The decisive moment that changed the fate of Tash Sultana, a large instrument called “The Return of Jimi Hendrix”

Tash Sultana released his 2nd album “Terra Firma” in February this year. In the front and back, we will deliver the cover story of the Australian version of Rolling Stone magazine that she decorated the cover. Continuing from the first part, we will deliver the second part here. How was the undisputed genius singer / songwriter born? The turning point was the 18th birthday present.

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Tash Sultana picked up the guitar given to him by his grandfather when he was three years old, but it was Lana Del Rey who listened to it when he was thirteen that made him a professional musician. .. As a teenager, her career under the name Lizzy Grant started at a local open mic event that appeared on a weekly basis.

With all his hands open, Sultana said: “From Sunday to Saturday, I’ve listed all the open mic events in Victoria.”

Tash Sultana at Ziggodome in Amsterdam, taken July 6, 2019 (Photo by Dara Munnis)

Sultana’s father, who emigrated from Malta in the 1970s and achieved the two goals of starting his own business and having a family, imposes his motto on his children, “Make sure you do what you say.” I took Sultana to all the open mic events on the list. Despite being young, Sultana was constantly writing songs and standing on stage. CDs that were burned on his father’s computer on a daily basis were sold at the venue for $ 5. Still a high school student at the time, a popular but problematic child in the class, Sultana did everything from school-designated uniforms to music teachers’ policies that didn’t want to interpret the assignments on their own and wanted a perfect copy. I questioned.

“I was just hated by high school music teachers,” Sultana laughed loudly, showing her beautifully lined white teeth. “I think I was trying to learn things like self-control and focus on issues. I just didn’t like to follow the general practice. Why do we all point in the same direction? The musical theory I was playing like the other students, wondering what it meant to me. “

Instead of studying hard, Sultana tried to survive high school life smartly. I took only the minimum required subjects for promotion and did not attend the graduation ceremony. “I don’t have a diploma, right?”

A birthday present that was a turning point in my life

After graduating from high school, Sultana, who had no interest in finding a job, experienced many drugs in the four years until she turned 21. Various media outlets have been actively reporting on the content over the past few years, and Sultana is still indignant at it.

“I’ve been picking up trivial things for years, and many other journalists try to dig them up all at once,” Sultana screams. “It doesn’t make any sense to steam four years ago now. It feels like the magic mushrooms aren’t working anymore.”

Photo by Giulia Giannini McGauran (AKA GG McG) for Rolling Stone Australia

When he was just graduating from high school, his mother was worried that Sultana had earned only as much as the tears of a sparrow on an open mic event pilgrimage. “(My mother) said,’You can’t live a life like selling four $ 5 CDs and earning $ 20?’ But I thought,’No, more people. It ’s just a matter of playing in front of you. ””

One day Sultana was watching a busking at Bourke Street Mall by a friend and Melbourne-based duo, The Pierce Brothers. What they had was a cracked acoustic guitar. “No one stopped, and honestly I thought this wasn’t good.” Sultana said so and shook her shoulders. “I thought I couldn’t make my dream come true this way.”

At a musical instrument store that went to Sultana’s 18th birthday, his father, who accompanied him, said the annual phrase, “Choose whatever you like.” In the past, I was given a banjo and a black Fender Squire, and my father bought me a used 12-string acoustic guitar that Saltana still uses on stage. But that year’s birthday present changed the fate of Sultana. Instead of the fascinated banjo, Sultana picked up Roland’s RC-30 2-track loop station.

“(Father) said,’I don’t think it’s a wise choice, because I won’t use it for Roku.'” However, Sultana argued. “Never do that, I affirmed that.” The loop station has become an indispensable tool for sultanas. Now earning thousands of dollars each time he busks, Sultana no longer needs parental help to buy new strings, buy new instruments, or arrange flights. Sultana, which has greatly expanded its fan base, has signed contracts with Mom + Pop in North America and Lemon Tree Music and Sony in other regions.

“Jungle” which was a representative song and became a shackle of activity

When talking about a DIY approach in his career, Sultana’s tone creates a rap-like rhythm. Efforts made during the laying-down era are spit out with a simple and compact beatbox. “There were 50 or 100 guests, sometimes 200 and sometimes zero, but I just kept sowing seeds. The festival I was supposed to perform was canceled, and in the rain and hail. I played while being struck, listening to thunder, and getting sweaty in the heat. I came when the equipment broke because of the snow. Sometimes I forgot the lyrics while singing. The day before the live, I was so noisy that I was crushed, and I was given the undercard of an artist who wasn’t a lyric at a big festival. ” With a brief silence, Sultana continued: “And one day I wrote’Jungle’in my bedroom at home. This should be recorded on my smartphone, I intuitively thought so.”

The song, which was stored on Sultana’s iPhone 4 in the living room at home in May 2016, was a viral hit in just a week. The number of views on YouTube exceeded 1 million in the first 5 days, and now it has reached 94 million. With countless fans requesting the song from Triple J, “Jungle” was ranked third in the station’s 2016 Hottest 100 and was featured in the soundtrack to the video game FIFA 18. Boosted by the song’s hit, “Notion EP” reached number eight on the ARIA charts.

There is no doubt that sultanas believe in spiritual things. I’m not interested in religion, but the connection to the earth and myths is evident in the artwork of all the works, the title “Flow State” (1st album of 2019), and the deep psychological depiction in “Terra Firma”. .. “Sometimes I think it’s better not to be too deep.” Sultana laughs and says so. “Everything doesn’t have to have a deep meaning, but I’m just a real self.” Despite that, Sultana, who is also business conscious, understands the importance of establishing her own brand.

Whether it’s collaborating with Fender to unveil a signature model, partnering with PlayStation or Commonwealth Bank, or giving a guitar to the winner of the Terra Firma single song arrangement contest, Sultana also controls the business side of her career. ing. Labels and publishers have recovered all costs, and Sultana is now “free.” Sultana is free to decide whether to renew her contract with the current label, move to another label, or release her work on her own label, Lonely Lands Records, which she founded in May 2019. ..

Tash Sultana at The Shrine in Los Angeles, taken December 2, 2018 (Photo by Dara Munnis)

Whatever the goal, Sultana says that what is needed to achieve it is passion, ambition, and dedicated effort. “There’s nothing wrong with it. I want to acquire as much knowledge about music as possible,” says Sultana. Self-taught multi-instrumentalist Sultana can also be a threat to world record holder Neil Nayyar.

Sultana, who controls more than 12 instruments and composes and records almost on her own, does not write songs with an awareness of hits, but there is one exception. After the release of “Jungle,” Sultana remembered the pressure to create popular songs. Sultana unsmilingly talks about industry practice “he was told he needed a single.” “Only singles can be played on the radio. I was told to finish one song quickly.”

Sultana wrote “Murder to Mind,” a blend of jazz and rock’n’roll tastes in beaty soul, two months after “Jungle” ranked in the top 30 of ARIA in 2017. It was a time when it hadn’t passed. “It’s a song made for that purpose. I needed to finish the song on the radio as soon as possible,” Sultana admitted, and continued. “Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy with the result.” However, Sultana never plays the song on stage. “I’ve been struggling for years (trying to write songs that go beyond’jungle’), but I realize that it’s not like me, and it’s wrong to try to write a similar song.”

Existence of fiance that supported “Terra Firma”

Sultana poured her heart and soul into her latest work, Terra Firma. Occasionally, he entered a private studio in Melbourne six days a week, and after a total of 200 days of sessions, the film was completed in mid-August last year. In addition to welcoming Richard Stolz, who also demonstrated his skills in “Flow State”, as an advisor in mixing, Josh Cashman, Dann Hume, “Pretty Lady” and “Crop” who participated in the aforementioned “Dream My Life Away”・ Multiple co-songwriters in the film, including Matt Colby, who participated in the four songs “Circles,” “Beyond the Line,” and “Greed,” and Jerome Farrer, a high school classmate who participated in “Willow Tree.” Is credited.

It was a new adventure for Sultana, who composed, arranged, performed, and produced all the songs on her debut album. “I want to stick to collaboration.” Sultana says so with her eyes shining. “It’s a lot of fun. Maybe I opened Pandora’s Box without knowing it.”

During the interview, Jaimie, a sultana fiancee, participated in the conversation many times. The two, who live together in Melbourne, tend to leave the 10-acre vegetable garden alone. The skateboard half lamp installed in the yard is damaged and cannot be used until it is repaired. Sultana and Jaimie have opposite personalities, she is orderly and realistic, while the dreamer Sultana continues to run at “1 million miles per hour.”

“Meeting Jaimie allowed me to be the true self I’ve been looking for,” says Sultana. “She can see anything. Even if she tells a lie, she can be easily detected. I have seen many people who have been seen by her.”

Jaimie is often sung in “Terra Firma”, and “Beyond the Pine” and “Let the Light In”, which have only two secret words, are the best examples. “When we met her, we evaded the joke that we were like Sundays to each other. The highlight of the week.” Sultana says with a small laugh. “And it goes around on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, but it feels like eternity for a long time.”

As he entered the house to escape the heat waves, Sultana stared at Jaimie sitting on the couch, walked up and kissed as he was drawn to him. Sultana’s long hair covered her profile as if she was pulling a curtain.

Tash Sultana’s coherent way of life and bright blue eyes may have been inherited from his father. Dreams you want to fulfill, your fragility, and your identity. Sultana seems to be willing to spend some time in the process of becoming her ideal self. Sultana, who values ​​growth above all else, is trying to firmly grasp the repeated process.

“You can’t live straight while lying to your true self,” says Sultana, moisturizing her throat with herbal teas. “I think that’s true for everyone. Unless you accept your true self, you can’t live the life you should follow and you can’t reach your goals,” Sultana said in a brief silence. “If I die tomorrow, I have no regrets.”

Tash Sultana at Ally Pally in London, UK, June 29, 2019 (Photo by Dara Munnis)

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