How Babitha’s “Brighter Side of Blue” is getting international attention

“Actually, I was really nervous about putting it on the record because I didn’t know if it was too different from what I think Babitha is, but I love it when artists are able to mix and match a range of different sounds and bring ideas together,” Grist says.

As any independent musician would tell you, social media is now critical to breaking through, but Grist prefers to take a risk with her art and let it speak for itself.

“The problem with platforms like TikTok — as much as I love doom scrolls — is that they’re marketing a very sacred thing, the metrics outweigh the art,” says Grist. “I think people can get trapped in a belief system that more is more when you can just write a great song that can last forever.”

Musically, Grist and her local peers have little reason to be cynical. Lighter side of blue is at the forefront of a local country music renaissance, backed by ARIA nominee Andy Golledge and Sydney favorites Caitlin Harnett and The Pony Boys. Today, Australia’s next big thing might be playing to a youthful, packed audience in Sydney’s inner west, amid a sea of ​​Akubras and vintage snakeskin boots.

“I think it’s just about using traditional songwriting structures, it taps into a time-tested method of creating songs that evoke a sense of nostalgia and familiarity,” says Grist. “There’s something about the simplicity of hearing real instruments and vocals sung by real people in a serious way that has stood the test of time.”

Babitha plays Mary’s Underground in Sydney on Friday 17th March. Tickets available from Moschtix. How Babitha’s “Brighter Side of Blue” is getting international attention

Jaclyn Diaz

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