Interview: Winston Surfshirt

The six-piece musical collective that originated with one single artist, are now taking over the genre that is a groovy blend of funk, soul and hip-hop. Winston began his solo career as a singer/rapper/producer based in Sydney, before adopting five other local artists to join him on his musical expedition.

Winston, along with Mi-K, The Bone, Bik Julio, Dool and Bustlip, have gained a devoted following to accompany their unique musical vibe, and certainly gained more after their visit to Tasmania with the 25th tour of the Falls Festival. Despite the scorching hot sun and lack of shade for the group on stage, Winston Surfshirt still know how to throw an insane stage party.

Marion Bay was amazing! There was some serious heat, but everyone stayed hydrated and partied through it. Tasmanian’s know how to party!

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The group have performed to sold-out crowds at their Australian tour headline shows, as well as supporting the tours of Splendour in The Grass, Rüfüs and Midnight Oil‘s comeback tour.

Over the past five years, we’ve witnessed Winston Surfshirt evolve into their current state of musical euphoria, uniting a vast range of musical influences and instruments into their songs and performances. Their most recent album release, Sponge Cake, hit the charts instantly after it’s launch early last year. In no time at all, the album had placed #1 on the iTunes R&B/Soul Charts, was named #2 Apple Music Best Album of the Week, #6 on iTunes’ Album Charts, along with their hit single, Be About You, taking the ‘cake’ with the #1 position on the Australian Spotify Viral Charts.

It’s really hard to pick a favourite one [song] from the album. We love performing Ali D live, though. The crowd gets a proper groove on for that one. We don’t have a routine ritual before heading on stage to perform, although, we do like to have a drink. It’s hard work, you know.”

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Winston shocked the party-goers of the mosh pit at the Tassie leg of the Falls Festival after disappearing mid-song. All of a sudden, there pops his head out of the back of the crowd as he surfs through the mosh pit back to the stage, mic in hand – rapping still in progress and on point. Amidst the wild performances, there are always bound to be fans just as wild.

The craziest [person] I’ve probably witnessed was somebody being sick in the crowd and carrying on with the party. I’ve also had a lovely lady fall asleep on a fold-back [chair]. She had a big night.”

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2017 proved to be the year of the Surfshirts – so what can we expect to see from the rising group this year? They seem to have it all figured out.

2018 will be full of more and more music. And many more parties.”


Listen to Winston Surfshirt’s debut album, Sponge Cake, here.

You can also find their website here, or try clicking here for their Facebook, or maybe even here to follow them on Instagram.

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A big thank you to Winston and the whole group, and to Lucy, Tom and Vic from Astral People for making this groovy interview happen.

 

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