Beachside Stage · 1:15pm
‘Hannah Montana of the rap game’ – it’s the tongue-in-cheek name that Mallrat gave herself early in her career and the best description the then 16-year-old could ascribe the bright, bouncy pop she made, inspired by the likes of her rap heroes Allday, Drake and Kayne.
Fast forward a few years and when you say ‘Mallrat’, you know exactly the sound and vibe we’re talking about. The young artist is perfectly positioned to be Australia’s next big name in pop music and with the release of her second EP In the Sky via Dew Process and Nettwerk last year, stardom seems inevitable.
Her debut EP Uninvited released in 2016 fetched millions of streams and launched her career first via indie incubator Create/Control and nowadays via full-fledged deals with Dew Process in Australia and Nettwerk internationally. Its standout tracks Uninvited and the dreamy jam For Real saw her stocks seriously take off.
Since then she’s played pretty much every Australian festival you can think of – Splendour In The Grass, Falls Festival, The Plot, Listen Out and Beyond The Valley to name a few. Mallrat has also supported some of the biggest names in music including Post Malone, Allday, Peking Duk and Maggie Rogers.
Mallrat’s sparkling single Better has receive widespread praise, garnering write ups from the New York Times, international radio play and millions more streams. The song impressively placed 46th in the 2018 Hottest 100, which perfectly primed the release of UFO featuring her former hero-turned friend and collaborator Allday. The song was added to Triple J instantly and has continued to build since – a surreal moment for Mallrat, as her hero became her equal.