5 artists from Tasmania that we’re digging right now

It’s that time of year again. The time of year when we scour the depths of Australia and New Zealand to bring you some raw talent as part of our Needle in the Hay vinyl competition.

To celebrate, we’ve been bringing you our favourite artists from each state in the country as well as New Zealand. Next up is Tasmania.

Tasmania often gets a bit of a bad wrap. But as acts like Luca Brasi and Maddie Jane continue to kick ass all over the country, we’re here to reinforce the truth that Tassie is currently boasting a load of brilliant musicians.

We’re looking all over Australia, giving one artist the chance to press their single to vinyl. Here are 5 artists from Tasmania we’re digging.

A. Swayze and The Ghosts

Great band name aside, these guys bring together the best elements of West Coast punk and garage to deliver a raw, sweaty, and energetic punch in the head.

Having already played sets at Falls Festival, A Festival Called Panama, and scoring support slots for The Living End, Total Control, and Batpiss, A. Swayze and The Ghosts are well versed in laying down raucous and chaotic gigs wherever they travel.

Kat Edwards

You may want to pay attention to this name. With a seven track EP under her belt, this 18-year-old high school student is showing every sign of greatness.

Drawing influence from Bon Iver and Margaret Glaspy, Kat Edwards writes heartbreaking, stunning songs that thrive in their simplicity.

Carl Renshaw

If you’re into the fuzzed-out, effects drenched sounds of POND, Tame Impala, and Psychedelic Porn Crumpets, you’re gonna be into Carl Renshaw too. We’ve been digging him for a while.

Renshaw is giving his home state Tasmania a bit of that fuzzy goodness which at times can feel exclusive to WA. Renshaw’s music is a colourful explosion of pure psychedelic charm that you’re bound to fall in love with.

Isla Ka

Fronted and founded by vocalist/guitarist Frankie Andrew, Isla Ka now perform as a three-piece, delivering a lush mix of folk, psych, and pop.

Isla Ka have also made their way around the Tassie festival circuit, having played Falls Festival and Party In The Park. The group are also set to play this year’s Party In The Park too so if you’re heading along, make sure you check them out.

Hayley Couper

For years Hayley Couper has established herself as one of Tassie’s favourite acts. Having previously been awarded ‘Solo Artist of The Year’ at the Amplified Awards, and with a pair of strong singles behind her, Couper continues impress audiences all over with her unique brand of dark, grungy pop rock.


Needle In The Hay is a vinyl competition targeting the next generation of exciting musical talent across Australia. Find out all the details here.

See who won the first Needle in the Hay here.