Tasman Keith

Tasman Keith is an Australian rapper and singer-songwriter.

Tasman Keith
Birth nameTasman Keith Jarrett
Born1996 (age 24–25)
Macksville
OriginAustralia
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
Instruments
  • Vocals
Years active2016–present
Associated acts

Early lifeEdit

Tasman Keith is a Gumbaynggirr man from Bowraville, New South Wales.[1]

At age seven, Tasman and his family moved from Bowraville to Sydney for his father's music. His dad was a rapper called Wire MC. Tasman says he was on stage at eight years old at festivals. At age 14, his family decided to move back to Bowraville.[1]

CareerEdit

In 2016, Keith uploaded his music onto Triple J Unearthed.[1]

In 2017, Keith released his debut studio single "Might Snap" which received rotation across several community radio platforms including FBi Radio and received critical acclaim on Triple J Unearthed. Shortly after, Keith teamed up with producer James Mangohig and Bad Apples Music's Nooky to begin the process of compiling his debut studio EP.[2]

In 2018, Keith released his debut EP, Mission Famous which was recorded at Skinnyfish Music's Studio G and produced by Mangohig and Nooky.[3] The EP made Triple J's Al Newstead's list of Best New Music for the week of 29 October 2018, calling the title track "the highlight".[4]

In 2019, Keith collaborated with Stevie Jean and recorded the EP Evenings.[5]

In November 2019, Keith released "Billy Bad Again", a song he says came from a "semi-frustrating studio session" with my producers, Kapital J & James Mangohig. Keith said "I was too focused on forcing out as many songs as I could. James had me step outside for a minute, when I came back in Kapital J had this beat that he said was perfect for the vibe we were in. It was this aggressive yet braggadocious instrumental that reminded me to have fun with it and talk my shit. 'Billy Bad Again' is the side of me that is confident and unapologetic, it's about being that guy wherever you are and for me it's my turn to show that through my music, whilst throwing in two Adam Sandler movie references."[3] At the J Awards of 2020, the video won Australian Video of the year.

In December 2020, Keith released the EP To Whom It May Concern.

DiscographyEdit

Extended playsEdit

List of EPs released, with release date and label shown
Title EP details
Mission Famous
  • Released: 26 October 2018[6]
  • Label: Mission Famous Music
  • Formats: Digital download, streaming
Evenings
(with Stevie Jean)
  • Released: 30 August 2019[7]
  • Label: Settle Down Records
  • Formats: Digital download, streaming
To Whom it May Concern
  • Released: 11 December 2020[8]
  • Label: Tasman Keith
  • Formats: Digital download, streaming

SinglesEdit

As lead artistEdit

List of singles, with year released and album name shown
Title Year Album
"Midnight Snap"[9] 2017 Non-album single
"My Pelopolees"[10] 2018 Mission Famous
"Divided"[11]
"The Rope"[12]
"Move Up"[13] 2019 Non-album single
"Prey"
(with Stevie Jean)[14]
Evenings
"Billy Bad Again"[15] Non-album singles
"Nightmare on the 9th"[16] 2020
"64 Bars"[17]
"No Country (Piano in F Minor)"
(with Kuya James)[18]
"Confident"[19] To Whom It May Concern
"One"
(with Kwame)[20]
2021 Non-album single

As featured artistEdit

List of singles, with year released and album name shown
Title Year Album
"Assimilate"
(Omar Musa featuring Tasman Keith)[21]
2017 Since Ali Died
"Smoking Ceremony"
(Skinnyfish Sound System featuring B2M, Birdz and Tasman Keith)[22]
2019 Non-album single
"First Nation"
(Midnight Oil featuring Jessica Mauboy and Tasman Keith)
2020 The Makarrata Project

Awards and nominationsEdit

AIR AwardsEdit

The Australian Independent Record Awards (known informally as the AIR Awards) is an annual awards night to recognise, promote and celebrate the success of Australia's Independent Music sector.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2019[23] Mission Famous Best Independent Hip Hop Album or EP Nominated
2020[24][25] Evenings (with Stevie Jean) Best Independent Hip Hop Album or EP Nominated

J AwardEdit

The J Awards are an annual series of Australian music awards that were established by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's youth-focused radio station Triple J. They commenced in 2005.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
J Awards of 2020[26][27] "Billy Bad Again" (directed by Joey Hunter) Australian Video of the Year Won

National Indigenous Music AwardsEdit

The National Indigenous Music Awards (NIMA) recognise excellence, dedication, innovation and outstanding contribution to the Northern Territory music industry.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2019[28] himself New Talent of the Year Nominated
"Prey" (with Stevie Jean) Song of the Year Nominated
Film Clip of the Year Nominated
2020[29] "Billy Bad Again" Film Clip of the Year Nominated

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Declan Byrne (12 July 2019). "Tasman Keith is a man on a mission". ABC. Retrieved 27 November 2020.
  2. ^ "Tasman Keith The Harbour Agency". The Harbour Agency. Retrieved 29 November 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Tasman Keith JJJ Unearthed". Retrieved 29 November 2020.
  4. ^ "Best New Music: Vera Blue, Petit Biscuit, Tasman Keith, Post Malone & Swae Lee". ABC. 29 October 2018. Retrieved 29 November 2020.
  5. ^ "Stevie Jean and Tasman Keith are the dynamic duo we didn't know we needed". ABC. 17 May 2019. Retrieved 29 November 2020.
  6. ^ "Mission Famous (EP)". Apple Music. 26 October 2018. Retrieved 27 November 2020.
  7. ^ "Evenings (EP)". Apple Music. 30 August 2019. Retrieved 29 November 2020.
  8. ^ "To Whom it May Concern (EP)". Apple Music. 11 December 2020. Retrieved 11 December 2020.
  9. ^ "Midnight Snap – Single by Tasman Keith on Apple Music". Apple Music. 5 May 2017. Retrieved 29 November 2020.
  10. ^ "My Pelopolees – Single by Tasman Keith on Apple Music". Apple Music. 29 June 2018. Retrieved 29 November 2020.
  11. ^ "Divided – Single by Tasman Keith on Apple Music". Apple Music. 21 September 2018. Retrieved 29 November 2020.
  12. ^ "The Rope – Single by Tasman Keith on Apple Music". Apple Music. 14 December 2018. Retrieved 29 November 2020.
  13. ^ "Move Up – Single by Tasman Keith on Apple Music". Apple Music. 15 February 2019. Retrieved 29 November 2020.
  14. ^ "Prey – Single by Tasman Keith & Stevie Jean on Apple Music". Apple Music. 17 May 2019. Retrieved 23 April 2021.
  15. ^ "Billy Bad Again – Single by Tasman Keith on Apple Music". Apple Music. 22 November 2019. Retrieved 29 November 2020.
  16. ^ "Nightmare on the 9th – Single by Tasman Keith on Apple Music". Apple Music. 13 March 2020. Retrieved 29 November 2020.
  17. ^ "64 Bars – Single by Tasman Keith on Apple Music". Apple Music. 14 August 2020. Retrieved 29 November 2020.
  18. ^ "No Country (Piano in F Minor) – Single by Tasman Keith & Kuya James on Apple Music". Apple Music. 30 October 2020. Retrieved 29 November 2020.
  19. ^ "Confident – Single by Tasman Keith on Apple Music". Apple Music. 20 November 2020. Retrieved 29 November 2020.
  20. ^ Rose, Anna (22 April 2021). "Tasman Keith and Kwame team up on explosive new single 'One'". NME Australia. Archived from the original on 22 April 2021. Retrieved 23 April 2021.
  21. ^ "Assimilate (feat. Tasman Keith) – Single by Omar Musa on Apple Music". Apple Music. 17 November 2017. Retrieved 29 November 2020.
  22. ^ "Smoking Ceremony (feat. B2M, Birdz and Tasman Keith) – Single by Skinnyfish Sound System on Apple Music". Apple Music. 18 January 2019. Retrieved 23 April 2021.
  23. ^ "2019 AIR Awards Nominees". 28 March 2019. Retrieved 20 August 2020.
  24. ^ "2020 AIR Awards Nominees". scenestr. 7 July 2020. Retrieved 8 August 2020.
  25. ^ "That's a wrap: 2020 AIR Awards winners and celebrations". the industry observer. 1 October 2020. Retrieved 1 October 2020.
  26. ^ Wilson, Zanda (4 November 2019). "triple j announce J Award nominees & new 'You Done Good' award". The Music Network. Retrieved 15 August 2020.
  27. ^ Triscari, Caleb (19 November 2020). "Lime Cordiale take home Australian Album of the Year at the 2020 J Awards". NME Australia. Retrieved 19 November 2020.
  28. ^ "National Indigenous Music Awards Unveils 2019 Nominations". nima. 18 July 2019. Retrieved 10 August 2020.
  29. ^ "National Indigenous Music Awards 2020: Baker Boy wins second artist of the year title". the Guardian. 8 August 2020. Retrieved 9 August 2020.