Tailor Birds is Sophie Kinston, electronic violinist, who with live looping, foley art, and rich harmonised vocals, creates a magical sound, building sound in front of audiences eyes.  This is music that soothes the soul, warms the spirit, and ignites your passion.  With boundary pushing performances, this is the latest act to come onto the international touring circuit.

Having formed Tailor Birds in 2012, with shows through NSW, QLD, SA, & VIC, and with 4 European tours in as many years, Tailor Birds is building something unique.  Building an audience that is as diverse as much as it is one, you could say that Sophie is a travelling troubadour.  She believes that music should not just be about playing one gig after another with just the music making impact, but is also about connecting people to something good again, in a world that is constantly changing.  Music needs to inspire, and placing Tailor Birds in a space that can do just that, it makes an impact greater than you could ever imagine.

A sound that is all about the vibe and positive energy, Sophie constantly pushes to do a range of shows – festivals, gigs, supports, but also markets and street shows, to connect with and provide music to the general public.

Tailor Birds tours both as a solo act, as a duo, and a larger band, dependent on the tour, and is fast becoming an established touring act in both Australia and Europe (primarily Holland and Ireland).  Sophie pushes its’ boundaries within performance spaces and the sound created, and wherever she performs, engages talented local artists / musicians, with key core members, combining both guitars, electronics, percussion, foley, vocals, and other instruments, this is nothing you’ve heard before.

Sophie leads a line-up that includes Australian VCA graduate Daniel Brates (percussion/drums), Constantine Stefanou (newly recruited guitarist for all Australian shows) and various guest musicians in Europe incl. Jerome (piano), Bob Glynn (drums, Ireland), Pete Flood (drums, UK), Rick van der Ree (beats/electronics), Hungarian vocalist, Erika Kertesz, Dutch accordionist/vocalist, Cato Fluitsma, and more.  More and more she is working with the talents of other singer/songwriters, particularly for the larger tours and for further recording as both Tailor Birds and a couple of side projects currently in the works.

Arranging diverse elements to form a hybrid landscape of neo-classical electronic sound and visuals, Sophie works in collaboration with diverse and high profile artists and brings a range of international influence and genres to her work.
Tailor Birds are fast becoming an international name, and having just returned to Australia from a 4th European tour, this is an act that brings in something fresh and unique.  Shows are other worldly experiences, worlds where crowds become immersed inside a multi-sensory exploration. The public experiences a moment in time, that has never been and will never be.  Live is where the music, the energy, the passion, and the artistry of Tailor Birds truly comes alive.


  • Based in Melbourne, Australia, Tailor Birds has done numerous album launches, residencies, and various other shows and festivals through VIC, Australia, including FRL, Panacea, Bushtival, and Yea Arts Carnivale, supporting and performed alongside acts such as Sally Dastey, Ryan Meeking, DD Dumbo, Rachel By The Stream, Dallas Frasca, Dear Plastic, Pataphysics, Ma Petite and more.
  • In the 2nd half of 2015 and the 1st half of 2016, they toured single, ‘Winters’ Fall’ (released Oct ’15), through Australia and Europe, and recently released 2nd single ‘Ashen’ in July ’16, in preparation for the release of 2nd album ‘Wide Awake I See The Storm’ (released August ’16), with both singles on the 2nd album.


  • Tailor Birds have just returned from their 4th European tour July – Sept 2016, launching the 2nd album, ‘Wide Awake I See The Storm’.  With 31 shows through Holland, Ireland, UK, & Germany, they performed festivals Castlefest, Fantasia Fest, Landjuweel, and Taribush Kuna, the Woodburner Sessions in London, numerous markets and street shows, and of course small alternative venues ADM, Dokhuis, numerous boat shows incl. the Azart Ship of Fools & the Lovely Leitrim Barge, plus larger spaces incl. Amsterdam’s Westerpark, and out the front of Londons’ Tate Modern.
  • With the success of the 2016 tour, Tailor Birds are set to return to Europe in the summer of 2017, with a run of festivals, boat shows, markets, gigs, alternative venues and more, with a larger band line-up and team helping Tailor Birds to run effectively.  Tailor Birds’ aim this next year is to bring the music to not only their fans, but also to bring a bit of shining light to the general public.
  • Each tour has included 20 plus shows/festivals/livestreamed events, in the summer of 2013, 2014, and 2015, performing throughout Holland, Germany, UK, Ireland, Switzerland and Belgium.


  • Having returned from a 4th European tour, Tailor Birds are launching album #2, through VIC, SA, NSW and further afield.
  • Through Oct 2016 – March 2017, Tailor Birds will be popping up with the new album through a series of small intimate shows in some of their favorite venues through VIC and NSW, but also at various festivals and some unusual spaces incl. inside a climbing wall.  They’ll also be doing a Sofar Sounds show, plus a series of markets Australia wide as promotion for the new album.


  • Debut album ‘Runaway Sailors, Stay at Home Wives’ in Holland in 2012,& released in 2013
  • Live at Club Zonnemaire EP recorded the past couple years,& released in 2015
  • 1st single, ‘Winters’ Fall’, late ’15
  • 2nd single, ‘Ashen’, July ’16
  • 2nd album, ‘Wide Awake I See The Storm’ in August ’16

Tailor Birds is creatively lead by composer and techno/loop/folk violinist Sophie Kinston, a Graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts (Australia) and Chichester University – fine art and music performance (UK).  Having performed for songwriters, incl. Rosie Burgess Trio, Hussy Hicks, Marshall O’Kell, Sally Dastey, Freya Hanley and more, Sophie Kinston formed Tailor Birds in 2012, building something that was all about the vibe and experience for the audience.

Her musical pieces are little worlds which are inspired by her travels, music teachers, fellow musicians and the emotions/events of life.  Little riffs turn into songs and old found scraps of musical pieces can start the birth of a new sound score. Coming from many musical back grounds, a diversity of musical styles also provide a huge pool of inspiration for Sophie.  The music she writes, tell tales of love, loss, fear, and fantasy; but also hopes, dreams, resurrection, rejuvenation and that anything is possible!

Tailor Birds’ key influences are Sigur Ros, the Kronos Quartet, Bear’s Den, Chet Faker and more. 

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