Life-changing serendipity happens only to a chosen few. And that moment took musician-artist Deena Lynch by surprise, while playing an Iggy Pop tribute night in her native Brisbane, Australia. After witnessing the unhinged performance of a guy emulating Iggy, she transformed into a bona-fide banshee, earning the nickname-turned-stage name Jaguar Jonze.
At the age of 19, after a close friend passed away, she passed a garage sale, where she bought her first guitar on a whim. Without a single lesson, she was writing songs to help manage her grief.
Jaguar Jonze’s latest single, the exquisite, ethereal-pop “Beijing Baby,” is technically about those who hide behind their privilege, but also nods to Deena’s multicultural roots: Mom is Taiwanese, and Dad is Australian.
“Beijing Baby” will appear on Jaguar Jonze’s debut EP on Nettwerk Records. Previous to that, she’s released “You Got Left Behind,” a longing Western-pop track, that left lingering impressions on the blogger circuit.
Ultimately, Jaguar Jonze—and its adjacent projects, her narrative illustration project Spectator Jonze and her gender-subverting photography project Dusky Jonze—would become powerful ways in which Deena could process her most intimate vulnerabilities, while empowering others to do the same.
Each project has its unique identities, but a common thread of confronting shame and taboos. Explains Deena: “Everything I do stems from the need for dialogue – Jaguar being an internal dialogue with my subconscious, Spectator being an external dialogue with others on mental health and the mind and Dusky being a dialogue with the body.”