Number 1— Top Ten artists to catch live in 2017

The new year is well and truly underway and at Whatslively we decided to do you a favour. And whilst you’re thinking about how kind we are, here’s the lowdown; we’re going to count you into 2017 with our top 10 local artists to look out for this calendar year.

So without further ado…

1. Tash Sultana

You just knew it, didn’t you? Because so did we. From the second we heard her story and her soothing melodies, how could she not be adored and respected by the current generation? And what makes our tangled relationship with Tash Sultana so much more inspiring? She could possibly not be if it wasn’t for the dramatic change of direction she made in her life, in such a short space of time.

“I was a complete drug addict,” Tash recalls. “I really was a complete drug addict. “Doing every drug apart from heroine.”

At the ripe age of 17, Tash had developed a drug-induced psychosis. It took months of therapy, training and supervision to get her close to a good place. She found herself in the dumps, chasing any and every high whenever she could. The pinnacle for Tash was eating herself into state of panic, devouring pizza with magic mushrooms on it. She recalls desperately searching for her parents for help which was a humiliating low and the soothing voice of David Attenborough bringing her night to a dramatic close, and making it all the more clear for herself of how big a change was needed.

“It’s like I opened a can of worms and I couldn’t put them back away. It took ages to put it back together. You wouldn’t have even understood the kind of person I was if you saw me in that state.”

After failing time and time again to get a regular job, Tash turned to busking on the streets to make ends meet. Whilst she loved making music and was earning enough to get by, it was almost a revival for Tash, an escape from the world she had cornered herself into. It taught her a strong work ethic, belief and hope. Being gifted a GoPro for Christmas, she decided to start filming her jams, and what a decision it was. Her bedroom recording of Jungle got shared, and shared, and shared, and shared before almost 50,000 views had been clocked up. And before Tash herself knew it, most of Australia were talking about the girl from Melbourne.

We witnessed Tash first hand, heading to one of her gigs on the Sunshine Coast & her debut Laneway performance in January. The energy and drive you receive from the stage is commanding. You can feel, see and even smell Tash putting her heart and soul into everything she does. She plays every instrument herself, as she just proved on Triple J’s Like A Version earlier this year.

Tash’s understanding of the bottom adds to her unique creativeness. She’s not out there chasing the lime light, but expressing herself in a collective way through so many self taught instruments and passion. You can feel this vibe radiating through the crowd at every gig.

If you’re interested in catching Tash live, the Whatslively gig app tracker can keep you updated on her journey through 2017. Even though she just sold out her upcoming tour, we have a strong feeling she’ll be touring again in 2017. Her recordings of Jungle and Notion, from her bedroom are something you need to see, to say the least, as is Tash Sultana, in 2017.

Our top ten:

1 — Tash Sultana

2 — Gang of Youths

3 — Amy Shark

4 — The Smith Street Band

5 — Client Liaison

6 — King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard

7 — San Cisco

8 — Boo Seeka

9 — Nick Murphy

10 — Running Touch