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Tash Sultana
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Tash Sultana performing in 2017
Background information
Born (1995-06-15) 15 June 1995 (age 23)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
GenresPsychedelic rock, alternative rock, reggae rock, lo-fi
InstrumentsGuitar, vocals, bass, piano, keyboards, trumpet, drums, pan flute, mandolin, saxophone, percussion
Years active2013–present
LabelsLonely Lands Records, Mom+Pop Records, Sony Music Australia

Tash Sultana (born 15 June 1995) is an Australian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist,[1] described as a "one-person band".[2] Sultana's 2016 single "Jungle" was voted into third place in the Triple J Hottest 100, 2016; Sultana also had three songs voted into the Triple J Hottest 100, 2017.[3]

Sultana grew up in Melbourne, and has been playing guitar from the age of three,[1] beginning a career in music through busking.[4] An active musician on Bandcamp since 2013,[5] Sultana's recordings were viewed millions of times on YouTube in 2016. Sultana's EP, Notion, was released on 23 September 2016, followed by a sold-out world tour in early 2017.

Personal life

Australian with half-Maltese ancestry, Sultana was born and grew up in Melbourne, and received a guitar from their grandfather at the age of three. They can play 20 instruments including guitar, bass, trumpet, flute, percussion and saxophone. A self-described drug addict, Sultana developed drug-induced psychosis at the age of 17 and had to undergo several months of therapy to recover.[4] Sultana is nonbinary and uses the pronoun they.[3]


Sultana playing guitar at a live performance in Melbourne

Unable to find regular work, Sultana turned to busking on the streets of Melbourne to make a living.[4] From 2008 to 2012, Sultana was the vocalist of the band Mindpilot with Patrick O'Brien, Emily Daye and David Herbert. This band won several Battles of the Bands competitions in Melbourne. The band split in 2012.[6]

In 2016, Sultana shared a video on social media that garnered one million views within five days.[7] In the same year, they won the J Award for Unearthed Artist of the Year and had two tracks voted into the Triple J Hottest 100, 2016: "Jungle" (No. 3) and "Notion" (No. 32). Both are singles from the EP Notion. Sultana performed at the Woodford Folk Festival, Southbound, and St Jerome's Laneway Festival.[8] Sultana is managed by Lemon Tree Music with whom they signed in June 2016.[9]

A home recording of the single "Jungle" has gained over 40 million views. Sultana went into the studio with producer Nikita Miltiadou and began working on the EP release Notion. In September 2016, they released the EP through their own independent record label, Lonely Lands Records. The EP reached a peak position of number 8 on the ARIA Charts.

Due to the success of Notion, Sultana announced a world tour, including hundreds of shows in Australia, Europe, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. Their father resigned from his job in order to become their roadie. Working with Miltiadou in April 2017, Sultana released "Murder to the Mind", the first single since the release of Notion. It reached number 59 on the Australian Singles chart.[10] Not long after the release of "Murder to the Mind", Sultana was diagnosed with laryngitis, and was forced to cancel and postpone shows across Australia.[11]

In a June 2017 interview, Sultana told Fairfax that the debut album is slated for release in April 2018, after which they had planned to tour, record a second album, tour again, and then take a break and return to normal life.[12] On 25 July 2017, Sultana announced the Homecoming Tour. As part of the tour, they visited Adelaide (Entertainment Centre), Sydney (Hordern Pavilion), Fremantle (Arts Centre), Margaret River (3 Oceans Winery), Melbourne (Margaret Court Arena) and Noosa (Noosa Sporting Grounds), with the Pierce Brothers and Willow Beats as supporting acts.[13]

In October 2017, Sultana announced the premiere of a new single "Mystik" on triple j.[14] Also in October, Sultana made a television debut on Late Night with Seth Meyers, performing "Jungle".[15] They were nominated for four ARIA Awards: Breakthrough Artist, Best Independent Release, Best Blues and Roots Album and Best Australian Live Act).[16]

Following the Homecoming Tour, Sultana continued work on their debut LP, Flow State, released on 31 August 2018.[17]

On 13 June 2018, Sultana sent out a Facebook private message to selected fans, with a video of a sneak peek of a new single titled "Salvation", accompanied by footage in the studio.[citation needed] Sultana announced in June 2018 that the new single would premier on Triple J on 21 June, and was released on 22 June.[17]


Sultana playing the trumpet on stage


Title Details Peak chart positions
Flow State 2 22 18 67 18 12 67 51

Extended play

Title Details Peak chart positions
Yin Yang
  • Released: 2013
  • Label: Tash Sultana
  • Formats: digital download
  • Released: 23 September 2016
  • Label: Lonely Lands
  • Formats: CD, digital download


Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album



"Higher"[29] 2015 non-album singles
"Gemini"[31] 2016 Notion
"Jungle"[34] 39 39
"Murder to the Mind" 2017 59 8 Flow State
"Mystik"[36] 77 8
"Salvation"[37] 2018 200 10
"Harvest Love"[38]
"Free Mind"[39]
"Can't Buy Happiness"[40] 2019 25 TBA

Other charted songs

Title Year Peak chart positions Album

"Seed (Intro)" 2018 28 Flow State
"Big Smoke" 25
"Cigarettes" 15
"Seven" 31

Awards and nominations

APRA Awards

The APRA Awards are presented annually from 1982 by the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA), "honouring composers and songwriters".[42]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2019 Tash Sultana Songwriter of the Year[43] Nominated
"Mystik" Blues & Roots Work of the Year Nominated

ARIA Music Awards

The ARIA Music Awards are annual awards, which recognises excellence, innovation, and achievement across all genres of Australian music. They commenced in 1987. Sultana has won one award from ten nominations.

Year Nominee / work Award Result Ref.
2017 Notion Best Independent Release Nominated [44]
Breakthrough Artists Nominated
Best Blues and Roots Album Nominated
Notion Tour Best Australian Live Act Nominated
2018 Flow State Best Female Artist Nominated [45]
Best Blues and Roots Album Won
Homecoming Tour Best Australian Live Act Nominated
Tash Sultana for Flow State Producer of the Year Nominated
Ben Lopez for Flow State Best Cover Art Nominated
Glenn Mossop and Tash Sultana for "Salvation" Best Video Nominated

Pop Awards

The Pop Awards are presented annually by Pop Magazine, honoring the best in popular music.[46] Tash Sultana has won two awards from two nominations and is the first artist to win multiple Pop Awards.[47]

Year Nominee / work Award Result Ref.
2019 Flow State Album Of The Year Award Won [48]
Tash Sultana Emerging Artist Of The Year Award Won


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