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SAFIA is an Australian electronica, indie pop band formed in Canberra. They met at Radford College. They won the Groovin' the Moo competition in 2012 and were featured on Peking Duk's ARIA top 10 single, "Take Me Over".[1]

SAFIA
OriginCanberra, ACT, Australia
GenresElectronic, indie pop
Years active2009 (2009)–present
Labels
  • SAFIA (2012–present)
  • Parlophone (2015–present)
Associated actsPeking Duk, Alison Wonderland
MembersBen Woolner
Michael Bell
Harry Sayers

The band says the name comes from a song they wrote called "Sapphire", but it does not mean anything. The band have since found out that safia means serenity in Arabic.[2]

When it comes to the band's influences, they claim to have a very broad range of styles and genres but list artists like Purity Ring, Major Lazer, Feed Me, Chet Faker, Disclosure and James Blake.[2]

The band has also opened for Twenty One Pilots during their 2017 Emotional Roadshow Tour Pacific Leg which started in Wellington, New Zealand.

On 30 June 2016, the band announced the title of its debut album, Internal, which was released on 9 September 2016 and peaked at number 2 on the ARIA Charts.

On 13 October 2017, Safia released "Cellophane Rainbow".

In 2018, they released "Freakin' Out", which was the first track they wrote after their album "Internal".[3]

Contents

Band membersEdit

  • Ben Woolner – vocals/producer
  • Michael Bell – drums/producer
  • Harry Sayers – guitars/synths/producer

[4]

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

Title Album details Peak chart positions
AUS
[5]
Internal[6] 2
Story's Start or End

SinglesEdit

As lead artistEdit

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
AUS
[5]
AUS
Indie

[8]
"Listen to Soul, Listen to Blues" 2013 99 8 non-album singles
"Paranoia, Ghosts & Other Sounds" 2014
"You Are the One" 9
"Counting Sheep" 2015 55 5
"Embracing Me" 69 N/A Internal
"Make Them Wheels Roll" 2016 45
"Over You" 63
"My Love Is Gone"
"Cellophane Rainbow"[9] 2017 Story's Start or End
"Freakin' Out"[10] 2018 non-album single
"Starlight"[11] Story's Start or End
"Resolution"[12] 2019
"Think We're Not Alone"[13]
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.
  • In 2015, Safia signed with Parlophone. From "Embracing Me", their songs are ineligible for the Australian Indie chart.

As featured artistEdit

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
AUS
[5]
NZ
[14]
"Take Me Over"
(Peking Duk featuring SAFIA)
2014 6 32
  • ARIA: 2× Platinum[15]
Songs to Sweat To

Other appearancesEdit

List of other non-single song appearances
Title Year Album
"Take it to Reality"
(Alison Wonderland featuring SAFIA)
2015 Run
"Left Hand Free" Like a Version: Volume Eleven

Music videosEdit

List of music videos by SAFIA
Title Year Director
"Listen to Soul, Listen to Blues"[16] 2013 Jimmy Ennett
"Paranoia, Ghosts & Other Sounds"[17] 2014 Jimmy Ennett and Jaeger Vallejera
"You Are the One"[18] Jimmy Ennett
"Take Me Over"
(Peking Duk featuring SAFIA)[19]
Jeff Johnson and Max Miller
"Counting Sheep"[20] 2015 Jimmy Ennett
"Embracing Me"[21]
"Take it to Reality"
(Alison Wonderland featuring SAFIA)[22]
"Make Them Wheels Roll"[23] 2016 Jimmy Ennett
"Zion"[24] SAFIA
"Over You"[25] Markus Hofko
"My Love Is Gone"[26] Anthony Bristol
"Cellophane Rainbow"[27] 2017 Jaeger Vallejera
"Freakin' Out"[28] 2018 Jimmy Annett
"Starlight" (Multiverse Video) [29]
"Resolution"[30] 2019 George Thomson & Lukas Schrank

Awards and nominationsEdit

AIR AwardsEdit

Since 2006 the Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR) have run their annual AIR Awards.[31]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2014 "Paranoia, Ghosts & Other Sounds" BEST INDEPENDENT DANCE, ELECTRONICA OR CLUB SINGLE Nominated

ARIA Music AwardsEdit

Since 1987 the ARIA Music Awards have run annual awards.

Year Category Nominated artist/work Result
2015 Best Dance Release "Take Me Over" (Peking Duk featuring Safia) Nominated

APRA AwardsEdit

Since 1982 the APRA Awards are run by Australian Performing Right Association to recognise songwriting skills, sales and airplay performance by its members annually.

Year Category Nominated artist/work Result
2016 Most played Australian Work "Take Me Over" (Peking Duk featuring Safia) Won
Dance work of the Year

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Sea N Beats line up - Safia". Retrieved 23 July 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Artist Profile - Safia". www.bmamag.com. 9 April 2013. Retrieved 23 July 2015.
  3. ^ "Exclusive Interview with 3 Piece Indie Pop Band Safia". viralbpm.com. Retrieved 27 September 2018.
  4. ^ "Triple J UnEarthed". www.triplejunearthed.com. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  5. ^ a b c Peak chart positions in Australia:
  6. ^ "SAFIA Announce Debut Album, Drop A New Song From It And Reveal National Tour Dates". Music Feeds. 30 June 2016. Retrieved 30 June 2016.
  7. ^ "Internal (Vinyl)". JB Hi-Fi. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  8. ^ Peak chart positions for independent singles in Australia:
  9. ^ "Cellphane Rainbow - single". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 13 October 2017.
  10. ^ "Freakin' Out - single". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  11. ^ "Starlight - single". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  12. ^ "Resolution - single". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 9 May 2019.
  13. ^ "SAFIA SOPHOMORE ALBUM LOCKED". auspOp. 22 May 2019. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  14. ^ "Discography Peking Duk". Charts.org.nz (Hung Medien). Retrieved 19 April 2014.
  15. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2015 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 14 March 2015.
  16. ^ "SAFIA - Listen to Soul, Listen to Blues (Official Video)". YouTube.com. 6 July 2015. Retrieved 23 July 2015.
  17. ^ "SAFIA - Paranoia, Ghosts & Other Sounds (Official Video)". YouTube.com. 24 September 2015. Retrieved 23 July 2015.
  18. ^ "SAFIA - You Are The One (Official Video)". YouTube.com. 24 September 2015. Retrieved 23 July 2015.
  19. ^ "Peking Duk - Take Me Over Ft. SAFIA [OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO]". YouTube.com. 19 November 2015. Retrieved 23 July 2015.
  20. ^ "SAFIA - Counting Sheep (Official Video)". YouTube.com. 15 April 2015. Retrieved 23 July 2015.
  21. ^ "SAFIA - Embracing Me (Official Video)". YouTube.com. 20 July 2015. Retrieved 23 July 2015.
  22. ^ "Alison Wonderland - Take It To Reality ft. SAFIA". YouTube.com. 4 August 2015. Retrieved 6 August 2015.
  23. ^ "SAFIA - Make Them Wheels Roll (Official Video)". YouTube.com. 19 April 2016. Retrieved 23 August 2016.
  24. ^ "SAFIA - Zion (Official Video)". YouTube.com. 20 June 2016. Retrieved 23 August 2016.
  25. ^ "SAFIA - Over You (Official Video)". YouTube.com. 17 August 2016. Retrieved 23 August 2016.
  26. ^ "SAFIA - My Love Is Gone (Official Video)". YouTube.com. 16 November 2016. Retrieved 15 May 2017.
  27. ^ "SAFIA - Cellophane Rainbow (Official Video)". YouTube.com. 12 October 2017. Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  28. ^ "SAFIA - Freakin' Out (Official Music Video)". YouTube. 21 March 2018. Retrieved 22 September 2018.
  29. ^ "SAFIA - Starlight (Multiverse Video)". YouTube. 10 December 2018. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  30. ^ "SAFIA - Resolution (Official Video)". YouTube. 9 May 2019. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  31. ^ "Independent Music Awards 2014". www.air.org.au. Archived from the original on 23 July 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.

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