Every time I start up Spotify I’m introduced to a new artist. Some good, some bad; some to add to a playlist, others forgettable. Then there are those that make you stop everything because it is something entirely different. Who is this person? Where are they from? What’s their story?
I want to tell you about Tash Sultana. She’s a 22 year old Australian with an incredible story, and we’re already late to the game.
At 15 years old she started playing on the streets of Melbourne after school and on the weekends. On any given day she could’ve been performing one of the ten instruments she taught herself how to play. Fast forward some years, and she’s battling a year-long episode of psychosis thanks to a bad mushroom trip. She misses school for months, loses 35 pounds, but it was music that kept her from losing her mind. Then, last year, she creates Jungle, posts it on YouTube and she’s a star.
Her Tiny Desk Concert is time well spent. Not only is it remarkable to see her musical talent (looping all of her sounds), but Tash performing is nothing short of mesmerizing.