Winston Surfshirt

Introducing Winston Surfshirt, the Sydney-based band quickly winning over fans and industry alike with their unique blend of soul and hip-hop – the auditory equivalent of A Tribe Called Quest splitting spliffs with your parent’s favourite band.

Having developed a cult following with their smooth style and raucous live shows, the band originally emerged as the solo project of singer/rapper/producer Winston Surfshirt, before organically adopting other local artists and snowballing into what is now a six-piece musical collective.

While cutting their teeth on the Sydney underground scene in 2014, Winston Surfshirt quickly won over a religiously loyal fan base. Thereafter, 2016 saw namesake Winston earn nods from triple j and Majestic Casual for the buttery-smooth solo vocal feature he laid on Polographia’s hit track, ‘Sly’.

In 2017 Winston Surfshirt were “the stars of the show”, as touted by Sir Elton John, who counts himself a vocal fan, among others including Zane Lowe (Beats1), Jason Bentley (KCRW) and Huw Stephens (BBC Radio 1). After a shining start to 2017 supporting RÜFÜS on their Australian tour and Midnight Oil at their comeback show before their world tour, the band released two critically acclaimed singles – ‘Be About You and ‘Ali D’. With both singles drifting through radio speakers, stereos and headphones around the globe along with a recent sold out national tour, it’d be hard to miss the rapid rise of Winston Surfshirt.

Artist Moos

February 16

‘Get To Know’ – Cosmo’s Midnight x Winston Surfshirt

It’s the collaboration we never knew we needed, but have always dreamed of <3

With the Cosmo’s twins favouring electro-pop danceability and Winston drifting towards soulful R&B and electronica with a dash of surf-rock, you might have wondered how these two artists would fuse, but oh man, ‘Get To Know’ is a friccccccin banger!

It’s not the first time Winston Surfshirt have dabbled in the realm of electronic music either, featuring on Polographia’s 2016 hit ‘Sly’, which had us all shaking our booties. Now add this one and you’ve got 2/2 bootie shaking collab singles, and that’s a damn good track record if you ask us!

‘Get To Know’ has already been on repeat at HQ in the few hours that it’s been online, and we’re pretty sure you’ll be doing the same when you hear it.

ALSO! If you didn’t put it together already, both artists are on the Groovin the Moo 2018 line up, so the odds of them jumping on stage with each other to play this track live are high, but what do we know? 😉

Listen to ‘Get To Know’ right here:

 

 


April 10

Winston Surfshirt plays ‘Who Takes The Sponge Cake’

On a delicious Saturday arvo in Manly, we caught up with our boys Winston Surfshirt in their sunny backyard pad for a delightful picnic, hosted by their new mum Mary.

She baked a sponge cake because she loves their album ‘Sponge Cake’ so much, though can you blame her?!

Winston & Co. put Mary’s sponge cake + two other cakes to the test to decide which one they liked best.

The result? Well you’ll just have to see for yourself.

Let’s play… Who Takes The Sponge Cake! 🍰🍰🍰


April 16

GTM 2018 Predictions!

Last year’s Groovin the Moo saw SO many epic, had-to-be-there moments at each show. From the likes of both Loyle Carner and Montaigne joining the Thundamentals boys on stage, to Vera Blue blowing away the Slumberjack crowd singing ‘Fracture’ live, not to mention George Maple guesting on ‘Something About You’ during Hayden James’ incredible show.

We’ve just scratched the surface here on the potential collaborations and surprises you could expect this year. Let’s get the predictions rolling for 2018!

 

Cosmo’s Midnight x Winston Surfshirt – ‘Get To Know’ LIVE

It would almost be an insult if these two acts didn’t join forces for a live version of their latest collaboration ‘Get To Know’. If you watched their ‘Get To Know’ video we posted, this one is almost certain! Get your butt to Cosmo’s set and thank us later.

Odds: Very likely – All shows

Paul Kelly x A.B.Original

After their crazy good Like A Version doing a rendition of Paul Kelly’s ‘Dumb Things’ and the three being very good friends, we can see lots of potential for something magical here!

Odds: Unlikely – But if anything Bendigo?

Mallrat x Allday

‘UFO’ is a bloody banger, and these two are the best of friends. We think seeing the two jump up on stage together may be a stretch as Allday is currently based in LA, but it’s not out of the realm of possibility by any means.

Odds: Likely – Bendigo or Townsville?

DJ YELLA x Aminé/ Lady Leshurr?

Ahh. We can dream can’t we? How good would this be though!

Odds: Highly unlikely

Vera Blue performing a ‘Lady Powers’ ballad with other GTM ladies

We have a multitude of talented ladies on our touring and local line up, from Mallrat to Tkay, Alex Lahey, Lady Leshurr & Sampa, how cool would it be so see an empowering display of ‘Lady Powers’ with potential vocal features like these?! Let’s hope these ladies do some serious bonding over the tour and surprise us with something special.

Odds: Likely – Bunbury

Tkay x Basenji ‘Mistakes’

Epic song, fitting for an epic festival! Basenji is Sydney based, so there’s potential he could get a call up for either Maitland or Canberra for a special surprise. Seeing this live would be anything but a mistake!

Odds: Likely – Maitland or Canberra

Grinspoon x Violent Soho

It’s happened before. Grinspoon’s Phil Jaimeson joined the Soho crew on stage last year in Maitland for a ripper of a Grinspoon classic with 1995’s ‘More Than You Are’. Will it happen again? After seeing how much fun Phil had last year, there is definitely potential for more fun to be had!

Odds: Unlikely but if it does happen, we’re thinking Townsville

 

Feature image photo credit: Brayden Smith


April 12

‘Get To Know’ with Winston Surfshirt & Cosmo’s Midnight

Ever wondered how Winston Surfshirt & Cosmo’s Midnight’s collaboration ‘Get To Know’ came about? Of course you have!

We gave the guys YOUR user submitted Instagram questions to answer, while they taste tested a range of bevvy options available at the festival and got to know each other a little better. 😋

 

Beverages featured:

Capital Brewing Co – Coast Ale

Cattleyard – Pale Ale

James Squire – One Fifty Lashes Pale Ale

XXXX – Summer Bright Lager

*Drink responsibly


April 26

Mookhi remix’s Winston Surfshirt’s ‘FreeForYou’

Ahead of Winston Surfshirt’s Sponge Cake Rebaked EP dropping tomorrow, we got an early treat in the form of Mooki’s remix of ‘FreeForYou’. Take a listen;

It’s a real sugary taste of what’s to come from the EP tomorrow and we think Mookhi has absolutely nailed it. YTG! 👊

Here’s what Mookhi had to say about the track; “I had to have two cracks at this as I was pretty overwhelmed to remix an already lush song. The first attempt was weaved into the intro. I wanted to situate the listener in the bush as a stranger walks past with a cassette player. The stranger doesn’t vibe the tune so he flips the tape to side B. I felt I flipped FreeForYou until I got the sound right.” (via earmilk)

If you’re heading along to GTM Maitland or Canberra this weekend, make sure you catch Winston Surfshirt’s set… we hear they’ll have a special guest joining them on stage 😉

ALSO! Mookhi will be playing Canberra on Sunday! Go catch her on THE PLOT stage at 2:05pm

 


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