THE STORY

MELBOURNE SONGWRITER/ENGINEER NAYOMI PATTUWAGE SPENT OVER 7 YEARS PEEKING FROM AROUND STAGE CURTAINS AND WATCHING OVER ARTISTS WITH WHOM SHE HAD WRITTEN AND PRODUCED NEW-FASHIONED MUSIC, COLLECTING IMPRESSIONS AND PURPOSE FOR WHAT BECAME THE SOLO PROJECT LIKE BEAR (LAUNCHED IN 2019).
AUDIO ENGINEER BY TRADE, PATTUWAGE IS AN AWARD-WINNING SOUND DESIGNER IN THE WORLD OF INDEPENDENT AUSTRALIAN FILMS, AND AN ESTABLISHED SONGWRITER. SHE HAS ALSO WORKED VERY CLOSELY WITH EMERGING POP QUEEN MAXON SINCE HER LAUNCH IN 2016, CO-WRITING AND CO-PRODUCING 4 SONGS ON HER DEBUT EP 'NEW WORLD' (2016), 'NO IMPERSONATOR' (2017), 'HISTORY' (2018).
LIKE BEAR LAUNCHED IN JULY OF 2019 WITH THE RELEASE OF 'DRIVE'. THE DEBUT SINGLE ENCOURAGES PEOPLE TO NUTURE THE FEAR OF LONELINESS, AND TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEMSELVES. IT'S OBJECTIVE WAS TO INSPIRE AND MOTIVATE ITS LISTENERS TO REFUSE PASSIVITY IN LIFE.
SOMEHWAT OF A RECLUSE, PATTUWAGE GREW UP OBSESSING OVER THE GENIUS AND ARTISTRY OF MICHAEL JACKSON AND PRINCE, IMMERSING HERSELF IN POP CULTURE. SHE HAS SINCE FORGED HER OWN PATH THROUGH THE CREATIVE INDUSTRIES, DEVELOPING SKILLS IN VISUAL DESIGN, FASHION, PHOTOGRAPHY, WRITING AND DIRECTING ('SOLID GOLD' - MAXON 2016 MUSIC VIDEO).
THE SUCCEEDING RELEASE IS DUE MARCH 12, 2020, PRODUCED BY THE INCREDIBLY PROLIFIC AND TALENTED MELBOURNE ARTIST, JAMES SEYMOUR (FEELDS, MERPIRE, EAGLEMONT, LIV CARTLEDGE, LONI RAE THOMSON). TRUE TO HER TRADEMARK VOCAL LAYERING AND LIGHT TIMBRE, THE DUO HAVE FORMED THE TRACK INTO 2020'S GO-TO SONG FOR PERSONAL REPAIR AND EMOTIONAL SUPPORT; A

FEEL-BETTER ROMP FOR THE WEARY, AND A CELEBRATION FOR THE RESILIENT.