Fremantle singer songwriter and producer, Jarred Wall is a proud Noongar man delivering unique electro pop, however his latest single 'Wrecking Ball' has a stripped back nature that will send shivers down your spine.
Boox Kid has had airplay on 4ZZZ, FBi Radio, RTRfm and TripleJ, TripleJ Unearthed with his debut tracks 'Hold my hand', 'It's Just a Dream, Wake Up', ‘Sentimental Dreams’ and ‘1984’ received placement on Spotify's Deadly Beats Editorial and personalised Spotify editorials playlists. While 'It's Just a Dream, Wake Up' and '1984' were both in the top 100 songs played on RTRfm for 2019/20.
I absolutely love the stripped back essence to this tune, you can feel so much emotion and intent behind the whole body of it. Can you share a little bit with us about your culture and how the community around you has influenced your songwriting?
Absolutely, I am a proud Noongar man, with ties to the Wadandi Bibbulmun area! My mum was born in Collie. She, her sister and brother were all part of the stolen generation and spent a significant period of time at Sister Kates. Dad has European/English ties and is from Meanjin (Brisbane). He actually bought my first guitar when I was fairly young and from then on I taught myself how to play. My family have always been involved in the arts, and my brother was actually in an Acapella group called Aim4More back in the 90's. Watching him sing and learning guitar, always kept a fire burning when I was young. Our family are fairly close, so I think as I have gotten older, I like to write about experiences and connection, whether that be to culture, family or the land.
A BIGsound 50 artist in 2020, Boox Kid is a cross genre performer, starring as Wardong in WA Opera's Koolbardi Wer Wardong (2021/22), written by Gina Williams and Guys Ghouse and sung entirely in Noongar language. Boox Kid was also a part of APRA's RESONATE songwriting and production program in April 2022 at Studios301, collaborating with First Nation artists such as Candica Lorrae (The Merindas), Jem Cassar-Daley and Cloe Terare, with releases looming.
Tell us a little bit more about WA Opera's Koolbardi Wer Wardong. I can only imagine how beautiful this body of work was, what was it about?
So Koolbardi Wer Wardong is a story about Wardong (the Crow) and Koolbardi (Magpie), who are two brothers, their relationship and how it evolves. There is love, loss and a whole gamut of emotions and fun that the show brings. It's been amazing! I didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I have. It's opened up a whole other artform for me and a creative outlet, allowing me to cross genres and explore opera and theatre. One of the biggest things that has surprised me though is my connection to culture and how enriching the experience has been. I'm getting to tour and do what I love in singing but I am also learning my language and sharing ancient stories to such a vast audience. And all the crew involved are amazing. Gina and Guy are incredible and I've made some great friends
What are the lyrics in 'Wrecking Ball' about? 'Slow down sugar, I will make up my mind' sends shivers down my spine.
I wrote this track reflecting on some of the experiences I have had in my life. The song is essentially written about those persons who come into your life and make an impact. I lost one of my closest friends a year ago now and there's elements of the lyric which are about him, but also the impact he had on me and loved ones. I remember when I showed a close friend the track early on, I originally had he and she as the narrative in the lyric, but then we chatted about it, he said 'what do you think about not mentioning gender?' I was like, 'You are absolutely right!' I wanted the song to resonate with everyone and anyone, and to allow people to reflect on their own experiences when they listen to the song, so that's where the idea of using terms of endearment came from.
I can't wait to see what else is in store for your career, can we expect to see more stripped back renditions like 'Wrecking Ball'?
I definitely have a few more stripped back tracks in my vault. There will be a number of releases in 2023, including a few collaborations with other First Nation artists. I was fortunate to be involved in APRA's RESONATE program and collaborate with the likes of Jem Cassar-Daly and Cloe Terare, so there is going to be some really cool stuff to share in 2023.