Women in music are seriously underappreciated and dangerously underestimated. The girls out there working hardand kicking ass on a daily basis are often overlooked for the big name male electronic artist, but it’s 2017 y’all and it’s time for a change.
As part of Vivid, MusicNSW and FBi Radio have teamed up to bring a night of nothing by kick ass women to the forefront taking over Oxford Art Factory on the 17th for the Women in Electronic Music Showcase. Appearing as part of the showcase is Melbourne duo ALTA who are winning people over left, right and centre with their hypnotic approach to good time tunes. We caught up with Hannah from the group to help shine a spotlight on kick-ass women in electronic music.
First things first, lets get to introductions, tell us who you are, where you’re from and how you’d describe your music to others?
I’m Hannah from the duo ALTA living in Melbourne. The music we make is kind of at the intersection of pop, dance and experimental music.
When did you first realise that you wanted to be a musician?
Since I can remember I wanted to be a singer. Actually, from memory I wanted to be a singer, a horse trainer or a mechanic.
Can you tell us about the first time you played live at Alta? What was running through your head before you hit the stage?
I had the lyrics written all over my hands. Our first gig was a support and we probably shouldn’t have accepted it given that we’d only written one song at the time so spent the fortnight before just bashing it out.
What’s it like being a woman in music at the moment?
I love being a woman and I love being a musician and think that there’s some pretty friggin awesome women in music in Aus and all over the world. People like Jlin, Princess Nokia, Jessy Lanza and Jungle Pussy to only name a few are women that unapologetically being themselves and absolutely bossing it up.
What’s the biggest hurdle that you’ve had to face so far in your career?
Insecurities about being, acting and looking a certain way and the internal pressures that you have to achieve success by a certain time in your life. It took me years to realise that a lot of clichés about being true to your music and art are actually true and you just have to do you.
In your opinion what can the industry do better to help foster more females careers in electronic music?
I reckon that when women have more visibility in the industry it less intimidating for other women who are thinking about taking the plunge. Things that can help this are radio stations playing more women, bookers booking more women, blogs/media championing women in music and women who are already in the industry mentoring those who want to be a part of it.
What do you think the future looks like for women in electronic music?
I think that with events like this the future is looking pretty good.
What advice would you give to the young girls out there who aspire to work as a musician?
Push yourself and don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. Reach out to people that you look up to, ask for advice, as for help if you need it, step out of your comfort zone and know that you’re awesome and make things happen for you.