Emerging rapper Kirklandd has been kind enough to take us behind the scenes of his performance at Canberra’s Groovin the Moo.

Thanks to winning a triple j Unearthed competition in April, the hip-hop artist had the opportunity to open the Cattleyard/triple j stage.

Kirklandd
Photo: Adam Siataga

“The whole experience of Groovin was pretty surreal. I’ve been working towards playing the festival for years now, and to be given the opportunity by triple j Unearthed to represent Canberra was an incredible feeling,” said the Canberran musician.

Kirklandd
Photo: Adam Siataga

“I really wanted to have a heightened impact in our set – have more energy, some unreleased songs and make something of a statement for where Canberra’s at now. I’m stoked people got to see this on the day and I can’t wait for everyone to see what’s ahead for the city this year.”

Kirklandd
Photo: Adam Siataga

“I curated a new live set just for the festival. My drummer Joshy B worked on a whole new routine, we brought out Genesis Owusu, and we had a mad time teasing some of the unreleased music we’ve got set to follow Impulse. I was blown away by the response on the day.”

Kirklandd
Photo: Adam Siataga

“We had so many local Canberra acts performing at the festival this year. We all carried such a strong family vibe throughout the day. I felt that really shone through in my performance. We were all that excited to be there, showing everyone this super unique identity Canberra’s currently forming as a city.”

As part of Kirklandd’s Groovin The Moo performance, photographer Adam Siataga, and videographer Sean O’Reilly joined him to document the trip. Tone Deaf is exclusively premiering the behind the scenes video.

Kirklandd is currently on his national Impulse tour. For more information, visit Kirklandd’s official website.

Watch the premiere of the behind the scenes video of Kirklandd at Groovin The Moo:

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