You’ll know her voice from Triple J’s House Party, but Nina Agzarian always fancied herself more a behind the scenes kind of girl. “I never wanted to be on air, I always said I wanted to make the sounds.” She’s done just about everything at Triple J since interning on the web team in 2004 – from working in design and the music library to mixing and producing – and eventually stepped in front of the mic to present her own mixes when Kirileigh Lynch left House Party in 2007. In DJ mode, Agzarian, 27, has supported Dizzee Rascal and Salt-n-Pepa as part of female DJ collective HOOPs, and her beat-making went philanthropic in 2007 when she teamed up with Andrew Levins and Diplo on a series of music workshops at Wagga Wagga’s Riverina Juvenile Justice centre. Heaps Decent, the not-for-profit born of these workshops, now helps thousands of underprivileged youths and emerging artists make and distribute new Australian music every year. And we reckon ‘heaps decent’ is a pretty apt tag for this all-rounder.
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