OUT NOW VIA NLV RECORDS + EAST COAST TOUR THIS APRIL
|PRAISE FOR BIG SKEEZ|
“Big Skeez’s wavy, mellow and smooth releases are forcing the Australian music guard
to take notice. We won’t be shocked when he achieves this and more”
“A melting pot of style, resulting in a party-ready anthem”
“A thrilling ode to culture”
Life Without Andy
“They break down cultural barriers with their collaborations”
“An absolute moment”
Rising afro swing vocalist Big Skeez ushers in 2022 with his latest offering, ‘Bang‘, out today via NLV Records. LISTEN + WATCH HERE.
Through ‘Bang‘, Big Skeez continues to conquer new frontiers of sound. Looming through smooth, deep in the mix bass and sub, ‘Bang’ bridges his melodic afrobeat sound with soft and sensual RNB. Vocally, the release sees Skeez sing in a higher register than before, experimenting with autotune – here he trades the bright kineticism of ‘No Trace‘, ‘Where Yuh From‘ and ‘Up‘, for a darker club mystique. With frequent collaborator Swick (Capo Lee, Big Zuu, Kamakaze, Merky Ace, Tkay Maidza) returning to the production fold, the two illustrate Skeez‘s ability to foreshadow the path of afro-beat giants like Wizkid and Popcaan, with the enduring nostalgia of The Neptunes and Timbaland.
In his own words, Big Skeez shares “The song Bang is about expressing your confidence in whatever you do and letting people know that you’re the shit! Never listening to what anyone says and owning up and shining! The vibe of the song is chill, sexy and groovy and at the same time makes you wanna dance your ass off or could be somewhere in the club.”
Following his breakthrough in 2021, Big Skeez continues to excel – be it finding fans and support across tastemakers triple j and Unearthed, FBi Radio, Acclaim, Life Without Andy and others, including Spotify‘s A1 Hip Hop, The Flavour, Hybrid and Local Hype, alongside Apple Music‘s Fresh Finds, The New Australia and The Dotty Show amongst others. His features in Vogue Australia‘s Sound of Now and GQ Magazine‘s recent Dior B30 sneaker campaign affirm Big Skeez‘s position as an ascendant figure in the local scene and member of the nation’s next generation of artists, praised for his ability to support and uplift likewise African-Australian kids to reach into the rich histories and legacies of their cultures; shining a light on the triumphs of Dharawal Land / Western Sydney and encourage his peers to set triumphant examples of their own making.
Big Skeez‘s music is in constant conversation with his roots, whether they lay in Africa or in Dharawal Land / Western Sydney. This proud sense of being simultaneously from and for a community still pulses tangibly through every aspect of his music, offering a decidedly different light to the surfeit of music that is currently emanating from his hometown. With a childhood deeply immersed in the sounds of Africa, Afrobeat, Dancehall, Reggae and R&B, studied from his parents and “borrowed” from older siblings; the result is a wavy, melodically-driven Afro Swing iteration entirely his own, livelier, more vibrant and upbeat, standing alongside global stars J Hus, Pa Salieu, Burna Boy and others.
Following his recent live show debut for Phoenix HALO, Big Skeez has also announced a string of tour dates around the country’s East Coast this April. For all tour routing info + ticket links, see BELOW.
‘Bang‘ is out now via NLV Records, buy/stream it here.
Thu 28 Apr – Mary’s Underground w/ Kota Banks – Eora / Sydney
Thu 9 Jun- Acclaim x Gum Records x Jackson St present Link Up w/ 3K, Agung Mango, Gold Fang, Secret Headliners, Mulalo, + more @Glass Island – Eora / Sydney
|ABOUT BIG SKEEZ|
Artists often seem to us finished products; they’re praised for the clarity of their artistic vision and for appearing “fully-formed”, as if either of those things occurred in some sort of vacuum; promotional cycles are meticulously curated, images carefully cultivated. But as the music of Sydney artist, producer and engineer Big Skeez shows, tracing the backstory is important. His journey, stretching back generations and running across continents to culminate in his art, is fundamental to where he is now. Though he may have started out with humble ambitions in mind, Big Skeez’s career has, to date, charted a very different trajectory, promptly outgrowing those modest beginnings. Independently releasing music since 2016, Skeez would go on to make his debut on The Area Movement (Hooligan Hefs, Hp Boyz, Jaecy) with his 2019 single ‘Madness’ before signing with NLV Records in early 2021. In between, years of consistent output, steady, patient creative toiling and collaborations with the likes of Korky Buchek, A.GIRL, FOURA and Swick have garnered support from triple j, triple j Unearthed, FBi Radio, Acclaim, Life Without Andy and more.