Rosie Burgess

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Rosie Burgess
Also known as Panika, DJ Phobic
Born (1978-01-06) 6 January 1978 (age 40)
Origin Melbourne, Australia
Genres Folk, roots, blues, hip hop, electronic
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Vocals, electric violin, harmonica, ukulele, guitar, mandolin, drum kit
Years active 2005–present
Labels Sound Vault, Fogsongs/MGM, Payne Street
Associated acts Rosie Burgess Set, Rosie Burgess Trio

Rosie Burgess (born 6 January 1978) is an Australian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Since 2010, she has fronted the Rosie Burgess Trio, a folk, roots and blues band, with Sam Lohs on percussion and Tim Bennett on bass guitar.[1] In 2004 Burgess had a side project as a hip hop, electronic artist, Panika, and she also worked as DJ Phobic.

Rosie Burgess has recorded five albums: Viewed (Though a Little Distracted) (2 February 2005), Humble Pie (5 May 2007), Wait for the World (13 October 2008),[2] Leap (1 November 2010),[3] and Before I Set Sail (2 March 2012).


Rosie Burgess was born on 6 January 1978, she was raised in Melbourne with an older brother. At the age of four, Burgess started playing piano.[4] Her instrumentation includes electric violin, harmonica, ukulele, guitar, mandolin, and a makeshift drum kit.[5] In 2004, she worked in Melbourne as a hip hop electronic artist, under the name Panika, and issued a five-track extended play, 2 for Breathing, in November of that year.[6][7] Also in that year, she performed as DJ Phobic, mixing "underground Australian hip hop with her own trax".[7] In June 2007, National radio station, Triple J's Zan Rowe named Panika's track "Bezerk" as her Catch of the Day and felt it was "a great tune, short and snappy with some tidy production" as an example of "Uke-hop? Yep, ukelele with hip-hop beats. Very tidy stuff".[6] As an acoustic folk singer-songwriter she issued, Viewed (Though a Little Distracted), in February 2005.

Burgess' recordings and live performances have been met with critical praise. According to Soulshine's reviewer in 2006, her "quirky and original tunes are captivating audiences wherever she goes. Her high energy live shows and many live-to-air radio performances have secured her a growing fan base of acoustic blues & roots lovers around the globe".[8] She signed with Fogsongs, a Sydney publishing group, and her album, Humble Pie, which appeared in May 2007 was distributed by MGM Distribution.[9][10] Later that year, Groove Merchants' writer noted that by "Playing straight from the heart, Rosie keeps herself warm with her skillful rootsy guitar, harmonica and mandolin playing, singing up a storm everytime she takes the stage. Her music flows out of her whole body – at times edgy and intense, at times raw and beautiful, it is always original and gripping".[11]

In 2008, Burgess received a grant of $6000 from Arts, Victoria to undertake a tour of Western Australia including performing at the Nannup Festival in March.[12] She has performed extensively in Australia and North America at festivals such as the Woodford Folk Festival, Musikfest, and California Worldfest.[1] She has toured the United States and Canada.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Rosie Burgess is a self-taught musician and formed her own record label, Payne Street Records in 2001.[4] She became a vegetarian from age 14; since 2001, she has been a vegan and is an animal rights activist.[4] She resides in Melbourne with her son.[13][14]



  • Viewed (Though a Little Distracted) (2 February 2005)
  • Genetically Modified (by Panika) (20 May 2006) Sound Vault
  • Humble Pie (5 May 2007) Fogsongs/MGM Distribution
  • Wait for the World (13 October 2008)
  • Raw (Live at the Wesley Anne) (by Rosie Burgess Set) (live album, 15 June 2009)
  • Leap (by Rosie Burgess Trio) (1 November 2010)
  • Before I Set Sail (by Rosie Burgess Trio) (2 March 2012)

Extended plays[edit]

  • 2 for Breathing (by Panika) (29 November 2004) Sound Vault
  • Handful, Part One (by Rosie Burgess) (21 October 2016)
  • Handful, Part Two (by Rosie Burgess) (2017)


  1. ^ a b Kennelly, Stacey (2011) "Pushin' the Fun", Chico News & Review, 18 August 2011. Retrieved 25 August 2014
  2. ^ "Wait for the World". AllMusic. Retrieved 21 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "ARIA New Releases Albums – Week Commencing 1st November 2010" (PDF). The ARIA Report!. Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) (1079): 33. 1 November 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 November 2010. Retrieved 21 August 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c Dubrich, Kylie. "An Interview with Rosie Burgess". Kylie’s Vegan Corner. Abolitionist Online. Archived from the original on 27 September 2006. Retrieved 27 August 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Winterflood, Julia (3 November 2010). "TidBits: The Rose Burgess Trio". BMA Magazine. Archived from the original on 27 October 2010. Retrieved 20 August 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Rowe, Zan (22 June 2007). "Catch of the Day: Panika – 'Bezerk'". Run with the Hunted. Triple J (Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)). Retrieved 21 August 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "2 for Breathing Panika". JB Hi-Fi. Retrieved 21 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "Rosie Burgess". Soulshine. 2006. Archived from the original on 15 November 2010. Retrieved 21 August 2014. 
  9. ^ Eliezer, Christie (27 March 2007). "Christie Eliezer's Festival & Tour Guide". In Music & Media (549). Archived from the original on 18 February 2008. Retrieved 27 August 2014. 
  10. ^ Burgess, Rosie; Bradshaw, Derek; Murray, Anthony; Wright, Michelle; Busch, Austin (2007), Humble pie, Fogsongs: MGM [distributor]. National Library of Australia, retrieved 21 August 2014 
  11. ^ "Rosie Burgess". Groove Merchants. 2007. Retrieved 27 August 2014. 
  12. ^ "Rosie Burgess". Arts Victoria (Government of Victoria). Retrieved 27 August 2014. 
  13. ^ Beat HQ (February 2012). "The Count with... Rosie Burgess Trio". Beat Magazine. Furst Media. Retrieved 27 August 2014. 
  14. ^ Admin2 (October 2010). "Artist Spotlight: Melbourne's Rosie Burgess". CherryGRRL. Retrieved 27 August 2014. 

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