Ali Barter on Brisbane Festival, Women and Tampons
Taylor Furby | On 22, Aug 2017
Ali Barter spoke to us recently about touring, supporting Stevie Nicks and her collaboration with Gift Box Organic.
Following the success of ‘Girlie Bits’ which hit number 58 on Triple J’s 2016 Hottest 100, Ali Barter has released A Suitable Girl and is now taking her album on tour. On top of this tour, she’s playing at Yours & Owls Festival and has just been announced as the support act for Stevie Nicks on her next tour. We spoke to Ali about her tour and upcoming support slot.
The Creative Issue: You’re taking your album, A Suitable Girl, on tour, are you excited for the shows?
Ali Barter: So excited. We had band practice last night and we’re excited. The band and I are really excited. We’ve got new songs and new fun things to do. So yeah it’ll be really good.
TCI: So you’re playing Brisbane Festival, how did that come about?
AB: Well they offered and it was around the same time. It was perfect timing and I’ve always wanted to play the Brisbane Festival so it should be fun.
TCI: You’re also playing Yours & Owls Festival, are there any other artists on the line-up that you’re particularly excited to see?
AB: I really wanted to see At The Drive In but we have to leave the next day and we play the day before. So I’m a bit bummed about that but it’s going to be a great festival. There’s so many of my friends that are playing like Holy Holy and Alex Lahey and Bec Sandridge. It’s gonna be a good time.
TCI: You often post about strong females in music on Facebook, what made you decide to do that?
AB: I was studying music last year, I went back to finish my degree, and I took a history class. About six weeks into the history class, I realised that we weren’t learning about any women. Each class was based around two artists and whatever spurred on from those two artists and every week the two artists were male. So I decided that I would do my own weekly post about a woman in music because I want to learn about them and I think it’s wrong that we weren’t learning about them. So it’s my own version of music history.
TCI: Speaking for strong women, how does it feel to be supporting Stevie Nicks on her next tour?
AB: It’s crazy. I don’t even know how to prepare for it. I grew up listening to Fleetwood Mac and the Bella Donna record by Stevie Nicks is one of my favourite. And also I’m a huge Pretenders fan so I’m so excited to see Chrissie Hynde perform.
TCI: You’ve just joined forces with Gift Box Organic for an awesome cause, could you tell me more about that?
AB: So I said a while ago to the people that I work with that I’d love to do something with tampons or female care because an issue I think is really dumb is that we have to pay GST on tampons when that’s not something we choose to use. It’s a necessity. I was looking for something to be involved in with tampons or pads and something to do with women and disadvantaged women. So this came up and I think they approached my PR people, I’m not sure how it came about. But I was just thought it was perfect. I am so excited and proud to be working with them because they do such a great thing. For every box of tampons someone buys, they give a box to disadvantaged women and tampons are expensive. I find it expensive and I can’t imagine what women who don’t have the resources that I have, how they would find it. I’ve heard great stories of people in third world countries doing stuff with sanitary care and how they get pads and tampons and the means to make pads for women in villages and stuff like that. So I think it’s such a great human need for women and definitely something that we should talk about more. Also to take the shame out of getting our periods because it’s really not that big a deal but for some reason, you know, it’s a weird subject. I love talking about tampons!
TCI: Are there any artists that you’ve been listening to heaps at the moment?
AB: Yes, I am obsessed with the new record by Land of Talk and she’s a Canadian musician and she put out a record called Life After Youth. And it’s just beautiful, it’s got a song called ‘Loving’ on it and that’s my favourite. She wrote that with another one of my favourite artists, Sharon Van Etten. So I have to say that’s probably what I’m loving the most at the moment.
TCI: What are you doing after this tour?
AB: After the tour, I’m going to America for a holiday/music trip and I think I’m going to play a few little shows. And I’m going to do some writing, I’ve just spent the last week demoing new songs so I really want to have a new album written by the end of the year because I’m ready to put out new music so I think we might have a new single out in the next few months. Just really excited to make more tunes.
You can catch Ali at Brisbane Festival next month and grab tickets here.
What: Ali Barter
Where: Brisbane Festival, Cultural Forecourt, Southbank QLD 4101
When: 23rd September, 9:30pm
How Much: Adult $30, Concession $25, Group (6+) $25
Website: link to website
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