James Mangohig

“i really believe in community revolution”

James Mangohig is an ARIA nominated producer, as well as a bassist among many other things, from Darwin, Australia. BIOImage result for james mangohig

we talk about:

  • being tired of the happy ending narrative
  • nature vs nurture
  • in between two – show
  • Sietta – band
  • the limits of access to gear in Darwin
  • skinny fish music
  • nooka
  • putting energy in ones home town
  • why Darwin?
  • looking to america and europe
  • asian-australian playing rock and hiphop music within indigenous contexts
  • philipino’s as islanders rather than asians
  • developing relationships through working with community
  • music being adopted by mulitple cultures
  • the natural musicianship in the bush – “the way people can argue in the bush” JM
  • the sound of records
  • “lots of people feel ownership of hiphop now” JM
  • the first person of colour i saw on stage was Quan from Regurgitator
  • having a muslim looking beard
  • working at Tivendale school inside Dondale prison
  • international quality standards
  • living in darwin and having a perspective on quality
  • how to hustle with integrity – having true relationships with people
  • race and gender in hiphop and writing/rapping about ones individual struggle
  • “i think the nurturing and development can happen here in australia” JM
  • being represented and feeling safe
  • Dr G Yunupingu and his legacy and intricacy of traditional music
  • Djalu music film
  • AB Original





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Matt Cornell is based in the Asia-Pacific region and grew up in Darwin, on Larrakia land. He works through dance, choreography, sound, photography, and discussion to question the arbitrary configuration of systems, and is passionate about overcoming cognitive bias... to ask better questions… to dissolve malignant social narratives.

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