The Third I Festival Closing Party Artists
I wrote this album 5 years ago while I was hospitalized. I was in a dark space and on suicide
watch. It was my obituary. I wanted to document my thoughts so that our stories could be
heard after I was gone. With the love and support of family and friends I was able to
rediscover hope. The album became very healing for me, but I never put it out because I
knew as a country we weren’t ready to listen. I wish it was dated. I wish there was no need
for it. But unfortunately, it’s more relevant than ever and I refuse to wait any longer. Racism
isn’t an American issue. It is everywhere. Australia is built on it. Before we can strategize
and come together as a country to make real change, we need to learn our true history. This
album is not the answer to the question. It’s a starting point of continued conversation. A
lot of you have been asking what you can do to support change during this time. You can
start by listening.
Born and bred in Campbelltown, Hatch keeps her Samoan and Indigenous culture at the forefront. Her sound may be world class, but the proud Western Sydney artist is wholeheartedly local in everything she does.
“I think I’m drawn to making R&B from my family, from where I’m from. I grew up listening to a lot of Frank Ocean, Pharrell, Rihanna, Beyoncé… It’s always been something that’s part of my blood and my roots.”
Bio from abc.net.au