With millions of views online via her YouTube channel and fans all around the world, her current status as the next big thing is a long way from her troubled teenage years.
“I was a complete drug addict,” Tash recall
s. “I really was a complete drug addict.
“Doing every drug apart from heroine.”
When she was 17 she developed drug-induced psychosis and it took months of therapy and supervision before she says she was able to get back to a good place.
“It’s like I opened a can of worms and I couldn’t put them back away. It took ages to put it back together.
“You wouldn’t have even understood the kind of person I was if you saw me in that state.
“It was hell and I put myself in that position.
“That’s the worst because you can’t blame anyone for it because you did it.”
Getting her first guitar at the age of three as a gift from her grandfather, Tash has now mastered over 10 instruments including guitar, bass, trumpet, flute, percussion and saxophone.
“My goal is to just be able to play as many instruments as I possibly can,” she says.
“I learnt everything to do with music in my own time.”
After failing to get a regular job, Tash turned to busking on the streets of Melbourne to get by and she says it taught her a lot about having a strong work ethic.
Yet her big break came thanks to the internet and her recordings going viral on YouTube.
Tash Sultana – Part 2 @ Melbourne CBD H&M Gpo Building
Street music has probably been around as long as there have been streets.
The economics of playing for music next to an open guitar case has an ancient simplicity. There is no middleman, no stockholder, and no investment bank involved in the process; just a pure and direct exchange between artist and audience, and this might be why street music is so important.
Street performance or busking is the act of performing in public places for gratuities. In many countries the rewards are generally in the form of money but other gratuities such as food, drink or gifts may be given. Street performance is practiced all over the world and dates back to antiquity. People engaging in this practice are called street performers or buskers.