’ve always loved singing and had random melodic as well as lyrical ideas growing up. The turning point for me was when I wrote my first complete song at 13/14 years old. Once I started creating art, my relationship with music changed. It was an ‘Oh shit, I wanna do this is for REAL REAL’ moment!
Introduce yourself and your musical history.
I’m MUNGMUNG! Grateful to be here!! I’m a Hip Hop, RnB, Soul and Pop head. Shoutout to Asian parent culture – My mum had me doing piano, dance, drama and singing lessons (not all at once haha) but throughout my childhood. I am fortunate to have had a supportive and nurturing environment when it came to my creative interests. Although most of this was classical/pop tinged…I always naturally liked phat ass beats. No one in my family listened to Hip Hop. It was like natural instinct then at some point in primary school, I jumped down that rabbit hole after watching Eminem on MTV.
What was life like for you before music?
I’ve always surrounded myself with creativity. I don’t really know life without music and I’d like to keep it this way!
What was the first song you heard that steered you into a music path?
Cleanin’ Out My Closet by Eminem. The whole ‘The Eminem Show’ LP was everything to me. Even now, whenever I feel writer’s block, I will just go back to listen to Em and immediately I am struck with inspiration.
Where do you feel you currently sit within the music industry?
I’m not sure, but I know I’d love to keep doing it for the art. Anyone who happens to like my stuff and wants to jump on the bandwagon in supporting me is ill! I have never really had thoughts of climbing up the ladder or the accolades. I make art for selfish reasons.
What’s the biggest thing you have learned from someone else in the industry?
I have made some dope friends along my journey and they’ve all taught me different things on a personal to a professional or technical level. For example, all my crew – Shoutout my mum, Jordan, Ilgin, Sophie, Hazel and Michael remind me that it takes a solid team to pull through on bigger scale projects like visuals. My mentors and managers, Renee and T taught me the foundation of performance and songwriting as well as truly believing in oneself. My peers who I now call dear friends such as, Taka, BOY SODA, Pokari, Chelsea, and Billy Davis taught me little technical tricks in sessions that I take with me everywhere and I am blown away by their work ethic. With all this inspiration and aspiration, I get to better myself.
Tell us Two truths and a lie about you.
My favourite tone is black. Once when I was 16, a random guy on the street came up to me and measured my head. I am an avid lip gloss hoarder.
If you could wish for one thing to aid your career what would it be?
I am grateful for everything and I try to avoid wishful thinking. Perhaps I’ll say, I hope to find more and more people to connect with, people who feel something and resonate with the things I create, whether it’s music or fashion items. YELLOWGIRLGANG, where you at?!
Do you ever worry about people taking things the wrong way or cancel culture? Discuss….
It’s human nature. Although, I live by just being myself and not hurting others. One can do something and get scrutinised, or one can not do something but also be torn to shreds. I’ll just do me and do right by me. I’ll continually try my best to be well-informed, considerate and understanding. One can’t control how others may react, but one can control their speech and actions. I’ll just continually uphold the ethics and morals I value with an open heart and ears.
Do you sign up for any conspiracy theories? If not why not?
Haha! I will just live in the moment! However, if we all wake up in sleeping pods (It’s giving Neo, Matrix, hello?), then I wouldn’t be surprised. Just happy to be here and enjoy things like love, art, fashion, music and cake, y’all!
What was the worst experience on stage?
Every experience has value! Maybe the little hiccups keep me up at night, for example, if I couldn’t really hear the track and my pitch gets out of whack or when there are technical issues where the power drops out. Thanks to all my mentors, making it work has become like second nature to me. I’m out here stalling!
Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about.
I recently discovered I could hit whistle tones. Shit is craaaaazy! I was surprised…I AM surprised! Who is she?!
What makes you stand out as an artist?
I have no clue…Maybe I’ll just list things I have come to appreciate about myself as an artist haha! Perhaps my honesty, lil tongue-in-cheek moments and boujee-baddie-ness. As I should!
I hear you have new music, what can you tell us about it.
I recently dropped my debut album, ‘Boujee Bby’ A collection of songs that serve as a PSA for being cute, colorful and a bad bitch. There are songs on there that I wrote when I was 16 to newer tracks made with some friends I made in the last two years; Taka, BOY SODA and 1300.A collection of songs that tell a sonic story of daydreaming, late-blooming, romance, heartbreak, self-doubt, self worth and most importantly bibbity bobbity boujee bitchery.
What was the recording process like?
It was fun AF! Being able to play with different flows, ad libs, melodies and stacking was fun! I was often at T’s studio, The Nest and Pokari’s home studio. We always chowing down on some good food whilst boppin’.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?
Feeling my growth and development in real-time as I compared current tracks with the OG ones. Certain tracks like ‘Internet Friends still hold so much meaning and relevance to today. It’s super dope and lowkey creepy but it shows the importance of art-making. We’re documenting moments in time, relating shared experiences.
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
Not one thing. ‘Boujee Bby’ is perfect with a pink bow tied around it.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
Be kind to yourself and those around you. Cherish every moment and all your loved ones. Stay safe and stay Boujee. Wow I sound like Confucious… We are on some Boujee Proverbs!