Let me take you back to 2009, “late night waiting by the phone, tonight waiting for an answer…”
If you singing those lyrics in your head, you’ll most likely remember the name, Ladyhawke.
Phillipa Margaret Brown better known by her stage name, Ladyhawke is renowned for her classic head-bopping tracks, ‘My Delirium’ and ‘Paris Is Burning’.
A New-Zealand singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Brown was surrounded by a musical family with her mother being a singer-guitarist and father, a jazz drummer.
Her musical influences are believed to stem from 1980s synth-pop and 90’s badass music, with particular tastes for Nirvana, Michael Jackson, David Bowie and Fleetwood Mac.
Spanning the period of 2001 to 2003, Brown kicked her musical career off with Wellington-based band, Two Lane Blacktop.
In 2004, she moved to Australia and formed the art rock band Teenage with Nick Littlemore of the now PNAU (pun intended).
As the years flicked by, Brown moved to London as 2007 arrived.
Her debut self-titled solo album dropped in September 2008 and ascended to the top of the RIANZ Album Chart.
It was from that album that she became known for grungy tracks like, ‘My Delirium’ and ‘Paris Is Burning’.
The following year was shaping up to be a big one 2009 ARIA Music Awards saw LadyHawke take out Breakthrough Artist of the Year for both album and single categories.
She also appeared for made a well-cemented debut appearance on Triple J’s 2008 Hottest 100 Countdown with ‘My Delirium’ placing at number eleven and ‘Paris Is Burning’ taking out number twenty-six.
Still keeping her flame firmly burning, Ladyhawke has continued to release new music.
In 2012, she released her second solo album, ‘Anxiety’ then a few years later, in June 2016 she dropped her third album, ‘Wild Things’.
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‘Paris Is Burning’