Better known to his mum as Curtis Kennedy, the Wiradjuri creative recently relocated to Sydney to pursue music as a career, and it's a move that's been paying big dividends to the prodigious songwriter; he turned heads as part of the recent Unearthed High competition and was named as one of the digital station's 10 Artists To Watch for 2016.

That nascent notoriety has served him in good stead, steering him through the release of an acclaimed debut EP and picking up support spots for the likes of Allday, Sophie Lowe and Banks on the way to being named as this 2016's Unearthed NIMAs champion. Recent single and second-EP cut Home (ft. New York up-and-comer Ben Alessi) has only further added to the considerable buzz swirling around the young producer, but he's not letting the success go to his head, describing himself on social media as "humbled" by the NIMAs decision. "I honestly can't thank you all enough for the amazing support you've all been giving me on this record and tour,

Kuren Interview

How did you develop your sound?
My music is definitely something that comes from the heart. And the sound is just a bunch of stuff derived from the influences I've had over the years. As I was just getting into music I listened to lots of different stuff. And I feel that has taken its toll on my sound. But I wanna make music people can party to and also chill out to.

What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Definitely have to be from personal experiences or some type of point I want to get across. But if ever I am lacking inspiration, I just work my way back through the roots. I put on some old music I used to listen to or make. Old school Ta-ku helps haha.

What can punters expect from a Kuren live show?
I love to get the place vibing. I don't really like trap music so I'll play lots of emotional future bass and always get my own stuff in there. LOTS of unreleased music for when I'm touring.

What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from?
'No matter what you do, you're always gonna have a market that is going to gravitate and love it. - Ta-ku
There is another my mum tells me. 'Always be humble and remember where you have come from'. I remember that everyday.

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Narly - Are You Okay. Love that song. Its amazing.

What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
I don't wish to make people cry but it would have to be 'We Were In-Love' by Ta-ku. I've cried many times to that record.

You're the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Enschway & Luude - Timezone. Such a banger of a track! Shoutout to those homies.

What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Jess Kent played at Bondi Rd. Was absolutely amazing. She looked at me in the crowd and Im pretty sure it was love at first sight. She is such an incredible talent and performer.

Tell us about the bands or people in the Indigenous music community that inspire you.
100% would have to be Philly & Briggs. I would love to have the opportunity to work with Philly sometime.

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Last Month's Talent

Miss Hood

Miss Hood

Miss Hood is a strong Aboriginal Kunai and Gunditjmara woman from the eastern and western districts of Victoria. She has been in the hip hop and urban rap seen for the past 10 years starting song writing and composing music at the age of seventeen.

She considers her music as a way of reaching out to her people and showing them anything is possible when you follower your dreams. Meriki also met her best friend and father of her beautiful daughter Lyrik while performing on stage in 2003.

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