To add to the empowering list of female artists coming out of Newcastle & playing at Darby Street Live, is the lady with one epic fro & plenty of fire, Jacquie Lomas, who plans on bringing a whole lotta heat to her set on the 24th. Y'all better be prepared ! 🔥
Still fighting the fight, as wom*n do in the Newy music industry (and everywhere else), Jacquie is one that speaks volumes with her lyrics and unapologetically lives life with a very 'no-nonsense, no B.S.' attitude.
With no plans of backing down anytime soon, Lomas is one of the many wom*n taking a stand and proving that the ladies can f***king do it too. Lomas acts as an empowering figure with an important message for all wom*n and it's one that we need more than ever right now.
Jacquie’s latest E.P, 'Cognitive Dissonance' (which released on the 30th of December, '17), takes 'cognitive dissonance', something that is usually negatively connoted, into something that can be positive & self-assuring.
As a bi-racial woman, Jacquie uses this album as her way of exploring and peeling back the positive and negative aspects of oneself, revealing her true-self to audiences in hope that, you too, may feel comfortable to accept and love all aspects of yourself. Now that is one hell of a message! 💕💪🏽
Playing alongside other hip-hop/rap legends from Newcastle, you will find Jacquie and her "unfiltered & unapologetic" set from 6pm at the Leonards Jewellers Laneway, where she will treat you to her latest E.P with all the fire she has in her belly. 🔥
Ahead of the big day, which is not too far away now, we got to speak to Jacquie and hear all about her music, her favourite things about Newy and some things that need to change going forward. The full interview can be found below...
How would you describe your music? Try 5 words or less, if you’re feeling creative.
Emotional, eclectic, raw, unfiltered and unapologetic.
What can people expect from your performance at Darby Street Live?
Rapping, singing, a little bit of swearing. You’re going to get a thousand words a minute thrown at you and for people not a custom to hip-hop, this can sometimes be overwhelming to the senses. I tend to get quite hyped up and energetic and over time I’ve learned to best harness that energy, so it’s like a controlled demolition.
Who’s your favourite local music artist & why?
Brien McVernon because he used to be my music teacher all throughout high school and watching him over the years has been a constant inspiration to me. He is such an amazing musician and person, he inspires me to keep going and growing no matter what.
What do you love about Newy’s music scene?
I love the diversity, but sometimes feel like hip-hop is considered the Newy music scene’s mentally ill sibling they don’t like to talk to very much. I’ve approached venues like the Lass O’ Gowrie Hotel in the past and flat out been refused, as in once they hear the word hip-hop, refused to even talk to me, even when I’d performed there in the past with absolutely no issues. It’s experiences like that that really make you feel unwanted and like an outsider. What's the go, Lass O' Gowrie ?
What is your favourite thing about Newy - what would you recommend to the tourists out there?
The beaches, it’s pretty obvious, but you can’t go past them. So many good beaches to choose from. I also love places like Fort Scratchley and Glen Rock Lagoon, where Newcastle’s military and industrial history and natural beauty merge in stark yet beautiful contrast with each other.
When and where can we catch you for Darby Street Live?
Saturday 24th March 2018, 6pm at Leonard’s Jewellers Laneway. 💕
There you have it! To check out more about Jacquie Lomas, you can find gig updates, new music and other goodies on her website or social links below. Meanwhile, I recommend you check out her incredible E.P., 'Cognitive Dissonance' on Spotify and catch this "controlled demolition" do her thing at Darby Street Live on the 24th!