While attending Chanel College Ladyhawke (Phillipa ‘Pip’ Brown) played in several grunge bands. After high school, Brown moved from Masterton to Wellington and formed Two Lane Blacktop with some friends, playing lead guitar. Brown relocated to Melbourne, Australia after Two Lane Blacktop parted ways in late 2003, when their lead singer and drummer quit the band.
In Melbourne she met Nick Littlemore of Pnau (and later Empire of the Sun), formed the duo Teenager and moved together to Sydney. In 2006 Brown decided to leave Teenager to focus on a personal project she had been developing for sometime, a persona she had dubbed “Ladyhawke”, inspired by the Richard Donner film from 1985 with the same name.
In 20 September 2008, her debut album Ladyhawke was released on Modular and gained mostly positive reviews.
The latest Ladyhawke album, Black, White & Blue is due very soon