Last year, SIM São Paulo’s presence at the Centro Cultural São Paulo expanded to include the famed Hanging Garden, which turned out to be one of the most crowded venues for conference attendees. The Australian commission used the open-air space to hold the Aussie BBQ, with food, drinks and live music. Organized by Sounds Australia, they’ll be back again for SIM 2018, which is scheduled from December 5th to 9th. As well as the barbecue, there will be showcases by three artists: Alexander Biggs, Deep Sea Arcade and Washington.
Along with the Aussie BBQ, the Australians are also participating in a series of panels, debates and meetings, as well as the SIM’s night-time programme.
Singer Washington is one of the notable names in the recent Australian scene. She started her career with jazz, but migrated to indie pop and rock with her debut album I Believe You Liar (2010), which earned her a top three position on the Australian charts, selling over 70,000 copies, and also the prizes “Best Female Artist” and “Breakthrough Artist”. After the follow-up Insomnia (2011), the artist released There There (2014), co-written with Samuel Dixon (Sia and Adele collaborator). She also gained prominence as a mentor on The Voice Australia.
The young Alexander Biggs, meanwhile, grew up playing classic piano in rural Victoria. In 2017, he made his debut with the EP Still You Sharpen Your Teeth. With more than 4 million plays on Spotify, he performed outside Australia – for the first time – in 2018, when he was an attraction at Brighton’s The Great Escape. The year also saw the release of his second EP, the melancholy Whatever Helps You Sleep.
Deep psychedelic rock from Sydney, Deep Sea Arcade is the enigmatic project of Nicolas McKenzie and Nick Weaver. International radio-play for their debut album Outlands (2012) has been followed by a handful of singles, the latest being Outlaw. Their long-awaited sophomore album Blacklight is due for release through Long Player Records/Universal Music Australia.