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Who is Jackie Onassis?

Jackie Kennedy Onassis originally was - A First Lady: Just out of the line of fire: A fashion icon: An aesthetic and an ideal. 

She was also the subject matter of the 'Modern American History' lecture at Sydney University that re-united Kai Tan and Raph Dixon. 

Kai and Raph knew each other from back in the day.  They'd caught the same bus, the 445, in early high school then drifted apart.  The guys bumped into each other at the lecture, got chatting and discovered two things; they shared a deep love of hip-hop and both were making music in their own quiet way.

"We just kind of re-connected," says Raph.  "We started chatting about music and decided to go grab a beer."

Kai adds, "We played each other the stuff we'd both been mucking around with ... and liked what we heard!"

In that single meeting Kai and Raph caught up, talked about the old times, bonded over a strong musical common ground, decided to start working together, and even came up with their name 'Jackie Onassis' - it was a pretty good catch up.

"Jackie Onassis is mad! (Mad as in awesome, not mentally unhinged) laughs Kai.  "Coming out of that lecture we both liked everything that she represented."  Raph continues, "We were joking that we should form a group and call it Jackie Onassis, then we actually did."

"We were going to call ourselves 'Jackie Kennedy,'" says Kai, "But it just didn't roll off the tongue."

So, two mates get reacquainted and we get one of the most potent new forces on Australia’s hip-hop scene.  Kai and Raph are also the newest members of the collective known as the ‘One Day’ crew, along with Spit Syndicate, Joyride and Horrorshow: who just also happened to be buddies from their school days.

‘Jackie Onassis’ weaves a spare, sinewy musicality and razor sharp lyricism; innovating without even meaning to.  “We keep getting all these people saying how different we sound,” says Raph, “But we didn’t even realise we were doing it!”

Kai adds, “We didn’t intentionally decide to be ‘out of the box’ or weird, we were just making music that we’d like to listen to.”

Turns out, a lot of other people liked it too.  'Jackie Onassis' released a free EP ‘Holiday’ online, it got shared around - a lot - and ended up on JJJ.

In one of those ‘you couldn’t make this up’ type stories, a guy who writes a music blog in England was out here on holiday, heard early single ‘Crystal Balling’’ on the radio and loved it.  He flicked it to uber-influential British DJ Zane Lowe, who began spinning it on the BBC Radio 1.

The next thing Raph and Kai know, they’re getting a phone call from their manager asking if they’ve got passports, because they’ve just scored two slots at ‘The Great Escape’ Festival in Brighton ... Which of course they killed – getting asked by organisers to play an unprecedented third slot to close out the festival.

Now THAT’S how you become a ‘buzz band.’

This initial buzz has set in motion an impressive sequence of events.  Their brand new singles ‘Juliette’ and ‘Special Occasion’ are already getting a lot of love at radio and the boys have just put the finishing touches on new material for their second EP ‘Juliette’, to be out in January 2014.

A tour with Illy also helped to cement the reputation for Jackie Onassis' very impressive live show and they are re-joining him on the road as the support on his national tour throughout March 2014.

"I remember going to my very first rap gig and thinking 'this is amazing,'" explains Kai.  "I'd never seen anything that picked the crowd up so much, and that's what we try and recreate when we do a show."

"We don't mind a party either," adds Raph.  "So that helps!"

What helps give 'Jackie Onassis' its almost indefinable extra dimension is the willingness for Raph and Kai to musically explore genres outside of hip hop.

"We always come back to hip hop because that's what we love, but we also try and check out any sort of quality music, no matter where it comes from, and that helps inspire us," explains Kai.

When asked to describe 'the Jackie Onassis sound' Raph answers in a typically understated way.  "It's rap with synths ... sometimes."

'Jackie Onassis' is the essence of hip hop.  Two young artists drawing on the framework of rap; to articulate thoughts, observations and feelings on life as it relates to them – creating a body of work that's compelling and unique along the way.  The exciting thing is, they’re just getting started.

You'd like to think the original Jackie O would approve.