Japanese Wallpaper wins triple j unearthed

triple J unearthed has a proud history of discovering and nuturing new Aussie music, and the 2014 Unearthed winner has now been announced. It’s Japanese Wallpaper.

Japanese Wallpaper, also known as Gab Strum, is a talented multi-instrumental singer and producer who makes electronic music. He’s also just 17.

A Year 11 student at Leibler Yaveneh College in Melbourne, he’s been praised by the likes of Gotye, Chet Faker, Bertie Blackman, Bombay Bicycle Club and Hollywood actor/director Zac Braff who used Strum’s track Breathe In in his latest film Wish I Was Here.

He posted the following status update on his Facebook page shortly after his win:

triple j Unearthed Music Director Dave Ruby Howe says, “Gab’s been sharing his music through triple j Unearthed since he was 14 years old and it’s been incredible to watch him develop into an artist that makes clever, bold music. It kills me that he’s only 17 and has such control of his sound. He’s an overachieving superstar and he richly deserves the crown as the winner of Unearthed High 2014.”

As part of the prize, Strum will head into the triple j studios to record a track, which will get played on triple j and triple j Unearthed. He’ll also play alongside Seth Sentry at an exclusive concert put on for his school. With some impressive achievements already behind him, we’re excited to see what Japanese Wallpaper does next.

Head to triplejunearthed.com to listen and share all of the talented Unearthed High finalists.

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