Multi-instrumentalist Tay Oskee brings the viewer into his childhood with his “Like Waves” music video

Dynamic performer Tay Oskee has unveiled a new music video recently, putting his roots and childhood centre stage. For “Like Waves”, Oskee took a trip up to North East Arnhem Land, an area of the country he still counts himself privileged to have grown up in, and over the course of eight weeks, documented life up there.

As he explains about the video, “In the clip you can see the story of a young lost Indigenous man who takes a journey back to his homeland to regain his connection with land and culture. I was lucky enough to spend a big chunk of my childhood living in Yirrkala which is situated in North East Arnhem Land, and it was here that my family was welcomed into the Yolngu culture which is still so strong to this day.”

“Most of the clip, I filmed when I was back in Arnhem Land with my adopted family. Arian and Dhima took me out to our homeland Bawaka, where we stayed for four days hunting, filming and sharing stories. The song itself tells the story of a man who is broken and lost in his life, but is able to break through and live a life with purpose. I think this really lends itself to the struggle that young Indigenous people face today, as they are continually told to live by Western law and assimilate into our society.”

“This song is an anthem for those people who are stuck in that life, that modern society has moulded them into but want to change.” Oskee explains. “It’s about having the courage to say no, to stand up and live a life that is good for you and our beautiful earth.”

Along with his new video, Oskee has shared some special behind the scenes photos from his time up north.

Gumatj clan bringing full power to the Garma festival. A moment I won’t be forgetting.
My Amala (Mother) Merrkiyawuy and I catching up at Garma Festival.
Arian my Wawa (Brother) is a wicked up and coming producer, he’s also the star of the film clip and also happens to be a complete legend!
I feel incredibly lucky to have had such a rich upbringing in Yirrkala.

TAY OSKEE TOUR DATES

December 14th | 5 Church Street, BELLINGEN
December 15th | Flow Bar, OLD BAR
December 17th | Golden Barley Hotel, SYDNEY
January 9th | Rosemount Hotel, PERTH
January 10th | El Grotto, SCARBOROUGH
January 11th | Caves House Hotel, YALLINGUP
January 12th | The Odd Fellow, FREMANTLE
January 14th | Settlers Tavern, MARGARET RIVER
January 26th | Baha Tacos, RYE
January 27th | Bar 303, MELBOURNE
January 28th | Westernport Hotel, SAN REMO