The Score: Musician Bumpy Chats About Jazz, Being Clumsy And Moving To Melbourne
When deciding to pursue a solo project, proud Noongar woman Bumpy says she felt her childhood nickname was a natural choice. “Apparently [she] only had one speed when [she] was little”—clumsy, bumpy. The singer says that she wanted this project “to be my voice and myself and sharing that vulnerability,” that bumpiness. She joins Samira Farah on The Score to chat about moving to Melbourne and upcoming gigs.
Having applied to VCA “on a whim”, Bumpy moved from Gippsland to study Jazz and improvisation. She notes that there was a lack of representation and diversity in the Jazz scene and that she “never really saw other people similar to us.” Bumpy is a member of Squid Nebula and DRMNGNOW and she and Samira discuss cultural safety in the industry and how it needs to extend past a diverse lineup—to the green room and beyond.
Bumpy is performing at the iconic restaurant Charcoal Lane, as part of Leaps and Bounds Festival, on July 16 2021.
photo credit: Guilia McGuaran