‘Nightmares On 9th.’ is a testament to Tasman Keith’s expansive artistic flexibility. Tasman says: “Nightmares On 9th. represents the 9th hour that you wake and realise that everything that seems to be a bad dream is real. I wanted it to be like a classic horror film, a concept that relies heavily on things that do really happen. Things that I’ve personally experienced, and things I know the listeners can relate to. The hypnotic feel/sound is something me and my producers wanted to explore, we intended for it to be an ear candy piece but also something that works really well live. It took some back and forth but in the end we found the perfect balance.” Dropped at the tail-end of last year, the success of ‘BILLY BAD AGAIN’ capped a prosperous 2019 for Keith in which he also dropped his acclaimed collaborative EP with Stevie Jean, Evenings. Along the way, Tasman graced larger and larger stages nationally, including Laneway Festival, Groovin’ the Moo, BIGSOUND and more, following the release of his Mission Famous Documentary. Nominated for Next Big Thing at the 2019 FBi SMAC Awards and named “One To Watch in 2020” by triple j Unearthed.
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Blending skittering trap percussion, syrupy, twisted 90s West Coast synths and a nocturnal atmosphere, Keith’s malleable flow constantly morphs between a menacing drowsiness and his signature, energetic delivery. Overall it speaks to Tasman’s refusal to be pinned down and a willingness to define his career with a continuously fearless approach, rather than constricting himself to any one sound or style.
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