For our regular Future Is Now column we profile the hottest artists who are climbing the charts, breaking the Internet or just dominating our office stereos.
SOUNDS LIKE: Filthy and fun party rap delivered by a trash-talking diva with a personality even bigger than her booming bass drops.
FOR FANS OF: Azealia Banks, Dai Burger, 2 Live Crew
WHY YOU SHOULD PAY ATTENTION: Born and raised in Brisbane by her Dutch mother (her father is Samoan), Sian "Miss Blanks" Vandermuelen was fed a steady diet of hip-hop, R'n'B, soul and dancehall as a child. She began rapping as a teen "as a tool to make fun of people who made fun of me". ("OK, I say ‘made fun of me', but I was a shithead kid, I was a complete hooligan," she adds with an uproarious laugh.) A little over a year ago Vandermuelen was coerced into performing at a friend's club night, an appearance that drew the attention of several producers and led to the creation of two singles that gained Triple J play. Now signed to producer Moonbase's Trench Records, and with a new EP, Diary of a Thotaholic, to her name (co-produced by Moonbase, tomtom and Dugong Jr), Vandermuelen is gearing up for a slot on the 2018 Laneway Festival. "While 2017 was fun and cute," she says, "2018 is all about making it my bitch."
SHE SAYS: "I was chatting with the Laneway organisers, and they were saying that I'm the first trans woman of colour they've ever had on the bill. I think it's important, culture-shifting stuff. While I'm excited to be doing it, I'm more excited that I get to bring all of my friends and family with me on tour. From my DJ to wardrobe to hair and make-up, they're people of colour, they're women, they're people from the LGBT community. An integral part of my music from the beginning has been not only providing support for my communities, but providing pathways. I need to make sure I'm bringing up my community through the music I'm creating. Otherwise I'm gonna be that shitcunt [laughs] who doesn't recognise that if it wasn't for my community, I wouldn't be here. It's about providing protection and support and elevation."
HEAR FOR YOURSELF: The fierce, attitude packed "Skinny Bitches".
Photo credit: Savannah van der Niet.