Though he wouldn’t describe his music as ‘ambient’ per se, Melbourne’s Japanese Wallpaper (born Gab Strum) has the kind of music that could pacify a ferocious lion. Soothing vocals accent a production style that is just as unique as it is cohesive and flowing. His visual branding is equally fitting, featuring calming brushstrokes of rich pastels and deep primaries. With music like a dreamscape for the inner-self, JW is more than just your average hypnotic electro-pop musician.
In 2014 at the age of 17, the multi-instrumentalist won Triple J’s Unearthed High competition where he got flown out to the Triple J studios in Sydney to record a single and subsequently curate a concert at his high school with Australian hip-hop artist Seth Sentry. Since then, he’s release a debut eponymous EP, had his music featured in a film, and played nearly 20 shows before he turned 18. Earlier this year, he reached a pinnacle that most artists have to wait a few years to achieve — touring with a full live band.
With all of this under his belt in only a couple of years, one can only imagine what’s left in store for these young, exceedingly talented artist.