Brisbane producer Moss crowned winner of triple j Unearthed’s DIY Supergroup competition
The winner of triple j Unearthed’s DIY Supergroup competition has been announced following hundreds of submissions from artists around Australia.
Moss, a Wadawurrung producer hailing from Brisbane, has taken out the competition for 2021 with his composition ‘SABRE TEETH’, a didgeridoo-infused trap production that invokes the works of acts like TNGHT and What So Not.
The wining track, which Moss produced within 48 hours, prominently incorporates vocals from Genesis Owusu and makes use of samples from Touch Sensitive, Vallis Alps, San Cisco and Alison Wonderland, all of which were included in the DIY Supergroup sample pack for 2021.
Dave Ruby Howe, triple j Unearthed’s music director, described ‘SABRE TEETH’ as being “electrifying from the first listen”.
“His beats go toe-to-toe in intensity with Genesis Owusu’s defiant raps for a dramatic trap song in the vein of RL Grime and Slumberjack. There’s big build ups and bigger breakdowns and an almighty didgeridoo-gone-EDM solo,” Howe said.
Moss made note of SABRE TOOTH’s use of Genesis Owusu’s incendiary vocals, which he said immediately inspired him to make the track.
“The Genesis Owusu vocal stem shares such a powerful message and as an Indigenous person and artist, I wanted to connect and tie in with that to help tell the story with some of my own heritage,” he said.
Other finalists to be recognised in this year’s DIY Supergroup competition included Apricot Ink, Dave Winnel, Sad face and Stellie.