Introducing Winston Surfshirt, the Sydney-based six-piece quickly winning over fans and industry alike with their unique blend of funk, soul and hip-hop – the auditory equivalent of A Tribe Called Quest splitting spliffs with your parent’s favourite band.
With a lauded and unique versatility in their sound, Winston Surfshirt’s past performances range from sold out headline shows across national Australian tours, to festival billing at Splendour In The Grass, Spilt Milk, Falls Festival, Field Day & This That, support slots for Midnight Oil’s comeback tour, underground warehouse gigs and block parties.
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If your music was a person, what would their personality be like? Do you have any character that comes to mind?
They would be shy but after a couple sippy sips, they’d be having a party; by the end of the night, they’re Terry Jones playing an organ in a field wearing nothing but a tie.
What’s the plan for 2018?
We’ve got some music up our sleeves, so we’ll be throwing some of that out to the world and hopefully playing more shows.
What’s on your music bucket list?
I don’t have one yet. I think there’s a certain age acquired to want a bucket list. I’m just gonna keep playing it as it is and see what happens.
If you had to choose an album title as a quote to live by, which one would it be and why?
“Beats, Rhymes & Life” – Tribe Called Quest
What is the most bizarre moment you’ve experienced during a performance?
Many a thing. One winner. A mother who’d come to the show because her kids weren’t 18 yet, had a lil too much to drink and had a nap on a foldback. Legend.
If you could perform in a concert with other musicians/bands of your choosing, who would they be?
Dead or Alive? Tears For Fears. The Human League.
What’s on your Spotify playlist at the moment?
Lots of different things, loving Mahalia at the moment, Kofi Stone, Jorja Smith, SZA, Slum Village always, Ali Green, David Bo Bo, Destiny’s Child 100!
If you could talk to your younger self, what advice would you give about the music industry?
Tough one, cause you kind of have to go through it all I think. Everything good and bad that’s happened to me has helped along the way. Just gotta learn and enjoy it.
What’s in your gig bag?
Chords, Pedal, Towels, Lots of extra t’s, Grandad’s ol’ wallet, Puffa, Sammy b.
Why do you use Audiofly IEMs?
They’re such a good sound, we managed to use them on the last Groovin’ the moo tour and they were amazing. We’ve only recently moved to IEMs and it’s such a huge difference. I tend to go walk about so one of the sound guys has to point the system towards me. Works a charm.
Check out their MV, Be About You, below: