Mojo Juju knows as well as anyone how long a road it can be for a musician.

After years of work stretching back over a decade to her time fronting Mojo Juju & The Snake Oil Merchants, the last few years of solo work have been a breakthrough. Not a planet-shaking one that turned her into a household name, mind you, but a moment nonetheless.

Her latest record, 2018’s Native Tongue, was her first to crack the ARIA charts at #76, while her previous album gained her an Age Music Victoria Award nomination – both milestones especially important in an industry that can often leave artists in the dark, wondering if they’re even heading in the right direction.

“It’s a demanding industry with no limit to what you can do, or real definitive end game where you can go, ‘Oh, I did it, I made it,” Mojo believes. “No ‘I’ve made the perfect album,’ or ‘I’ve sold out the biggest venue’. There’s always more to do – you can always create something better. And likewise there is no limit to what people might expect of you.”

“For me the biggest struggle was just making that first leap. That first moment where you promise to yourself that you are going to commit to a career in this industry at the expense of any kinda stability or normalcy. And then it’s just about the hustle to make ends meet and get it off the ground.”

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Mojo Juju is one of the worthy recipients of this year’s American Express Music Backer’s program