Meet Gamirez, One of Australia's Hardest Working Up & Comers
Brisbane-based rapper and producer Gamirez has been labouring hard and doesn’t plan on stopping with the release of his first official project, W.O.R.K.
Born in Uganda, Gamirez and his South Sudanese parents migrated to Perth before later moving to Brisbane to follow his music career. He received national radio attention in 2017 with his debut track “NaNa” and has since came out with a handful of singles including “U KNXW” and “Grinding”. Now, Gamirez is gearing up to release W.O.R.K, a project he describes as “a summary of my life since moving from Perth, all produced by me.” Though he states it’s definitely a Hip-Hop project, the inspirations behind his upcoming work stretch wider.
“DMX, Lil Wayne and Drake are my idols but I’ve been exploring sounds and Burna Boy and SAINt JHN have really been inspiring me,” Gamirez said.
Gamirez works on 2-3 beats a day and finishes 1-2 songs a week, which you’d think would make it hard to narrow down the W.O.R.K tracklist. However, with a little help from what he describes as “brutally honest cousins” and his own judgement process of 300 listens, the EP consists of five tracks, including his previously released singles, “To The Max” and “Guarantee” featuring Figuero Jones. W.O.R.K is instrumentally fast-paced, dark and moody, layered with his auto-tuned vocals about themes of hard work, motivation and love.
As an up-and-coming artist in the Australian scene, Gamirez feels the turning tide of Australian Hip-Hop, with growing representation in a market slowly becoming less saturated with international stars.
“Social media has definitely made it easier for us to compete and I feel like Australia has one of the best and loyalest audience in the world.” he said.
“The scene is heading towards the right direction, we just need more people – particularly veterans – moving into more business roles.”
Gamirez mentioned the Triple J host of the Hip-Hop Show, Hau Latukefu, as a prime example of this. Similarly, he and his cousin started their own label ‘1 Demerit’ to “help the whole scene grow” and “give the not-so-connected artist a voice in the industry.”
To finish off 2019, Gamirez has announced touring dates in October where he will be performing in Perth, Sydney and Melbourne with a line-up of artists including Figuero Jones, Kae The Goat, Boy $couts Gatsby and more. If that wasn’t enough, Gamirez also hinted at plans to shoot music videos for “To The Max” and “Me and You”.
Gamirez’ W.O.R.K EP is available now on all streaming services and for more information on his upcoming tour, you can visit his website.