Thursday, July 1, 2021


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Mackay Music Watch Out

Mackay’s pop future is looking bright with Jonte Tupaea, the young top pop talent broke onto the scene with the release of his debut EP ‘Experiences’ last week.

The Year 11 Mackay State High School student can’t wait for the world to hear his finest works to date, all in one place.

The EP was recorded with Jonte’s producer Josh Beattie down in the Gold Coast and the tracks combine hooks and instrumental with themes of the teenage experience; love, loss, the highs and lows of friendships and all of the struggles of growing up.

At just 16, Jonte is a prodigy, having performed at Airlie Beach Music Festival, and has received two RADF grants for his music production.

He won the Fast Track To Fame Award from ‘Fast Track Talent Showcase’, and has locked in the opportunity to open for Isaiah at the MECC later this year.

It has been an incredible journey for Jonte, and he was proud of being so close releasing his first album after a life-long love affair with singing.

“I grew up with music, ever since I was little, my family would have parties and big sing alongs– since I was four, wherever I could, I would be singing,” Jonte said.

“It’s so nerve wracking releasing a song and my favourite part is seeing the feedback, as well as my friends, family and all these people listening to it all the time.

Jonte’s first two singles were released back in 2020, and with this EP he’s bringing those songs together, with two new songs: ‘Love Hate Relationship’ and ‘Lay Me Down’.

“These next two songs: one of them is really mellow and the other is sad, piano ballad – they show the aspects of me as an artist.

“For someone just starting out as an artist, I’m still trying to find my sound and I’m excited for everyone to be on that journey with me.”

“Listening to these songs, the EP is based off my life experiences and it’s a whole rollercoaster, from a happy song to sad song and I love all of them.

“It is surreal and I’ve been dying to listen to the whole thing all at once on the distribution platforms.

Jonte’s plans are to keep gaining experience, and one he finishes Year 12, he hopes to head to Melbourne to accelerate his musical talent and career.

You can find Experiences on iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music and anywhere you get your music. Stay tuned for the physical launch that Jonte has planned for later in the year.

“I’ve got some big-gigs coming up in Brisbane: Big Sound and hopefully Buskers by the Lake.”

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