Alex Dyson: Music profile with Dan Sultan

As well as being dubbed “one of the nicest guys ever” by me, Dan Sultan has also been called “the contemporary Aussie Elvis” and “Sex on Legs”. His 2009 release Get Out While You Can got him a whole new legion of fans, as has his electrifying live performances. Dan’s also a handy footy player, captaining the Rock Dogs and Western Walers in the Reclink Community Cup AFL matches. Oh, and he also starred in the film Bran Nue Dae. What a champ!

Tell us about the first time you picked up an instrument?

I was very young and it was a guitar. I thought it was the coolest thing I’d ever seen. I still do.

Who do you look up to musically?

Pretty much everyone in the Black Arm Band and in a broader sense, early day rockin’ rollers. A lot of those people paved the way and inspired many other musicians, writers and artists.

How do you think your culture affects your sound?

I don’t know how. I know where I come from on both sides of my family and I’m proud of my heritage, but I don’t know how it affects my sound. I guess everything affects it in some way.

If your music was a scrumptious meal, what would it be?

Something comforting but quite spicy with a lot of kick and flavour. Probably not for everyone’s taste!

For more information on Dan Sultun, please visit his website here.

Paul House with gum leaves and smoke
Paul Girrawah House

Paul Girrawah House has multiple First Nation ancestries from the South-East Canberra region, including the Ngambri-Ngurmal (Walgalu), Pajong (Gundungurra), Wallabollooa (Ngunnawal) and Erambie/Brungle (Wiradyuri) family groups.

Paul acknowledges his diverse First Nation history, he particularly identifies as a descendant of Onyong aka Jindoomang from Weereewaa (Lake George) and Henry ‘Black Harry’ Williams from Namadgi who were both multilingual, essentially Walgalu-Ngunnawal-Wiradjuri speaking warriors and Ngunnawal–Wallaballooa man William Lane aka ‘Billy the Bull’ - Murrjinille.

Paul was born at the old Canberra hospital in the centre of his ancestral country and strongly acknowledges his First Nation matriarch ancestors, in particular his mother Dr Aunty Matilda House-Williams and grandmother, Ms Pearl Simpson-Wedge.

Paul completed a Bachelor of Community Management from Macquarie University, and Graduate Certificate in Wiradjuri Language, Culture and Heritage and Management from CSU.

Paul provided the Welcome to Country for the 47th Opening of Federal Parliament in 2022. Paul is Board Director, Ngambri Local Aboriginal Land Council, Member Indigenous Reference Group, National Museum of Australia and Australian Government Voice Referendum Engagement Group.  

Paul works on country with the ANU, First Nations Portfolio as a Senior Community Engagement Officer

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