Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience. 
Tia-Ché Gostelow, I was born in Mareeba, Far North Queensland, Australia on the 12th of October 1999.

I was born in Far North Queensland and lived in a small fishing town in the Gulf of Carpentaria called Karumba until I was almost 5, my Dad’s family managed Cattle Stations in the Gulf  and then my family packed up our things and moved to an Island in the Northern Territory, called Groote Eylandt. Groote was a really cool place to grow up, very small population and  it’s an indigenous island owned by the Anindilyakwa people,  so I was exposed to a lot of Indigenous culture which was really nice.  I received a keyboard and  microphone for my 6th birthday and I was a huge sing star fan and at around 7 years old I heard Taylor Swift for the first time and became obsessed so I asked my mum to buy me a guitar, which she got me this $50 guitar from eBay and I taught myself from listening to my favourite songs and watching YouTube videos because there wasn’t anyone there to teach me! I slowly got better and learnt more songs and would make my family sit down on Friday nights and listen to me play and sing. In 2010 my family moved to a town in Central Queensland called Mackay so my brother and I didn’t have to go to boarding school and so we had more opportunities. I started getting some vocal and guitar lessons, and competing in Country Music Talent Quests all throughout Queensland. I did these for about 3-4 years and I never really won anything because my voice was so different and I had a very alternative way of singing and playing songs even down to the songs I selected to perform were always quite alternative.  I owe it to these festivals though because they gave me the confidence to play on stage and in front of people and also taught me resilience and made some incredible friends all over the country and I’m very grateful for that!

I also started going to Tamworth Country Music Festival (Australia’s biggest country music festival) when I was about 12 and I would busk every year. I ended up winning a people’s choice award and overall busking champion which was pretty cool! I slowly drifted away from the country music scene and am now doing what I’m doing and I am so happy with where I am at!

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Tell us about your music career, your band name, musical background, experience and skills. 
I perform under my real name, Tia Gostelow.  I started performing in front of people at country music talent quests, but from when I was 12 until about 17, my weekend job was gigging in pubs 
Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons. That’s how I gained my confidence I think, and playing small festivals and community events in Mackay and towns very close. 

At the end 2015 start of 2016, we got in contact with Footstomp Music, whose owner, Graham Ashton is now one of my managers. At the time we just wanted someone to help put out a single, and they helped us do that. “State of Art” was my first single and we put that up on a website called Triple J unearthed, which in Australia is an amazing platform for independent artists to put their music on in hopes for people to hear it and for their other station Triple j to pick it up.

I wasn’t sure how the song would go but straight away it was picked up by Triple j unearthed and they loved it. They do this competition called Unearthed high every year where they pick 5 high school finalists from around the country and the winner gets to go into the triple j studio and record a song and they get major publicity from it. I ended up winning Unearthed High’s Indigenous Initiative part and I was a finalist in Unearthed High, that is pretty much what kick started my career! Since then I’ve released 3 other singles and they have all done really well, and I’ve been doing some support tours this year for bands like Husky, Busby Marou and Bernard Fanning which is really cool! I’m in the middle of recording my first Album.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song. 
I’m really not sure what genre I fall into but I guess it’s close to indie-pop-rock. 
I called the song “Hunger” because I think that sometimes when you have good things happening some people around you can become hungry for what you have and what you’re doing and that hunger can,   unfortunately, turn into bitterness or jealousy, and it ruins relationships! The video clip is just a live band performance and I feel like it links to the song well, I’m performing and doing the thing that I love but it’s also the thing that was unfortunately one of the main reasons I had a hard time maintaining relationships in school. 
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Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business. 
I started off in country music and as years went on I went more alternative until I got to the sound I’m at now! I honestly don’t have many downs when it comes to the music business, living in a regional town can be difficult at times but I plan on moving to Brisbane in 2018. 
Sometimes I think your playing on luck and chance, like when you bring out a new song it’s so scary, you’ve put all this love and time into it and you have no idea how it’s going to be received. To me I think that’s the scariest part.
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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot. 
I love my band, they’re 3 guys from the Gold Coast and a friend from Brisbane. The first time I met the boys was before we had to play at Bigsound 2016, which is a massive deal and we had three rehearsals before we had 
to play our first show together. I met Amber, who plays keys for me, a couple of months ago because her and her band did some touring with me because the boys were on a Family holiday in Europe. Since then they’ve become like family to me and I couldn’t imagine touring around with anyone but them!

My producer is Konstantin Kersting, Kon’s produced all of my music since the start of 2016 and my debut single “State of Art”. I had an idea of what I wanted this song to sound like so we just did the basic stuff like put down the drums and bass and then  some acoustic and electric guitar. Next we just experimented with sounds and added them if we loved it, such a some synths and keys. After we just did the vocals and then all done! Kon is a great producer and knows my  sound well, so I trust whatever he does!

They guys that shot my film clip, Luke and Brando, are from a company called Why Not? Films. They also shot my video clip for ‘That’s What You Get’ and I had such a fun time so we got them back to shoot this one as well!

We pretty much shot in this weird building which kind of looked like an old warehouse on the inside. We did like an old 80’s live band clip, which has an old grainy look to it. It’s similar to stuff that Tame Impala and Dope Lemon (Angus Stone) have done and has been something I’ve wanted to do for awhile and I’m so happy with the final product!

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal. 
I think I’ve probably been in the industry for about 2 years now and I’ve absolutely loved it! I feel like the Australian music industry is small so everyone knows everyone, and it’s so nice when you go to things 
like Bigsound every year and know people! It’s so easy to make contacts and get introduced to people that you have wanted to meet or work with!

As far as goals go I have a list of festivals that I hope to play one day, so I’m trying to make those happen!

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing. 
Most of the time I just get into this mood where I feel like writing a song, it needs to just come out. So that’s when I write, and it isn’t always about something. I can write songs that I have no connection with 
but I feel like my best songs are when I sing about something personal or something I relate too. I just came back from a week long songwriting camp with people from all over the world, and I’ve never been more inspired to write and compose than I am right now.
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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song. 
Hahaha, I wouldn’t really know yet! I guess for me a hit song has killer melodies, relatable lyrics and some cool bass lines. 
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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there. 
I don’t feel like I have a particular message, I guess my thing is if you really love doing something and are so passionate about it, than do it. Don’t let little things like unsupportive people  or whatever dampen 
your desire to do what you love. I’m so glad I didn’t stop playing music because of it, because I definitely would not be doing what I am now.
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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.  
Be persistent and patient. Things take time and if you are really, really passionate and put in the hard work, it will come! 
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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained. 
 
2013 Tamworth Country Music Festival Busking Championships People’s Choice Award recipient
2014 Tamworth Country Music Festival Busking Championships Runners-Up
2015 Tamworth Country Music Festival Busking Championships Winner |  Little BIGSOUND showcase artist | Airlie Beach Festival of Music Battle of the Bands Mackay Winner
2016 Released Debut Single State of Art | Semi-Finalist in the Unsigned Only competition- State of Art | Triple J Unearthed High Indigenous Initiative Winner | Triple J
Unearthed High Finalist | BIGSOUND showcase artist | Released 2nd Single Vague Utopia
2017  6 Queensland Music Award nominations | Winner of the Queensland Music Award Schools and Folk Singer/Songwriter Categories
Busby Marou, HUSKY and Bernard Fanning Support  | Nominated for the 2017 National Indigenous Music Awards Best New Talent Category | BIGSOUND Showcase Artist | 4th Single release ‘Hunger”.
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List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have featured you as well and send message to them via this platform. 

 
Triple J / Triple J Unearthed.
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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio. 
When I write by myself I used to sit with my guitar and just make up melodies and chords first and write lyrics along the way. But I’ve learnt so much from co-writing, I think there is so many good ways people can write  
you just need to find what’s for you! I’m going to start trying to use logic in my writing process because I found that doing the production first works a lot better for me. My guitar is my best friend, that’s all I’ve been using to write, I’ve picked up my electric a few times and played with some pedals as well just to try and get some new sounds and ideas happening.
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Name five biggest artists that you like. 
Billie Eilish, Methyl Ethel, Cigarettes After Sex, The Jungle Giants and Julia Jacklin. 
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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so. 
I actually co-wrote “Hunger” with two ladies from one of my favourite bands. I co-wrote it with Liz and Hannah from Little May, they’re from Sydney and I can remember seeing them play live for the first time at a festival 
here called Splendour in The Grass when I was 14. It was so surreal but it is so great to be able to sit in a room with some of your favourite writers and just write a song and talk about normal every day stuff.

I also just wrote with another one of my favourite artists last week at a writing camp. I wrote a song with Lanks (Will Cuming), who is a producer/artist originally from Melbourne and this would have to be my favourite song I’ve written to date.

This year I’ve  spent  writing with mainly Australian artists and writers and I’ve really enjoyed it! Some other people I’ve written with are Alex Henriksson, Bevan Gostelow (my dad), Konstantin Kersting, Leigh Ryan, Jonathan Boulet, Jackson Barclay, Luke Foley and Steve Rusch.

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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network. 

Website – http://www.tiagostelow.com/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/TiaGostelowMusic/

Youtube – https://www.youtube.com/user/CracketyCrack

Soundcloud – https://soundcloud.com/tiagostelow-1

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/tiagostelow/

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Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music. 
 
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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day. 

Happiest day of my life would probably be when I won two Queensland Music Awards and saddest would probably have been when my dog passed away! 
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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.  

Honestly, probably on a house, and I’d buy my parents a holiday and a new house as well, I owe them.


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