On Saturday 19-year-old musician and producer Ninajirachi will step onto the stage of FOMO Festival, alongside many artists who have inspired her, and perform to perhaps the biggest audience in her career.
FOMO Festival is a one day, one stage music festival designed by music lovers for music lovers. It is for this exact reason that Nina explained to us that she is so excited about this opportunity.
“They [FOMO Festival] have the freshest lineup every year… It’s like they can predict which artists will be cool, so if they think I’m good enough to be on the lineup then that’s a massive compliment.”
Ninajirachi embodies this ethos of fresh, new, future stars. At just 19 Nina has already been a finalist in Triple J’s Unearthed competition twice. An accolade which came completely out of the blue the first time.
“That was really crazy. The first one especially,” recalled Nina before continuing, “By the second year I’d had some radio play and people knew my music a little bit. The first time though I had nothing, I was just putting beats on Soundcloud, so it was really unexpected.”
Off the back of the exposure, Unearthed provided Nina has been able to play on a few different festivals, such as Splendour In The Grass. But FOMO was always one she specifically wanted.
“I’ve wanted to go to FOMO every year, but for the last two years the Sydney date has clashed with my Dad’s birthday. This year I can kind of get out of it though by saying ‘Dad I’m working’ which is kind of funny.”
Being selected to perform at FOMO is not just special because now Nina can finally attend but it also places her alongside artists who have inspired her. In particular Nina is excited to see Madeon perform live.
“He’s an artist that actually got me deeper into producing. He’s one of the reasons I started using FL Studio because I saw that he used it. I’ve literally been so inspired by him since I was 13 years old so I’m really excited to see him live solo.”
Looking ahead to the remainder of 2020 Nina is hoping to release “a lot of new music”, which fans may get a sneak peek at during her FOMO performance.
Jan 11. Parramatta Park, Pitt St &, Macquarie St, Parramatta. $129.90-199.90+b.f. Tickets & Info: www.fomofestival.com.au