- 27 Jul 17
Australian multi-instrumentalist Tash Sultana first shot to international stardom with her viral single ‘Jungle’ last year. She talks about the rigours of touring, her busking background, and recovering from drug-induced psychosis. Interview: Peter McGoran
Natasha Sultana – an extraordinary one-woman-band with a legion of followers from across the world – is a difficult person to reach. Delayed by the Dublin traffic because of a Green Day concert happening across town, Tash is only midway through her soundcheck when I arrive at Vicar Street to interview her before her show.
I’m not complaining about this. It’s an interesting experience to be given access to a musician at their most focused – when all the artifice of a performance is taken away. From the side of the stage, I can hear Tash confidently directing her sound-crew and perfecting each individual song. But apart from her bare feet moving across a section of carpet, I can barely see her amidst the forest of instruments and computers.
I do eventually get to speak to her in the plush backstage surroundings. She’s flanked by a tour manager, a few staff members, and some other administrative people whose roles I’m not sure of (maybe Tash isn’t either). She looks slightly exhausted by the whole affair, and I’m suddenly very apologetic for my presence.