Next Big Thing

Presented by Red Bull

Getting in on the ground floor has always been our jam. These six Sydney up ’n’ comers are right on the cusp and we’re crowd-sourcing our crystal ball work, asking you to help us predict who’ll be hitting the big time next. Let us know which of these “only a matter of time” type of acts is the “only a matter of time”-est of them all.

 

Shady Nasty

Shady Nasty

Unpredictable, considered, and dark, Shady Nasty got even more ominous this year with their single ‘Get Buff’. The Sydney three piece advanced their threat with effect-heavy, alt punk hip hop, infused with the band’s signature barked vocals. Encrypted, seeping rhythms make ‘Get Buff’ a challenging listen that’s well worth the trudge. This year they’ve dominated the Sydney live music scene – provoking crowds, splitting ears, banging heads, and setting in stone that no band in Sydney does things quite like Shady Nasty.

Photo: Andreas Damouras

Tasman Keith

Tasman Keith

Respect, community, ancestry, legacy and the future. That’s the essence of the hip hop of Gumbaynggirr man Tasman Keith, son of trailblazing Indigenous MC Wire. Using music as a medium to continue the storytelling traditions of his community, as well as write a new history by living up and giving back. His sound defies traditional hip hop categorisations, blending nuances of 90s West Coast rap, the laid-back grooves of neo-funk, and the emotiveness of R&B.

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Andy Garvey

Andy Garvey

Music producer, esteemed radio presenter, Pure Space label boss and NECTAR co-founder Andy Garvey this year proved once again that she is nothing short of a force to be reckoned with in Australia’s dance music landscape. The release of her EP ‘Eternal Recurrence’ signals an exciting new chapter in Andy’s career, featuring a confident mix of acid, breaks and deep house, and emanating its own worth in spades.

Photo: Alex Johnstone

imbi the girl

imbi the girl

The ever-articulate, poetic and powerful singer-songwriter imbi the girl has had an impressive year, boasting performances at St Jerome’s Laneway Festival, BIGSOUND, and Party in the Paddock, as well as supports for Odette and Split Syndicate. imbi the girl is a generous performer, not only in their soulful and affecting vocals, but the inclusivity they bring to shows. Building songs on slow basslines and heavy kicks and snares, imbi the girl creates a space for their sound to move around and breathe, and inspire awe in all its erratic, unapologetic truth. 

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EGOISM

EGOISM

Indie pop duo EGOISM truly came into their own this year, dropping two unmistakably self assured singles, and clocking some serious airtime on both community and national broadcasters. Through explosive choruses, and lush, catchy melodies, EGOISM tracks sound like early 2000s odes – bittersweet, nostalgic and really damn pretty. 

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A.GIRL

A.GIRL

Heralding the new guard of hip hop up-and-comers direct from Western Sydney is RnB songstress A.GIRL – the moniker of Hinenui-Terangi Tairua. Her singles ‘Play’ and ‘2142’ are loaded with synths, thundering kick drums, and her signature silky sweet vocals, expertly harnessing sensual RnB stylings to tell stories from the suburbs she calls home. A.GIRL is serving artistry, sensuality, storytelling and swagger at the tender age of 19, so she’s sure to wow us for years to come.

Photo: Kumehanik