Gold Coast duo Agwa hit the red carpet

Like many acts, Gold Coast duo Agwa was formed by its members meeting during their Bachelor of Popular Music degree at the conservatorium. Dan Booth and Eliza Pickard, also a real life couple, struck a chord with one another in their second year, and have now been collaborating for 12 months. With the facilities offered at the university, they wasted no time producing a handful of promising demos, and have now been invited to provide the opening entertainment at the Gold Coast Music Awards. Described as the free movement of melody and hybrid textures of both land and water, Agwa counts Radiohead, Grizzly Bear, Jeff Buckley and St Vincent among their influences. We learned a little bit more about the duo.

What do you play in Agwa?

Eliza: Daniel plays lead guitar, and I am on rhythm guitar and lead vocals. We both have quite an equal amount of input into both chordal and melodic parts to the songs.

How would you describe your sound to someone who hasn’t heard you?

Dan: We dip into a range of genres, taking what we need out of them and applying the different tastes into a style of music that represents our sound. We are an alternative rock band with undertones of folk timbres and jazz chordal movements/progressions.

How do you feel about being asked to perform at the Gold Coast Music Awards?

Eliza: We feel really privileged to be able to play at this event as a duo, which will be our first gig of the year, followed by numerous gigs throughout the year with our full 4-piece band. It’s a great opportunity to showcase our sound to a like-minded audience of musicians and we look really forward to it!

Listen to AGWA at or catch them live when they play a SEED Showcase at NightQuarter alongside their Bachelor Popular Music peers on 16 June.

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