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Tanaya Harper

Years Active 2015 - current

Genre Indie, Rock, Pop

Members Tanaya Harper

Describe Your Sound

Tanaya combines her airy tone and silken melodies with insightful lyricism, depicting her personal experiences with depression, anxiety and living with bipolar disorder. There’s a moodiness, a sadness and utter transparency in her songs.

‘Reliable’ sources suggest Tanaya’s sound carries with it hints of a childhood filled with Aussie rock influences such as; Powder Finger and Silverchair. That, paired with the sweet sounds of Sixpence None The Richer and an adoration for Sharon Van Etten shine through as she constantly keeps it interesting, demonstrating versatility and variety in her work.

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Tanaya Harper
tanayaharpermusic@gmail.com

Formation

I listened to 'Malibu' by Hole a couple hundred times, walked into a secondhand guitar store on Nicholson Street in Carlton and bought a white Fender Strat. I played and played and played, forcing myself to learn bar chords, wrote a few lame songs, and just kept going.

Influences

Growing up I heard a lot of Gwen Stefani/No Doubt, Pj Harvey, Powderfinger, Silverchair, The Beatles, Little Birdy, The Waifs. As I grew older I found Sarah Blasko, Billie Holiday, Tv on the Radio, Sharon Van Etten, Sibylle Baier, Jeff Buckley, Elliott Smith, Emily Haines (and the Soft Skeleton), Brian Jonestown Massacre, Thom Yorke, Angel Olsen and Amy Winehouse. Each of these artists influenced me in some way, whether it be; stage presence, lyricism, intonation, vocal tone and melody, song structure, chords choices or style.

Shared Bills With

Jen Cloher Jess Locke Alex the Astronaut Stella Donnelly Lucy Peach The Floors Carla Geneve Body Type Dianas BOAT SHOW Dream Rimmy Oosterbanger End Of Fashion Kopano Grace Sanders Pat Chow The Love Junkies NEW TALK Dumbleachers FLOSSY FOAM Jacob Diamond

Career Highlights

Release of The Cyclist, 'Sapa Inca Delirium' album on Hypercolour, 2017
Supporting Alex the Astronaut @ JRS, 2017
RTRFM BIG 40, Slightly Odway Orchestra, 2017
North Freo Pub Crawl, 2018

Current Activity

Right now Tanaya is gearing up to release her debut single 'Graceless', followed by a video clip before releasing her debut EP 'Some Kinds' through Melbourne label, Healthy Tapes late June.

Shared Members With

Ongoing - Lead singer/Rhythm Guitar - Bells Rapids (Sara Jane McPherson, Stella Donnelly, Talya Valenti) Ongoing - Bass player - Ghost Care (Beau Torrence, Luke Del Fante)

Releases by Tanaya Harper

Album

Sapa Inca Delirium
2017

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