Born in regional Victoria’s hilly South Gippsland, Wilson Blackley’s musical journey started at an early age, picking up his first pair of drumsticks at just two years old. He was raised on his mother’s record collection, absorbing a large variety of genres.
From acts like The Beatles, Elton John and Jimi Hendrix to the Stax and Motown collection, Wilson developed an ear for the classic sounds of that era.
“My heart just fell out of my chest and through the floor.” – Nkechi Anele (triple j)
Wilson has already gained impressive live opportunities – festivals like NYE on The Hill, Moomba and Festival of Small Halls, and supporting some of the greatest and most timeless Australian acts – The Black Sorrows and Mental as Anything, Jack Botts and internationals The Once (CA) to name a few.
Wilson’s songs tow the line between love and pain, provoking his audience’s imaginations, and reinventing the spaces in which he performs. He describes his music as:
“Not too happy but also not too sad. It’s a constant push and pull between the two that I feel gives me that ‘modern-yet-not’ sound.”