Thandi Phoenix is feeling ready for the big stage. And she ought to be. The Aussie singer-songwriter has logged a wealth of experience on the boards of Australia’s loftiest venues, most recently in a support role for Rudimental and Jess Glynne’s national tour.
The soulful newcomer’s profile has been steadily rising in recent years, fueled early on by a collab with Future Classic (Flume, Chet Faker) artist Ta-ku for his 2014 release Songs to Break Up To. The big stage beckoned when Phoenix signed a contract last year with the U.K.’s Island Records.
The first release for 2016 arrived in the shape of “Tell Me Where The Lovers Have Gone,” co-produced by the Mac Bothers, U.K. Drum ‘n’ Bass producer Dushi and Phoenix.
“Lovers” will appear on Phoenix’ debut EP, a project which has the artist bouncing between recording studios in London and her hometown Sydney. The EP, she tells Billboard, is “constantly changing”. Though the release date and its guest collaborator will be “a surprise,” Phoenix says with a laugh.
Phoenix soaked up the opportunity of playing arenas and fields in Australia’s four biggest cities on tour with Rudimental last month. Billboard can exclusively share footage of her experiences performing and relaxing backstage at Sydney’s Horden Pavilion .