Adding his voice to the current wave of young artists pushing hip hop forward, Sydney’s ZPLUTO has arrived with impact.
In just a short period of time, ZPLUTO has caught the attention of tastemakers and industry alike off the back of two releases in 2021: ‘Impatient’ and ‘Trust Issues’. Both tracks were exemplary of ZPLUTO’s unique vibe and the influences that have driven his artistry ‘til now.
Born in New Zealand, though calling Australia home since 2008, ZPLUTO grew up idolising a wide range of artists. From Michael Jackson through to Queen; Maroon 5 to Chris Brown, game changing artists who left undeniable impacts across the genres of rock, contemporary pop, hip hop and R&B. For a young ZPLUTO, the way their music unified legions of fans around the world first engaged a spirit within him that has flourished into a music journey all his own.
“The way music can make you feel is what gravitated me towards pursuing music in the first place. Music unites people together no matter what race or ethnicity people are. Put two different people in a room who have never met each other and are from two different parts of the world and just play a MJ track they’ll start dancing, and singing his lyrics out loud.” ZPLUTO
When it comes to his own music, ZPLUTO manoeuvres in a sonic world not unfamiliar to fans of The Kid LAROI, Juice WRLD and Post Malone.
Recently named in a spotlight feature by Triple J Unearthed (‘If You Like The Kid LAROI, You Need To Meet These Five Local Artists’) as one to watch, it’s been clear early on that ZPLUTO represents a pocket of creativity in the Australian hip hop scene that is still relatively untapped.
His lyricism could be pulled from journal entries; melodies and a flow that relies on a balance of vulnerability and confidence to stick the landing. For ZPLUTO, this balance comes naturally.
“Something that draws me to these artists is that their music is about their life and their journey through it. They express that through their music. Their life is real and they don’t put on a facade about it. This makes me able to relate to them and feel inspired by their music. They show me that music can be more than just music and can have meaning. It’s an art form.” ZPLUTO
Combining elements of hip hop, pop and alternative music on a palette from which ZPLUTO paints detailed and fresh musical ideas, 2022 stands to be an exciting one for the artist.
Leading with single ‘Bonnie & Clyde’ and new single ‘BERZERK’, ZPLUTO is ready to step into the spotlight.