Tasmanian-based artist Medhanit was born in the African country of Ethiopia and adopted at the age of 6 months; Medhanit grew up around music. “It feels like it was inevitable; as a baby, I would nap in the sound room at my Dads music store, so I like to think that had something to do with my passion for music now”.
At the age of 20, Medhanit’s writing now explores provocative themes such as cultural and racial matters, drawing inspiration from her own and others’ social experiences. But, most of all, Medhanit is fascinated with the human condition. Feelings of both broken and divine love, crippling jealousy, conflict and peace; how we emotionally evolve.
Growing up performing and writing acoustically, Medhanit decided to move into the world of production so her songs could exist in a bigger sonic space. This started when she met Jack McLaine (Sumner) at a gig and spoke to him about producing the debut single Her. “From that point on, his support, insane creativity and innovative production values have been instrumental in building Medhanit, both on and off the stage”. A year after releasing her debut single, Medhanit is releasing her second single Same Things with more in the pipeline.
With two of her musical influences being Angie McMahon and Lorde, it’s no wonder Medhanit’s songs have been described as ‘an assertive blend of youthful production and introspective lyrics’.
Throughout 2019 and early 2020, Medhanit brought her songs to the live stage at Mona Foma, Party In The Paddock, Taste of Tasmania, Falls Festival, Junction Arts Festival, Faux Mo as well as local supports for alternative-electronic duo Sumner. The live show, being world-class, is gaining her great respect in the community. Keep an eye out for this one.