Music sounds better with Cools Ladies of Leisure. We all know that humans are hard-wired to respond to music, which is why we consider it a fundamental part of the Cools experience. To light up the Cools Ladies Of Leisure airwaves we've got special guest Jaguar Jonze.
An Eastern cowgirl howling at the rising sun ☀︎ Australian singer/songwriter, producer and multimedia artist Jaguar Jonze (aka Deena Lynch) is nothing short of a manifold visionary. Praised for confronting social ills and breaking stigmas, the enigmatic yet vulnerable songwriter delivers defiant ferocity through smoky vocals that shift between fragile and forceful on the newly released ANTIHERO EP. We are thrilled and honoured to have Jaguar as a guest on our new Mixtape Series. Now streaming on Cools Club Soundcloud.
tell us a little bit about yourself - where did you grow up and how did your path lead you to where you’re at now?
Big question!! I feel there have been many paths, roads, lanes and little alleyways that lead me to where I am now.
I was born in Yokohama, Japan and moved to Brisbane, Australia when I was 6. I think having come from a multicultural background has played a huge influence on myself as an artist but mostly, all of the life experiences I've collected has made becoming a musician/visual artist a necessity. So that I have somewhere to place my thoughts, feelings and inner most vulnerabilities.
who or what convinced you to give music a chance?
Losing my close friend who had told me his whole life that I wasn't living passionately and that I was yet to explore the creativity that he saw in me. When he passed away, I realised how short life was and that he was right and I went on a bit of an adventure trying to find myself. As soon as I fell into music, I knew then, that I couldn't go back.
if you had one piece of advice for women of any age feeling stuck or struggling to find their groove, what would you tell them?
That you define your own success, and to make sure you're not stuck because of society's version of success being imposed onto you.
the last year has been challenging in many ways. how has 2020 changed your perspective on different areas of your life?
I think, the biggest way it has changed my perspective is that there's not one set path or plan to take you to where you want to go. That sometimes, it's challenging times like these and what you do out of them that can catapult you unexpectedly to the place you want to go.
is there a specific moment in your life you can recall that really shaped or grounded you?
I honestly think recovering from COVID-19 in 2020 was a big wake up call about how I took my health for granted, that I can't keep running on exhaustion and adrenaline, that I didn't love myself as a priority and that I wasn't aware of the amazing community around me who believe and support me in my art.
what is coming up next for you?
Cools Quick Q's:
you feel most yourself here:
On my motorbike
in your free time you:
Bird's Nest in Brisbane, Juan in Sydney, Dolan Uyghur Food Heaven in Melbourne
what you listen to in traffic:
you find the most inspiration from:
you can’t live without:
favourite cools club piece:
Polar Jacket in cobalt blue
Images courtesy of:
Georgia Wallace, Alex Flamsteed