Bertie Blackman

Bertie Blackman

 Sydney, New South Wales, AUS

Bertie Blackman is a sonic force to be reckoned with. Think Goldfrapp meets Karen O with a dash of Kate Bush hits at her edgy electro rock with sensual deep softness. Winner of the 2009 ARIA Award for Best Independent Artist & 2009 AIR Breakthrough Artist!


Bertie Blackman's first encounter with her artistic self came as a child sashaying across her mother and father's paint strewn studio floor. The daughter of iconic Australian artist Charles Blackman, not many musicians can boast a foundation of emotional expression like Bertie, "I come from a family of painters, so everything I do is pretty visual. You can see and feel my music".
Bertie first stepped onto the scene with 'Headway' (2004), her folk-inspired debut album powered by acoustic guitar. The album’s single 'Favourite Jeans' became Bertie's radio breakthrough and saw her dubbed "Australia's underground queen". On her second album, 'Black' (2006) Bertie returned armed with an electric guitar delivering a sexier, gritty rock sound. "There's always been something about a feisty girl with an axe and a pen..." (Mess + Noise - 2006)
Constantly evolving as an artist, Bertie continues to develop her sound on 'Secrets and Lies' (2009) blending electronic influences with her signature vocal style and penchant for brutally honest lyrics in a modern exploration of pop music. "I wanted to do something more electronic and less band-oriented" says Blackman, "It's dark, but it's also a pop record".
'Secrets and Lies' is a result of the meeting of great minds including Sydney based UK producer Lee Groves (Goldfrapp, Gwen Stefani) and Francois Tetaz (Gotye, Architecture in Helsinki.)
The album's first single 'heart' is a pulsating rhythmic track that buzzes with a fusion of tribal beats and acid-Motown grooves. 'heart' was released in March 2009 and was added to high rotation on Triple J and across the board on commercial radio network Nova. Altogether 'heart' was the 4th most added song on Australian radio in its premiere week of release. 'heart' was also an Australian iTunes Single of the Week in April and received more than 17,000 downloads, one of the nation's most downloaded Singles of the Week of all-time.
The album Secrets and Lies was released on May 8, 2009 on Forum 5 Recordings with distribution through MGM and was presented as a Triple J Feature Album received widespread critical acclaim. Haunting vocals soar, industrial electronics collide and the track troughs into eerie breaths of quiet throughout. For Bertie, 'Thump' captures that "feeling of walking home late at night; your footsteps hit the pavement and your whole body pulsates. You become really aware of your breath and heartbeat."
In the lead-up to a 15-date Australian album tour throughout August 2009, 'Secrets and Lies' was nominated for a J Award, Triple J's highest accolade for the best Australian album of the year. The 'Secrets and Lies' tour precedes national performances on the Parklife Festival in September/October 2009 alongside LaRoux, The Rapture and Metric.
Bertie delivers pop music with depth. Her voice is seductive, her lyrics are inventive and honest and she mesmerizes as a live performer. 2009 has been an incredible year for Bertie Blackman in Australia, with her picking up gongs for 2009 ARIA Award for Best Independent Release and the 2009 AIR Award for Breakthrough Independent Artist. This success has only bolstered her growing international awareness with huge support in the UK from Radio 1, 1xtra, KISS FM and XFM.


December 2009: Black Cats (AU Single) November 2009: Thump (UK Single)
October 2009: Byrds Of Prey (AU Single)
August 2009: Thump (AU Single)
May 2009: Secrets And Lies (AU Album)
April 2009: Heart (AU Single)
July 2007: Fast Bitch (AU Single)
October 2006: Black (Album)
December 2005: Television (AU Single)
July 2005: You Kill Me Everytime (AU EP)
August 2004: Headway (AU Album)
March 2004: Favourite Jeans (AU Single)
October 2003: Blue Sky Pueblo (AU EP)
May 2003: Criminal Of Desire (AU Single)

Set List

White Owl
Shout Out
Byrds Of Prey
Come To Bed
Baby Teeth
In The Air Tonight
Black Cats