Emerging from Brisbane via the Gold Coast, Phoebe Sinclair is the latest voice on the Australian pop landscape.
The self-confessed emotional wreck, turned sad-banger songstress, is making an impact with her combination of soulful vocals and intriguing lyricism.
“Whiplash” was written with long-time writing partner Lara Frew & Brisbane’s Jeremy Neale (from Velociraptor) and discusses the gruelling nature of doing all you can to keep a relationship going only to be met with lukewarm responses.
‘Have you ever had a relationship that involved someone telling you, “you are the only person who can fix what’s wrong”, only to then in fact be an isolated outlet for them to take their issues out on? I have, and it sucked. I’d go out of my way to do whatever I could to help this person, believing that I really was the only person that could help. Any rational outsider can see how one-sided and irredeemable this relationship is but when you’re in the thick of it it’s easy to excuse irrational behaviour in exchange for feeling special. Much like Whiplash, it knocks you about and the side-effects will likely last longer than anticipated.’
Her live show is backed by a 4-piece all girl ensemble and Sinclair oozes confidence and power, her electro anthems have an inescapable energy and an empowering attitude, reminiscent of pop powerhouses Robinson, Wafia & Ellie Goulding.
Influenced by kick-ass women in music, Sinclair co-founded the songwriting duo Middleman alongside Lara Frew. Together the pair has written with artists in the US, Canada, Sweden, France, Lebanon, New Zealand, Germany, Netherlands, Peru, UK and at home in Australia. Having spent the past couple years writing for other artists, Sinclair’s own music bites with a newfound understanding of herself, what she stands for, and how her experiences can connect to listeners.
Selling out her early 2020 show at Brisbane’s Milk Factory, Sinclair’s performances are an experience not to be missed. Performing at BIGSOUND 2018’s Gold Coast showcase, supporting artist for Melbourne’s dreamy sad-pop artist Elizabeth, a sold-out 2020 show with Sofar Sounds, and at a string of sets at high calibre festivals including Surfers Paradise Live, Brisbane Festival &
*Bleach Festival, “Sinclair has all the markers to be Australia’s next big breakout artist.”