TANYA GEORGE: Can’t do anything right

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Tanya George was born and raised in St Kilda, Melbourne’s ever- evolving arts and entertainment hub, and it shows; her evolutionary electro-pop takes the genre to innovative new heights. Whether performing acapella with a vocal looper or surrounded by her dedicated band, she’s astounded countless audiences with her 4.5 octave vocal range. As a regular on the Australian festival circuit, Tanya has performed on a diverse range of stages including St Kilda Festival, Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Womadelaide, and Queenscliff Music Festival, where she won the 2018 QMF busking competition. Earning her stripes as a sensation in the Bourke St busking scene, Tanya has crafted and refined the art of combining elements of soul, jazz and pop, and delivers excellence through her unique and dynamic vocal looping setup. Her first solo EP Sonder (2018, produced by Tommy Spender) played to a sold-out launch at Revolver Melbourne, before enjoying a rise to the top of multiple Triple J charts, culminating in a feature in Rolling Stone Australia and the title of the 2020 Alex Legg Memorial Foundation Award recipient.

‘Can’t Do Anything Right’ explores the socially systemic hypocrisy of behind expectations and the clear double standards between females and their male counterparts. “[The track is] about the frustrations of not being able to live up to anyone’s expectations. The literal feeling of not being able to do a thing right, especially as a woman,” explains George.

“The song gives in to the feeling and accepts it as opposed to trying to please everyone.”

As per her signature style, George built ‘Can’t Do Anything Right’ through using only her unique vocal-looping technique, enlisting the help of Michael Cooper for engineering and mixing, and long-time collaborator, Nicholas Di Lorenzo (Panorama Mastering), for mastering. ‘Can’t Do Anything Right’ follows on from Melbourne Music Week and Metro Tunnel Project ‘Home Made Sound’ initiative commissioned single ‘Welcome’ which was released in January, and her sophomore EP Normality which saw the musician gain global recognition.


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