Drag duo Jawbreakers offer a sweet treat with their debut EP, “Just A Taste”

The debut EP features new single and video, “Boyfriend”

Arts Music Brian Webb

This article was published on February 21st, 2022

Drag-duo DJ-production, Jawbreakers, have released their debut EP “Just A Taste”, and it’s everything you want in a late-night dance party.

Jawbreakers, made up of Melbourne drag queens Kali Forni-Kate and Sabrina Babyslut, serve up dance, pop, and tech house songs that will have you bopping your head to the beat just as much as they have you thinking about who you love and what your life looks like. 

The EP reflects the group’s live DJ shows — where they not only play the party but are also the party. With tracks like “This Is Dirty” and “Ciao Bella,” the EP is a sampling platter of beats with something for everyone. “It’s Just A Taste, because there is 100% more to come,” says Sabrina.

“Boyfriend,” the first song off of the EP, is a modern-day remake of Ashlee Simpson’s 2005 hit that chronicles her stealing Wilmer Valderrama from Lindsay Lohan. The new version features vocals from Amanda (formerly of Operator Please).

The music video for “Boyfriend,” directed by Nyssa Mitchell and conceptualized by Jawbreakers with editing and FX by Zachary McSweeney, is a technicolour dream. In it, Kali and Sabrina are dressed in eye-catching lewks that showcase their love for pop culture and ’90s nostalgia.

Shared passion

The drag duo first met in 2016 at a Britney Spears tribute show in Melbourne, Australia. It wasn’t long before they discovered their shared passion for music production and decided to team up as a DJ duo. They bought themselves a mixer and got to work—six months later, they were in business.

The biggest hurdle they faced was figuring out how to use two DJ decks at once. Kali is left-handed, and Sabrina is right-handed; sometimes, they need to swap sides in the middle of a song to throw off their groove.

Their Jawbreakers name not only pays homage to the iconic candy from their childhoods and the 1998 teen film that starred Rose McGowan, Rebecca Gayheart, and Julie Benz as the “it” girl clique who reign supreme in their high school, but it also reflects on how their drag is heavily inspired by pop culture.

With a reputation for delivering an energetic and crowd-pleasing performance both behind the decks and on stage, it’s no surprise that these two are already seasoned pros when it comes to performing at international festivals. They have already headlined several international festivals, including Sydney Mardi Gras and Milkshake Festival in the Netherlands.

Their next big gig will be Summer Camp Festival, where they will perform alongside Years and Years, Big Freedia, and The Veronicas. They are also slated to perform at the Goodlife U18 event, as well as Adelaide Festival, St Kilda Festival, and Melbourne Pride.

Fun, quality music

“We have been keeping an eye on Jawbreakers for several years,” says Damien Platt of Extrovert Music, a division of Vicious Recordings, the label that discovered Avicii when he was a teenager and released his first ten records. “When Kali and Sabrina presented us with demos of the EP, we were instantly fans of the music. It’s fun; it’s camp and its quality music.”

Jawbreakers is not Extrovert Music’s first foray into gay dancefloor music. The label co-founded by Andy Van of the band Madison Avenue had a #1 dance anthem with “Don’t Call Me Baby,” and more recently, Sgt Slick’s recut of “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!” went gold and has become a major queer anthem.

“Extrovert Music is focusing on dance pop/disco/commercial/crossover releases,” Platt notes. “A majority of our new signings and existing roster who identify as LGBTQIA+ are producing this sound.”

When Jawbreakers first started, they were breaking ground just by performing as hyper-feminine drag queensin the club scene; however, they quickly became known for their unique sound and high-energy shows.

Recording as drag queens has also made it difficult for them to be taken seriously in the music industry; however, “we’ve had straight DJs hit on us, and others wonder who the random chicks were in the booth,” says Sabrina. “But way more people have shown their support and their desire to see us succeed.”

“We’re lucky to live in an era when queer culture is proving that we can be a force in any and every industry,” Kali adds. “Never underestimate what a queen can achieve. It only makes us work harder.”

Jawbreakers’ “Just A Taste” is being distributed through Extrovert Music and will be available on Apple Music, Spotify and all digital platforms.  


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