Having supported the likes of M83 and Lily Allen, showcases at SXSW and collaborations with the likes of Holy Holy, Allday and Charli XCX, Gab Strum (aka Japanese Wallpaper) has spent the three years since his 2016 debut experimenting with new sounds and honing his craft as a songwriter and producer. Japanese Wallpaper originated after Strum first composed a string of songs in Garageband at the age of 15. After one of the tracks won triple j’s 2014 Unearthed High competition, geared toward Australian emerging artists, Strum’s career was cemented: music was his destiny. While finishing high school, Strum worked on his 2016 self-titled debut EP. On it, a pensive track called “Breathe In,” caught the attention of Zach Braff who included the song on the soundtrack for Wish I Was Here. Since then he has produced music for the likes of Mallrat, Holy Holy, Wafia, Eilish Gilligan, swim good now, Bec Sandridge, Allday and gathered fans such as Flume, Gotye, Lily Allen, Nick Murphy, Rostam Batmangjil and Charli XCX who he remixed “Need Ur Luv”. Receiving over 20 million plays on Spotify, Japanese Wallpaper’s self-titled debut EP features Airling, Pepa Knight, Wafia, Jesse Davidson and remixes from Yumi Zouma, UV boi, Elkkle, Anatole to name a few. A festival favorite back home, he’s appeared on stage at Splendour in the Grass, St. Jeromes Laneway Festival, Secret Garden, The Plot, Beyond the Valley and more.
Armed with a defining new sound and more confidence than the teen that emerged from his debut EP, Strum continues to prove himself as one of Australia’s most promising talents.