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Jhindu hails from Cairns, where he grew up playing in pubs with the Medics. Treading country/folk waters with a touch of alt rock, his own songs tell stories of his experience and point of view as a young Aboriginal man growing up in an ever-changing world.
Jhindu is one of our Seedlings BlakBeat artists for 2019. The Seedling program focuses on the creative development process, enabling artists and creatives the space to explore, seed new ideas, and challenge forms of expression.
Tell us about your journey into your practice. What got you started?
I started playing music seriously in high school, in band competitions, outer school performances, even pub gigs. However, my journey didn’t originate from there. Since I was able to walk and hit pots and pans, I was taken on tour with my Dad’s band, Coloured Stone. We would go from town to town while dad would play shows. This was the very start of my journey, being immersed, surrounded by music growing up. I have since gone on to form many bands like the Medics, touring the country, playing mainstream festivals and winning some accolades.
How does your culture have an impact on how and why you develop work?
Culture is a foundation for myself when it comes to creating and anything I do. Being a part of something, knowing where you come from and the importance of family, really grounds and prepares you for anything in life.
How important do you think the role of contemporary creatives is in continuing the tradition of storytelling? Why?
Storytelling has always been important in my family. From listening to stories from my home land to stories of family across the desert. It is a tradition that we haven’t lost and still continues today. I believe being a contemporary indigenous artist now shapes the stories my children’s children will hear in the future.
We pay our respects to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ancestors of this land, their spirits and their legacy. The foundations laid by these ancestors - our First Nations Peoples - gives strength, inspiration and courage to current and future generations, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, towards creating a better Queensland. Queensland Government’s RAP Acknowledgment of Country