Tash Sultana

FRESH: ‘Can’t Buy Happiness’ – Tash Sultana

Tash Sultana releases her brand new single “Can’t Buy Happiness”.

by Christopher Smith

Australian singer Tash Sultana has released a stunning new song “Can’t Buy Happiness”. Completely self written and produced, “Can’t Buy Happiness” is an emotional and raw song, that showcases Tash’s incredible vocals.

Reflecting on the track, Tash says: “Here’s a little piece quite unlike the others. See I used to write music like this all the time, but I feel like it wasn’t the right moment to release it. My head’s in a different place and my ears are as well. I guess this is what happens when you’re feeling good within”.

Released in conjunction with the new song is the explosive official video. Dara Munnis, the director and long time tour photographer/videographer explains: “The first time I heard “Can’t Buy Happiness” was when Tash called me into the shower room attached to her dressing room in the Thunderbird Arena in Vancouver, BC to hear how cool the acoustics were. When a few months later I was played the full studio recording, I was first struck with how the song had grown and morphed from a simple acoustic jam, to a massive wall-of-sound explosive hit. I figured it would be interesting to try and match that growth in the visual that would accompany the song”.

“Over the next few weeks, in tandem with Australian cinematographer Patrick Rohl, we hatched the narrative of rebuilding that shower room scene and shooting a performance video in it, but when the song explodes into life in the second chorus, the shower room follows suit, providing a massive exciting visual to match the dynamic of the song. Everything was built and shot over two days in a studio in Melbourne, and it’s all completely real, with no visual effects in use whatsoever.”

Tash is already off to a flying start in 2019, with her massive sold out Australia headline tour, where she has sold over 67,000 tickets around the country. Tash recently revealed ‘The Story So Far’, a new three-part documentary series in partnership with YouTube Music, that shows Tash’s journey from bedroom performances and busking to sold-out world tours. Check out the first episode now on Tash’s channel, with episodes two and three to follow.

Tash will once again headline Byron Bay’s Bluesfest in April and will then be heading to the US for a headline tour, followed by UK and Europe in July, where she will be performing at London’s Alexandra Palace on June 28. Tash recently announced a headline show at the iconic Red Rocks in Colorado.

2018 was one of the biggest years in Tash’s career to date, with the release of her debut album “Flow State”, which debuted at #1 on the ARIA Australian Artist Album Chart and also debuted on charts across the globe. Tash was nominated for six ARIA awards, with “Flow State” winning the ARIA for Best Blues & Roots Album. The album was also nominated for the prestigious Triple J Australian Album of the Year award. Other recent accolades include, 400 Million worldwide streams, “Jungle” certified Platinum, “Notion” certified Platinum, “Notion” EP, “Mystik” and “Murder To The Mind” certified Gold.

In the last 18 months, Tash has toured 20 countries, sold over 500,000 tickets, and even made music history in London where she became the first artist in the world to sell out three dates at London’s Brixton Academy without an album released.

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!