Dan Sultan has been a singular musical presence in Australia since the release of his first album, 2006’s Homemade Biscuits, straddling genres and celebrating the diversity of his audiences. All the while, he’s also become one of the country’s most revered songwriters.
For a songwriter who quickly became a household name and has played every Australian festival under the sun, touring the Blackbird album for a mammoth two months to sold-out venues defined ‘living the dream.’ Taking its name from Nashville’s Blackbird Studios, the album resonated with audiences and industry alike, winning three NIMAs, the 2014 ARIA for Best Rock Album and was certified gold.
Just months after it debuted in the top five of the ARIA Albums Chart, Sultan’s fourth album Killer was nominated for Best Rock Album and Best Independent Release at the 2017 ARIA Awards. Sultan was nominated for Best Male Artist, not for the first time.
Sultan’s 2018 release, Killer Under A Blood Moon, recorded at Red Moon Studios with producer Jan Skubiszewski, is testament to the respect Sultan garners in his peers. Four songs, four days in a timber-clad studio set in the sweeping Macedon Ranges, northwest of Melbourne. Dan Sultan arrived with his guitar each morning not knowing how the selected tracks from his album, Killer, would be reinterpreted by the brightest names in Australian music: A.B. Original, Camp Cope, Meg Mac, and Gang of Youths frontman Dave Le’aupepe.
The first project to see the light of day in 2019 was the aptly titled Aviary Takes, a collection of older, existing back catalogue songs and a smattering of new tracks including a couple of out-of-the-blue covers and fresh tunes stripped back and all recorded in ‘one vocal take’ at The Aviary Studio’s in inner city Melbourne.
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