Adam Briggs

Adam Briggs

From mattress-proofed recording studios in Melbourne to LA’s most esteemed comedy writing rooms, Briggs has affirmed himself as one of the country’s most talented all-rounders in both music, TV and now publishing.

Born and raised in the floodplains of Victoria’s North East rivers, in less than a decade Briggs has taken his hometown of Shepparton to the world – and in turn, inspiring a whole generation of black excellence in the process.

Starting with a hip hop career that has seen him tour alongside the likes KRS-ONE, Ice T, 50 Cent, Hilltop Hoods and Paul Kelly – it soon became clear his penmanship also translated to the screen. This second wind as a TV writer has seen him script and star in the likes of Black Comedy, The Other Guy, Cleverman, and Charlie Pickering’s The Weekly.

More recently, his off-screen work has landed him in the writing chair for American TV icon Matt Groening’s new Netflix series Disenchantment.

From his break-out rap album Homemade Bombs in 2009, Briggs almost instantly joined the vast number of his Yorta Yorta countrymen and women to have infiltrated the mainstream Australian psyche – as sports superstars, writers, activists, politicians, pastors, business identities and musicians.

And like his people, he’s cast a wide net in his creative pursuits since then. With the 2020 release of his illustrated children’s book Our Home, Our Heartbeat – Briggs has repackaged his words for a whole new audience. Those too young to fully appreciate the messages in his fiery musical output.

This time it’s not the crowded hip hop clubs and stadiums that have hosted him over four award-winning albums and an array EPs, or the millions of TV viewers watching his work at home on Netflix and the ABC. This time it’s the young’ns who get to see and hear their own stories bounce off the pages of the best-selling kids book in Australia.

As founder and director of his own Indigenous hip hop record label, Bad Apples Music, Briggs’ EP Always Was includes the first single off the rank ‘Extra Extra’, and the most recent single ‘Go To War’ features the smooth voice of friend and collaborator Thelma Plum as they explore the idea of what it means to write from a place of having no recourse. Keep watching as there’s more to come from this quadruple-threat from Shepparton.

Adam Briggs

Awards

Winner Artist of the Year – National NAIDOC Awards 2018
Winner Songwriter Of The Year (A.B. Original) APRA AMCOS Awards 2018
Winner Best TV theme Award for “Here” featuring Caiti Baker – APRA AMCOS Screen Music Awards 2017
Winner Breakthrough Independent Artist of the Year, Best Independent Artist, Best Independent Single, Best Independent Album or EP, Best Independent Hip Hop Album (A.B. Original) – AIR Awards 2017
Winner Best Urban and Best Independent Release (A.B. Original) – ARIA Awards 2017
Winner Best Album (A.B. Original) – Australian Music Prize , 2017
Winner Agenda Setter of the Year – GQ Men of the Year Awards 2017
Winner Best Album – Sheplife, National Indigenous Music Awards 2015
Winner Best Music VideoBad Apples, National Indigenous Music Awards 2015
Winner Best New Talent – National Indigenous Music Awards 2014
Nominated Hip-Hop Artist of the Year – Deadly Awards 2012
Nominated Best SingleThe Wrong Brother, Deadly Awards 2011

 

Television

THE WEEKLY WITH CHARLIE PICKERING (Series 6)
Role: Presenter. Dir: Jon Olb, ABC TV 2020
THE WEEKLY WITH CHARLIE PICKERING (Series 5)
Role: Presenter. Dir: Jon Olb, ABC TV 2019
GET KRACK!N (Series 2)
Role: Bekjut. Dir: Hayden Guppy, Katering Productions 2019
SPICKS & SPECKS REUNION SPECIAL
Guest. Dir: Jon Olb, ABC TV 2018
BLACK COMEDY (Series 3)
Role: Various Characters. Dir: Beck Cole & Steven McGregor, Scarlett Pictures 2018
THE WEEKLY WITH CHARLIE PICKERING (Series 4)
Role: Presenter. Dir: Jon Olb, ABC TV 2018
TOUGH CONVERSATIONS (Documentary)
Role: Himself. Dir: Christopher Nelius, FINCH 2018
GET KRACK!N (Series 1)
Role: Bekjut. Dir: Hayden Guppy, Katering Productions 2017
THE OTHER GUY
Role: Dog Murphy. Dir: Kacie Anning, Entertainment One Television 2017
THE WEEKLY WITH CHARLIE PICKERING (Series 3)
Role: Writer / Presenter. Dir: Jon Olb, ABC TV 2017
CLEVERMAN
Role: Maliyan. Dir: Wayne Blair & Leah Purcell, ABC TV 2016
BLACK COMEDY (Series 2)
Role: Writer / Various Characters. Dir: Beck Cole & Erica Glynn, Scarlett Pictures 2016

 

Film

SPIN OUT
Role: Jock the barman. Dir: Tim Ferguson & Marc Gracie, Sony Pictures 2016
HILLTOP HOODS: RATTLING THE KEYS TO THE KINGDOM (Short)
Role: Himself. Dir: Selina Miles, 2012

 

Writing

OUR HOME, OUR HEARTBEAT (Children’s Book)
Hardie Grant / 2020
DISENCHANTMENT (Created by Matt Groening)
The Ululu Company / Netflix (Series 2, 2019)
THE WEEKLY WITH CHARLIE PICKERING
Thinkative TV / ABC (Series 2-5, 2016-2019)
GET KRACK!N
Katering Productions / ABC (Series 1, 2017)
BLACK COMEDY
Scarlett Pictures / ABC (Series 2-3, 2016-2018)

 

Discography – Individual Releases

SHEPLIFE (2014, Golden Era Records)
THE BLACKLIST (2010, Golden Era Records)
HOMEMADE BOMBS (2009, independent)

 

Discography – Guest Appearances

“Front Row Hustle” DZ Deathrays featuring Jesswar, Briggs, Trials (2019 I OH YOU Records)
“The Underground” (Suffa remix), Hilltop Hoods (The Good Life In The Sun, 2012, Golden Era Records)
“#sheplife” (Golden Era Mixtape 2012, 2012, Golden Era Records)
“The Joint”, Clandestien (Weapons Grade, 2012, Clandestien Productions)
“Keep that Mouth Shut”, Tornts (Concrete Slang, 2012, Broken Tooth Entertainment)
“Lunchroom Table”, with Trials, Suffa and Sesta (Golden Era Mixtape 2011, 2011, Golden Era Records)
“Let It Burn” and “The People’s Champ” (Golden Era Mixtape 2011, 2011, Golden Era Records)
“The Eulogy”, Drapht (The Life of Riley, 2011, The Ayems)
“Burning Bridges”, The Last Kinection (Next of Kin, 2011, Elefant Traks
“Game Time”, Maundz (Mr. Nobody, 2010, Obese Records)
“Ain’ No Place”, Eloquor (Move Up, 2009, Donny Records)

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