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Singer/Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist loops, drums, keys, guitars, voice and dij, Visual artist and activist, surfer and poet. Blakboi will change the way you see the world.

Blakboi (Tom Avery) is from the Gomeroi peoples of central NSW now living on the Bundjalung Nation around the Byron Bay area. His father (Tom Avery) is a renowned Indigenous artist and surfer. His mother (Jennifer Avery) a talented singer/guitarist and full blood Maori from the Taranaki Province of New Zealand.

Blakboi grew up being creative and active, surrounded by family, music and the ocean.

Blakboi started playing guitar in the Australian desert after being injured on the footy field.

In the shadows of Uluru, under the whirl of an air-conditioner and accompanied by a CD from Jack Johnson he played till his fingers bled.

Blakboi enrolled at the Northern Rivers Conservatorium of Arts to expand and compliment his performance and song writing skills. Blakboi majored in vocals studies and after 2 years left with a Diploma in Contemporary Music.

Recently winning the NCEIA Dolphin Music Awards for Best Male Vocalist, the release of his Documentary "Ocean Music" screened on NITV and the production of his 1st studio LP “The Gold Album” Blakboi’s music and cultural message is stronger than ever.

Blakboi music breaks boundaries for singer/songwriters. Folk, rock, reggae, disco, dance, trance, pop and soul. Hip hop, rap, accapella, attack your senses, colours and shapes created for all tastes.

Influences include RHCP, The Beatles, The Herd, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Daft Punk.

Blakboi has played alongside Dubmarine, Archie Roach, Xavier Rudd, John Butler, Yung Warriors, Busby Marou.

Blakboi live shows have been described as revolutionary, unpredictable and innovative and his vibe and energy are quick to create mobs of loyal followers.

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