Electric Fields

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Electric Fields
OriginAustralia
GenresElectronic[1]
Years active2015–present
MembersZaachariaha Fielding
Michael Ross

Electric Fields are an Aboriginal Australian electronic music duo made up of vocalist Zaachariaha Fielding and keyboard player and producer Michael Ross.[2] Electric Fields combine modern electric-soul music with Aboriginal culture and sing in Pitjantjatjara, Yankunytjatjara and English.[1] The duo have released 1 extended play.

Background[edit]

In 2011, Zaachariaha Fielding auditioned for the third season of The X Factor Australia, performing Tracy Chapman's "Talkin Bout a Revolution". In 2013, Michael Ross auditioned for the fifth season performing Phil Collins' "You Can't Hurry Love".[2]

Since 2015, the duo have been performing as Electric Fields. Their repertoire moves across pop, soul and electronica, while being described as "Daft Punk meets Nina Simone in the Deep Forest".[2]

In June 2016, the duo released their debut EP Inma. Daniel Browning, a presenter and producer of ABC Radio National said "Co-creating music that is as exciting as it is emotionally moving – the beauty and sheer power of their musicality is breathtaking. Often featuring Zaachariaha's traditional languages of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara people, Electric Fields music ranges from pop to epic-scale electronic works, through to intensely intimate story-songs."[3] Their music was played at the Spirit Festival 2016 and Adelaide Fashion Festival 2016 and on Triple J. [4]

In 2016, the duo won the Emily Burrows Award; an award given to recognise and further the professional development of original South Australian music artists or bands.[5]

The duo won Best New Talent of the Year at the 2017 National Indigenous Music Awards.[6] The duo was nominated for Artist of the Year at the 2018 National Indigenous Music Awards.[7]

In December 2018, the duo was announced as one of the entrants in Australia Decides; the live show in February 2019 to determine who will represent Australia at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2019. The duo said "The Eurovision Song Contest is the Olympics of camp! It's a flamboyant spectacle and we're excited to be part of the first ever Eurovision selection show on home soil. We want to tell a story on stage with fierce energy that will hopefully shoot through the cameras and out of the TV screens at home."[6] Electric Fields performed at the competition with their song "2000 and Whatever" on 9 February 2019 and came second in both Jury and Audience vote, and second overall.

Discography[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details
Inma

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak
chart
positions
Album
AUS
[9]
"2000 and Whatever"[10] 2019 38 Australia Decides

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "MUSICIANS Electric Fields". Creative Spirits. 17 November 2018. Retrieved 2 February 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "Electric Fields: Don't try putting us in a box". Sydney Morning Herald. 5 October 2017. Retrieved 2 February 2019.
  3. ^ "Inma by Electric Fields". CD Baby. Retrieved 2 February 2019.
  4. ^ "ELECTRIC FIELDS". Select Music. 2 February 2019.
  5. ^ "Emily Burrows Award recipients hit WOMADelaide". APRA AMCOS. 9 March 2017. Retrieved 2 February 2019.
  6. ^ a b "Electric Fields to compete for Eurovision place". SBS. 4 December 2018. Retrieved 2 February 2019.
  7. ^ "Baker Boy, Kardajala Kirridarra, Jessica Mauboy amongst National Indigenous Music Award nominees". The AU Review. 9 July 2018. Retrieved 2 February 2019.
  8. ^ "Inma EP". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 2 February 2019.
  9. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 40 Digital Tracks" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association. 18 February 2019. Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  10. ^ "2000 and Whatever". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 2 February 2019.

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