“Got my binoculars ready. Safe to say you're going places” - Dorothy Markek, Music Director - Double J
is a rapper, composer, producer and drummer. He proudly identifies as a Filipino and Aboriginal musician, whose family is from Murrawarri and Ngemba lands (Weilmoringle, Brewarrina NSW).
He has performed extensively locally including PARRTJIMA Festival (NT), BIGSOUND (QLD), OzAsia Festival (SA)
and Sydney Opera House
, and internationally in Germany, UK, USA
, as well as, recently performed alongside sister BARKAA for the 2021-22 New Year’s Eve Fireworks.
Recently, he composed all the soundscapes for PARRTJIMA 2021 & 2022 (Alice Springs, NT)
, and composed the music behind Australia’s first 500-strong drones show (Elevate Sydney
June 2022 DOBBY
will premiere WARRANGU; River Story
, in partnership with Vivid Sydney
, a body of work created from his awarded Peter Sculthorpe Fellowship
. (WARRANGU press kit here)
In 2020, DOBBY
took out best video for 'I CAN'T BREATHE'
at the FBi SMAC Awards
. I Can't Breathe has continued to remain the unofficial anthem of Australia’s Bla(c)k Lives Matter movement and used throughout schools in Australia as material alongside curriculum to assist in educating students.
As part of DOBBY
’s (pre-covid) tour, he was labelled as the 2018 "BIGSOUND buzz act" with his live show being described as "mind blowing", "dynamic" & "powerful". As the tour continued internationally, DOBBY was listed by media reviews as one of the top 10 buzz acts to come out of both 2019 The Great Escape, UK, and Reeperbahn Festival in Germany, from a lineup of over 450+ artists!DOBBY
is a multi-instrumentalist who's is increasingly being known for bouncing between piano, drums, & drum pads, with his unique signature ‘drapping’ (rapping & drumming at the same time).
He has completed a BMus at UNSW, and an Indigenous Studies Honours (focusing on Aboriginal Hip Hop music) in 2015 and while he continues to make music and tour the world, he currently holds a 3 year position as the Indigenous Convenor at the ANU School of Music (ACT).
QUOTES“His super smooth (and damn quick) flow simultaneously harkens back to Aussie hip hop or year's gone by, while still feeling fresh”
“DOBBY’s flow and wordplay is so damn good” - Declan Byrne, Home & Hosed - Triple J“DOBBY is a compelling new voice in Australia’s hip hop community”
- OzAsia Festival
Please ensure photo credits are included for all and any use of approved images below.
photo credits: LUKE CURRIE-RICHARDSON
LIVE photo credits: KURT PETERSEN PHOTOGRAPHY