Video Premiere: Dirty Versachi, JULAI & Robert Baxter - NEOSTAR
Naarm trio follow-up their wild new collaborative single of electro hip-hop with a video that captures its energy perfectly
Image credit: Justin Malone
A few weeks on from the release of NEOSTAR, the party starting combo of bubble gum pop, electro and hectic hip hop from the collaboration of non-binary producer Dirty Versachi, queer pop artist Robert Baxter & queer Pasific Islander rapper JULAI, the trio have readied an equally energetic visualiser, premiering on Pilerats today.
JULAI sums up the single perfectly, explaining “The beat grows in the track and has a bubble gum, bouncy pop feel, that references the “uh, uh, uh” section from Black Eyed Peas - My humps, and if you listen to the track now it’s grown into a very cute, but “c**t”, mixture of all our worlds.”
On working with Dirty Versachi and JULAI, Baxter says “Creating the track was so natural and easy, we finished 60% of it in our first ever session, JULAI kicked us all off with the hook "I'm, I'm that bitch" and from there the production DV made had so much energy and JULAI and I's verses just flowed out. We were both typing on our notes apps writing our verses while DV worked on the production, and then we got in the booth and rapped it. Both of our first verses were done on the first day, maybe a 4 hour session.
A lot of gigs we had following this, whether they're at festivals or clubs we invited the others to get on stage for NEOSTAR and it's always a fan favourite. It's so nice to bring together our three worlds. In saying that being three booked and busy artists means a lot of schedules to consider so lots of people were blowing up our DM's demanding we drop the track. I'm really glad it's finally out into the world and I want to hear it in the clubs all summer.”
Meanwhile, the video alternates between a stylish, black and white studio shoot of the trio, interspersed with live performance footage and capturing both the song and group’s energy and personality. Robert explains “Just after we created NEOSTAR, JULAI and I were both booked for Midsumma on the mainstage, and we decided to perform it together, it was a packed crowd with thousands and we really felt the weight of how much people love this song. Isaiah Cirillo was filming that day and that makes up most of the visualiser.
Then all three of us were working on the cover shoot and we asked Justine Malome the photographer to shoot some b-roll of us performing the track and I put those clips in too. A lot of people have asked me for the lyrics so I wanted a fun visual where people can see us perform it in the studio, and to a crowd, and learn the lyrics at once.”
Give NEOSTAR a first watch: