A live-looping frenzy” (Artrocker Magazine UK), singer-songwriter Phia makes music that is abound with luscious layers of harmonies, vocal percussion and vivid pop sensibilities.
Phia (born Sophia Exiner) studied improvisation, composition and piano at the Victorian College of the Arts before relocating to Berlin in 2011. There she departed from her classically-trained roots to forge a new sound in DIY-folk, honing her remarkable live-looping show over hundreds of performances and festivals in Europe and Australia, including: Grampians Music Festival 2018; St Kilda Fest 2017; Berlin Festival 2015; Fusion Festival Germany 2012, 2013 & 2014. She has also performed on national television in Australia (Spicks & Specks 2014) and Germany (TV Noir 2014).
In 2017, Phia released ‘The Woman Who Counted The Stars’ EP. Distorted drums and intergalactic synths collide with fuzz guitar and vintage casio keyboards, while Phia’s effortlessly charismatic vocal soars. Rolling Stone Australia shortlisted the EP single ‘Washed Away’ in their Top 5 for the week, describing it as “…flowing from minimal loops to stadium-scaled grandeur”.
The EP was a rapid-fire follow-up to her debut album ‘The Ocean of Everything’ (2016), recorded in her then-home of Berlin and hailed by Double J as “bright, catchy as hell pop”, with Dom Alessio (Triple J) declaring it “a bundle of joy”. The album features the African kalimba, an instrument she has made her own through her unique use of it through effect pedals and loops, layering intricate melody lines with vocal percussion and her distinctive voice.