Weathered is the moniker of Queensland-native Upile Mkoka. Presenting dreamy, atmospheric tones in his nu-folk music, the multi-instrumentalist is a natural performer, penning songs well past his years. His personal approach to writing brought to life through folk sounds has created something totally unique.
With 4x EPs under his belt, two tours, countless shows (with the likes of Icehouse, Busby Marou, ILLY, Alison Wonderland, RUFUS DU SOL, Ash Grunwald, Fiona Bevan, Brad Butcher and more) and festivals in between, Weathered returns to the stage with his highly-anticipated debut album produced by Mark Myers (Aria-Nominated producer, 4x QMA winner, ex-The Middle East) and himself.
His unique sounds have been capturing the hearts of listeners for a number of years now garnering airplay on TripleJ, ABC Qld and other community stations across the country, not to mention an influx of streams through Spotify playlists and the likes. His live show is even more captivating - bringing the songs to life in their own way and taking the audience on a journey from applause and sing-along's to intimate moments left speechless and teary-eyed.
With his hard work and deft songwriting, the troubadour has cemented his position as one of North Queensland’s finest.
It's clear to see that Upile is certainly pioneering a sound for the region and beyond.
From the media.
“Mkoka has taken inspiration from his surroundings... and North Queensland lifestyle, to produce his stunning third EP ‘Lunar’. Capturing love and loss through sparse instrumentation, Weathered has crafted a combination of echoing and soft electronica, resulting in an easy listening and atmospheric EP…
All in all, the North Queenslander has delivered a beautiful EP that explores an array of dreamy and soothing tones. Capturing his emotions and turning it into song, ‘Lunar’ gives you a glimpse into the world of Weathered, and it ain’t all sunshine and rainbows!” - AAA Backstage
“A human series of polite smiles, young charms and positive energy, Weathered man main Upile Mkoka... has already established himself as a strong contender on the Australian music scene. Hailing from Rockhampton his musical style generally involves acoustic guitars mingling around his soft yet gripping voice as he weaves tales through his songs.” - Happy Mag
Despite the lyrical weavings, “Light” is a surefooted and strong headed musical statement, giving a glimpse into the Weathered world; an insight into Lunar’s exploration and an impression of a bright future.” - Music Injection
“Rockhampton local Weathered (aka Upile Mkoka) has released an atmospheric gem with his new EP, Lunar. The dreamy six-track release builds from the warmth of the opening song, taking listeners on a soothing journey through an electro inspired folk world.” - AIR
“Queensland act Weathered has just released the perfect scenic clip for his newest single ‘Stay’.
Pulled from his recently released Lunar EP, the Rockhampton singer shows off his tender nature on a track that has a definite chilled, late-night vibe. The tune is paired with a video consisting of gorgeous beach shots that perfectly mesh with the serene, tranquil soundtrack." - ToneDeaf