Dance / DJ/Producer / Electronic / Indie / Producer
Princes of electronic-pop with a nu-soul bent, SAFIA were the breakout electronic live act of 2015 in Australia, and they have shown no signs of slowing down. Wielding the unique skill of defying genre as if it were a dark art, their 2013 debut "Listen To Soul, Listen to Blues" enjoyed significant national airplay, moving on to be nominated for the J Award for Unearthed Artist of the Year as well as racking up over 400,000 Soundcloud plays as it steam-rolled into the #1 position on the iTunes Electronic Chart. Their layered, warm production style and intricate vocal stylings of front man Benjamin Joseph won hearts instantly, taking out a position in Triple J's hottest 100 and putting the band on the shortlist of acts bound to break out in 2014. Their sophomore single "Paranoia, Ghosts & Other Sounds" hit the #1 spot on Hype Machine and another Hottest 100 entry. In 2015, came a massive hit single - achieving a TOP 5 in the Australian Singles chart and double platinum sales for their collaboration with Peking Duk – "Take Me Over."
In 2016, SAFIA’s trajectory remains steadily on the up, with over 9 million Spotify streams of their tracks plus 6 million Soundcloud plays, the Canberra-based outfit show no sign of slowing down. Starting the year with a bang, the trio scored #23 ("Embracing Me") and #35 ("Counting Sheep") on the Triple J Hottest 100 songs of the year and are one of the key acts on this years Groovin The Moo festival playing to over 100,000 kids around Australia. With their debut album out and eyes fixed on taking their sound to the world, the future looks bright for SAFIA.
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