I first met Almaryse years ago when she was performing in Brisbane avant-garde poetry-pop act Maiden Speech with sister Pascalle (the Slam Poetry Champion who makes zine The Lavender Room). It’s been really amazing to see Almaryse’s journey and evolution as an artist! She’s recently got back from Berlin with her band The Frill of The Flight.
What do you wear on stage?
I love to accessorise! Bangles, and lots of them, legwarmers, unmatched earrings, and combinations of animal print, lace, clashing colours and one of my mainstays is patterned tights. I found a nice array shopping in Berlin that I cherish. I often wear a corset too. And always Big Hair.
How important is your stage outfit to you?
My look is a big part of my overall performance and it is important to me. I also love other artists who use their image as a strong element of their performance or art.
Make-up-wise what’s your onstage must?
I would say Blusher. But I am still learning to experiment with my make-up and picking up some tips from my fellow Frills and style guru, Tiffany Beckwith-Skinner. And looking back to the era I draw a huge amount of inspiration from 80s and early 90s. Plus, I am realising the impact of a good pair of false eyelashes!
What’s your biggest beauty indulgence?
Corsets!!! Oh they are divine! Painful after wearing one for too long but always worth it!
What are your offstage outfits like?
I am somewhat of a living-in-the-80s dresser. I have some brilliant op-shop finds that give me an authentic wardrobe of a true fan of this controversial fashion era. I love the no-rules aesthetic. Think Prince, Cyndi, and early Madonna.
Who are your style icons?
I also adore the style of Grace Jones, Roisin Murphy and I have gained a lot from Peaches with her outlandish costumes and she says, ‘to have a lot of leg showing, cos I’m in control. I know who I am.’ Her liberated approach to her image has been an influence on me.
What do you do creatively when you’re not creating/playing music?
I love to take photos and make videos. I am a visually orientated person and it’s how I like to express myself. Visually.
What makes your musical style different?
I think it’s that I don’t take myself too seriously. There is a unique combination of a sense of humour and sincerity that’s not always found in pop. And the visual part of the act really is an important partner to my music.
Have you ever encountered sexism within the music community?
I think I’ve seen it and experienced it to a degree…but, I have not let it bother me personally. I have grown in confidence as I have gotten older…or shall I say wiser…ha, ha, ha! I definitely had to grow though. I think the key is, like Peaches says, to know who you are, and to have confidence in yourself.
How do you deal with the haters?
Essentially, I am very fortunate that I am not aware of any ‘haters’. I can also have a laugh at myself so that probably helps. If I do find I have to deal with any haters, I hope I will remember the valuable advice of RuPaul: ‘What other people think of me is none of my business’. I LOVE Ru!!
Tell me about your latest projects.
I have a brand new EP just released!! Almaryse & The Frill Of The Fight is the name of my act. We recently returned from Berlin too, where we were invited to play at the launch of HONK! Magazine’s July issue. They featured us in a 6 page article with photos by Brisbane photographer Sean Young. I even got to be a mermaid for that shoot!! While we were over in Berlin we made our second film clip for our song ‘Wanna Be Your Girl’. All of that was a dream for me and I am certain I will return to Berlin again. Now that we are back we are looking to take our show to Sydney and Melbourne early next year. And I’m currently editing our next clip for our track ‘Hot Pink Sun’ myself. That will be a fun vid and I actually captured a hot pink sunset in Helsinki where we stopped on our way back home from Berlin.
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