Australian artist Phoebe Go talks through her musical firsts and shares tender new single “Hey”.

After the success of a high-school band aged just 15, Phoebe’s usual path into a music career had begun. Now with ten years of experience, Phoebe is back with a new personal and stripped-back single, “Hey”.


Latest single “Hey” is a beautiful yet heavy one, serving as a poignant dedication to Phoebe’s cousin who passed away a few years ago. She explains: “This song’s really close to me. I lost my youngest cousin really suddenly a few years back and I didn’t know how to make sense of it all. And I still don’t and I don’t think I ever will. But this song is really my way of coming to grips with that.”


Phoebe’s debut EP, ‘Player’ is due soon, and promises a project ultimately full of hope. Recently announced as support on Hatchie’s upcoming national Australian tour, listeners will get a chance to see her ethereal vocals and carefully crafted lyrics live. We caught up with Phoebe to find out her musical firsts, from the first album she ever bought, to the first obstacle she faced in her career. Jump in!

First song you ever made?

I think it was called um, Squirrels are Having a Party. Haha. Probably the happiest song I ever wrote.

First song you released officially?

As a solo artist, it was We Don’t Talk, this year. But if burning CDs and selling them at school counts then it was the album I made with my bestie Joey Clough in 2010. We called it Bear Knights. I wonder if it’s still up on Myspace…

First CD or record you owned?

Avril Lavigne – ‘Let Go’

First time you realised you wanted to be an artist?

When I borrowed my brother’s guitar and took it into my bedroom.

First festival you went to and the first one you played at?

First festival I went to was Laneway in 2011. I remember seeing Beachhouse play and I fucking loved it. First festival I ever played was Meredith I think, the following year with my band Snakadaktal.

First time you faced an obstacle in your career?

Probably one of the first video shoots I was ever in. The director had styled the whole thing and I felt super uncomfortable in what she had me wearing. Makes me feel kinda sad looking back on it, but yeah, I was 15 and I didn’t realize that I was allowed to speak up about it. I didn’t realize that I was the boss.

First instrument you owned?

My cello.

First time you felt like giving up?

N64 Banjo Kazooie defeating the witch.

First time you felt starstruck?

Daniel Ricciardo at the Albert Park track.

First time you ticked off a bucket list goal?

Having a studio that wasn’t my bedroom.

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