Young Black & Deadly artist profile – Tarli Mason

Tarli Mason from La Perouse in Sydney is one of the Young Black and Deadly (YBD) programs talented participants for 2015/16. YBD identifies and develops Indigenous talent in music performance and production, and involves a series of talent quests, development workshops, live performances and recording opportunities.

Tell us about yourself?

My name is Tarli Mason and I’m a proud Dharawal girl from La Perouse.

How did you get into music?

I have always had a passion for performing whether is was dancing, acting or singing
ever since I was about 6 or 7. Some of my influences are Tori Kelly, Shawn
Mendes, Jessica Mauboy and my Aunty Sophie.

Describe your style of music?

I would describe my style as varied, I tend to change my genres but my main style
would have to be RnB and pop. I play many different instruments such as guitar,
drums, piano/keyboard and ukulele and I’ve been playing them since I was 8.

​What has been the highlight of your YBD journey so far?

Creating songs and meeting new people.

What are some of your goals for the future?

To become a performer.

Think about where you see yourself in 5 and 10 years time, what would you like to
achieve as an artist, or in the music industry?

I would like to have collaborated with my favourite artists and become well known
performer across the globe.

The Young Black & Deadly Talent Developing Program needs your support to continue unearthing and training our next generation of music artists and music industry professionals. YB&D has previously helped to launch and nurture the careers of artists such as Casey Donovan, Shanell Dargan, and Aimee Hannan.

If you would like to support Young Black & Deadly, you can visit our Go Fund Me campaign page and make a donation. We are hoping to raise $15 000 to ensure the future delivery of the program. 

Money raised will go towards the running of YBD workshops, buying new instruments, and the continued mentoring and development of our talented young stars.

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