Jaguar Jonze Shares “Little Fires”
February 4, 2022 BY Penny Palmer
“..nothing short of a manifold visionary” (Flaunt), Brisbane-based singer, producer, songwriter, and multimedia artist Jaguar Jonze (real name Deena Lynch) releases “Little Fires,” out today via Nettwerk Records. At the hands of the “colossally powerful” (CLOUT)Jaguar Jonze, “Little Fires” captures a newfound vulnerability that embodies resilience, sacrifice, and remaining strong for those around you.
Jaguar Jonze says, “Little Fires is a reminder about where we’ve come from, what we are fighting for, and what we can achieve when we work together. And it’s a reminder that we are not alone. I wanted my Eurovision song to be for those moments where it was hard to stay strong, for those times I felt overwhelmed by what I had taken on.
“I am constantly defining what vulnerability means to me. Growing up, vulnerability was seen as a weakness, but now to me, I see vulnerability as strength. And I’m seeing this reflected in my lyrics and songwriting. Little Fires is a moment for me to share a vulnerable side of me that I haven’t before.”
Setting herself up on “camp mode,” Jaguar Jonze spent a month locked away and ended up writing several new tracks. The final result, “‘Little Fires,” is a songwritten by Jaguar Jonze, PJ Harding(Noah Cyrus, Ruel), and LouisSchoorl(Jessica Mauboy, Kate Miller-Heidke, Kesha). “I searched every corner of my heart and mind to push myself to do my best work,” she explains. Working with her band members Aidan Hogg (producer/bass), Joseph Fallon (guitar/string arrangement), and Jacob Mann (drums), collectively, they knew that “Little Fires” was the song that would allow Jaguar Jonze to realize her vision and share her message. “Everyone involved in the process matched me in the heart and soul they gave.” The track features a one-take recording of Jaguar Jonze’s commanding vocals, as well as a tear-jerking string performance from the Black Square Quartet.
“Little Fires”follows on from her “powerful” (Rolling Stone) single “CUT,” which highlighted a new light, hilarious and slightly maniac side to Jaguar Jonze, receiving praise from the likes of Rolling Stone, MTV, NME, and BBC Radio 1 Future Artists with Jack Saunders.
Recently highlighted as a BBC Radio 1’s Future Artist, for the last 18 months, Jaguar Jonze has become a public vessel for change and accountability in Australia’s #MeToo movement. In honor of her advocacy to raise awareness on discrimination and abuse within the music industry and pushing practitioners to operate in a safe and respectful environment, Jaguar Jonze was awarded the Triple J Done Good Award, AIR Outstanding Achievement Award, and named one of the 21 Most Inspiring Women of 2021 by Vogue Australia. Jaguar Jonze continues her advocacy work, including the group that commissioned the Music Industry Review of sexual harm, sexual harassment, and systemic discrimination in the contemporary Australian music industry and recommendations for reform. As best described in her own words, “the heat that is picking up and fanning those tiny fires into a blaze of reckoning” (Billboard).
Jaguar Jonze – Little Fires
Out now via Nettwerk Records
About Jaguar Jonze:
Jaguar Jonze and its adjacent projects, the narrative illustration project Spectator Jonze and the gender-subverting photography project Dusky Jonze, are powerful ways in which Deena Lynch has always processed her most intimate vulnerabilities while empowering others to do the same. Deena’s meticulously realized work has earned her the partnerships with brands like Christian Louboutin, Reebok, BMW, Obey and Stüssy, and an abundance of the press (FLAUNT, PAPER, V Magazine, VICE, Refinery29, Fashion Journal, Talkhouse, Vogue Australia, Marie Claire Australia, the cover of NME Australia) praising her commitment to confronting social ills and breaking stigmas. The enigmatic yet vulnerable songwriter continues to deliver defiant ferocity on “WHO DIED AND MADE YOU KING?” the first single from a forthcoming debut album.
What The Press Is Saying About Jaguar Jonze:
“Explosive and cinematic” – Paper Magazine
“One of music’s rising acts we’re most excited about” – Just Jared
“A genre-exploding centerpiece” – American Songwriter
“Jonze assumes complete control over her narrative and voice” – V Magazine
“Jaguar Jonze dials up the drama and danger” – Refinery29
“Deena Lynch (aka Jaguar Jonze) is nothing short of a manifold visionary” – FLAUNT
“It’s thanks to art and music that Deena is now, to put it one way, straight-up killing it” – VICE
“…some queen shit…” – Wonderland Magazine
“Jaguar Jonze’s enviable ability to effortlessly saunter between genres and a range of influences, blowing down the barriers as she rattles on with primal energy. A multi-faceted artist, Lynch also has a digital illustration and photography creative endeavors that subvert and challenge” – Line Of Best Fit
“To sum up the creative explosion that is Deena Lynch into a neat little elevator pitch would have even the most qualified of journalists in tears.” – Tone Deaf
“We don’t even have words for how good Jaguar Jonze’s set was (which is problematic considering we’re journalists and writing is literally how we pay our bills) – Industry Observer
“…the video boasts a Tarantino-esque dance-off, all bathed in an unsettling red…It matches the intoxicating song…we can’t wait to see what this exciting artist does next” – Cool Accidents
“Jaguar Jonze, if you’re reading this, please tell us your secrets. You’re a downright goddess of a human”
– Left Bank Magazine
“Lynch has already demonstrated that she is one of the great young storytellers in the business”
– The Revue