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Interview: Tash Sultana


Interview: Tash Sultana

Kate Sansome

From busking the streets of Melbourne to selling out venues across the globe, Tash Sultana is without a doubt one of Australia’s fastest rising stars. At just 22 years of age, Sultana has taken the world by storm, growing a large, loyal following after finding viral fame with her homemade YouTube videos. She has since embarked on sold-out tours across the globe, scored two songs in the 2016 Triple J Hottest 100, including her huge hit single, Jungle, coming in at #3... and even started her own record label. We recently chatted with the singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist ahead of her upcoming performance at Adelaide Entertainment Centre on Saturday 18th of November.  

Thanks for speaking with This Is Radelaide! Firstly, where in the world do you find yourself right now?

I’m home in Australia at the moment, resting my body and mind.

Your social media shows you spending time in the recording studio, does that mean you’re closer to finishing up your debut album? 

I’ve always wanted to put out an album, ever since I released my EP. I’ve got so much music to share.

What is the typical writing process for one of your songs?

It’s different for every song. The song I’m working on at the moment, I had, had a mental block for ages and I woke up super early one morning with jet-lag and it kind of just fell out of my fingertips.

Your upcoming Australian shows are some of your biggest headline shows to date, how are they going to be different to what we’ve seen before?

Everything is just going to be bigger and better. I’ve got a few things up my sleeve so come watch.

A year ago, you played a sold out show at Adelaide Unibar and now you’re playing one of Adelaide’s largest venues, how have you found Adelaide audiences in the past?

The crowds are always super respectful. They’re loud when they’re meant to be loud, and quiet when it feels right.

You have been coined an “overnight success,” do you feel that reflects your actual musical journey?

I was going to play music regardless of whether it was going to be a success or not.  Just because that’s all I know how to do. I’ve been playing since I was three years old and was busking from when I was a teenager because I couldn’t get another job, so my music journey is long but the success grew very quickly.

How is your music received overseas in comparison to Aussie audiences?

Pretty much the same, it’s crazy having people that don’t even speak English singing your lyrics back to you though. That’s your message to the world being sung back to you.

Finally, when you’re not performing or writing music, how do you like to spend your downtime?

At the beach, surfing, spending time with my dog, skating, catching up with my mates, jamming.

You can catch Tash Sultana perform at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre on November 18th. Tickets and other important information is available here.

Header Image via Tash Sultana