IWD Feature: Female up-and-comers


To celebrate International Women’s Day we are featuring some of our favourite Australian ladies killing it in the local music scene.

Here are a few to plug into your ear holes.

1) Alex the Astronaut

Sydney songstress Alex the Astronaut is taking things to a new level with her take on folk music combined with electronic and pop (‘folktronica’ if you will). This multi-talented lady is currently studying Maths and Physics on a soccer scholarship in New York, but still finds the time to let out her creativity through music. She recently released a new single, ‘Rockstar City’, and is now getting ready to show the world her upcoming EP ‘To Whom It May Concern’, due March 31st. Hopefully then she’ll make the journey back home for a few EP release shows.

2) Maddy Jane

Hobart’s Maddy Jane has wowed us with her strong vocals and knack for writing extremely catchy melodies. Her latest single ‘Drown It Out’ is no exception to this and you will find yourself humming along all day (don’t say we didn’t warn you). Maddy Jane has had a busy few months playing shows across the country, and is about to embark on a nationwide tour supporting Kingswood.

3) Jess Locke

Jess Locke is a multi-instrumentalist from Melbourne who has perfected her brand of ‘melancholic-folk-pop’. She grew up on the beaches of the Central Coast but is now embracing the city life, with both of these scenic influences intertwined in her music. Jess Locke is currently on tour with Ceres, playing Howler this Friday, and is then heading to New Zealand for a tour with Carb on Carb.

4) Emily Wurramara

Brisbane’s Emily Wurramara has been a promising musician from a young age, writing her first song when she was only nine years old. Known for her beautiful vocals and heartfelt lyrics, Emily is determined to be a voice for those unheard. Tonight she is playing at the Unity: International Women’s Day Concert at Brunswick Town Hall, alongside other influential ladies including Chelsea Wilson and Ajak Kwai.

5) Nyxen

Sydney producer Nyxen shows just what it’s like to have fun while making music. Her relaxed attitude is the foundation to her sound, and her poppy tunes create an upbeat and feel-good atmosphere. Nyxen draws influence from a wide spectrum, and you can hear this diversity in her two track EP ‘Running’. Nyxen’s next gig will be at the Rabbits Eat Lettuce festival during the Easter long weekend.