Last night Electro-pop duo Electric Fields aired the first of three acoustic sets scheduled this week at the Ukaria Cultural Centre, in a collaboration with online streaming platform Sunny Side Uploads.
Watch Electric Fields perform at the Ukaria Cultural Centre
Singer Zaachariaha Fielding and pianist and producer Michael Ross of Electric Fields were Adelaide’s best kept secret, until they competed for the Australian entrant spot for Eurovision last year.
Although another performer took out the Eurovision spot, their eye-opening artistry has been on the world’s radar ever since.
Electric Fields have teamed up with Sunny Side Uploads for a three-part performance.
Episode one dropped yesterday, episode two drops tonight at 4pm and the final goes live at 4pm this Friday.
Catch up or tune in via the Sunny Side Uploads YouTube channel here.
First Nations performer and linguist Zaachariaha grew up in rural South Australian community Mimili, and croons about love, belonging and politics in English and Pitjantjatjara.
Michael comes with his own production chops – a song from his solo career ‘Equal Love‘ was a LGTBTQIA+ anthem – but for the neo-soul Electric Fields he composes contagious melodies on the keyboard, as well as back-up vocals.
Since Eurovision, Electric Fields has been busy, and last year performed live to New Zealand, Malaysia and London crowds.
With the opportunity for bands to tour internationally and nationally made virtually impossible due to COVID-19, it comes as no surprise the pair have teamed up with local livestreaming operation Sunny Side Uploads to produce an unbridled live set, split into three episodes.
Co-produced by local production company Repeater, the first performance debuted yesterday, with the second chapter airing tonight at 4pm and the final dropping on Friday at the same time.
Each video features a song from Electric Field’s first EP Inma, and takes place within the Ukaria Cultural Centre – a multipurpose auditorium and concert space in Mount Barker.
The first video has Electric Fields performing ‘Don’t You Worry’ backdropped by the undulating Adelaide Hills.
Zaachariaha’s pitch-perfect singing is chilling, and the refrain ‘don’t give up‘ runs deep during these uncertain times. Michael commands the piano, enraptured in the music, swinging his head and earring to the beat.
In a statement, Sunny Side Uploads marketing manager Timothea Moyland said Electric Fields are an iconic local outfit, and, while the streaming platform has only broadcast out of the Jade to date, putting Electric Fields in front of the state’s beautiful countryside was the logical next step in Sunny Side’s offering.
“We’re over the moon to have had the opportunity to work with them at such a stunning space in Adelaide,” Timothea says.
Watch Electric Fields’ first Sunny Side Uploads performance below.