The Arnhem Land supergroup, East Journey have been nominated for Best New Talent and Best Film Clip at this year’s National Indigenous Music Awards. Bright Lights Big City is the latest single release from East Journey taken off their upcoming “East Journey featuring Yothu Yindi: The Genesis Project” due for release September 2014. We asked the group the inspiration behind their great beats and what Indigenous Excellence means to them.

  1. Name:

East Journey

  1. We’re from:

Yirrkala, North East Arnhem Land

  1. We are:

Yolngu people

  1. To chill out we:

go hunting and play guitar on the beach

  1. I’m reading:

NT News

  1. I’m drinking:

Pauls Iced Coffee

  1. I’m eating:

fresh guya (fish)

  1. The thing we do best is:

make music, represent our community, and laugh

  1. When I’m in a bad mood I:

go hunting

  1. When I’m in a gallery I’m most likely drawn to:

powerful images and shapes

  1. The piece of technology that has most shaped my life is:


  1. I find inspiration in:

the late Dr Yunupingu and Yothu Yindi

  1. The last app I downloaded was:

Garage Band

  1. The last website I visited was:

National Indigenous Music Awards

  1. My favourite film is:


  1. My favourite play I’ve seen was:

Shadow King and Gary Lang’s Mokuy

  1. My favourite place is:

Bawaka and Djarrakpi homeland

  1. You can find us on the weekend:

at Bawaka or Djarrakpi

  1. The first thing I read in the morning is:

my emails from work

  1. I wish I was:

touring around the world and mentoring the next generation of musicians from North East Arnhem Land

  1. For us, Indigenous Excellence means:

to be the best you can be; and helping others achieve their goals