Australian roots/rock goddess Dallas Frasca has been called “the modern day Janis Joplin” by Triple J radio; been crowned Australia’s Queen of Roots by Time Off Magazine; won multiple awards including Artist Of The Year at the Musicoz Awards in 2010; and is a fixture on the festival circuit playing everything from the Big Day Out to the Woodford Folk Festival, East Coast Blues & Roots to Pyramid Rock and the Falls Festival. She’s currently readying her highly anticipated sophomore album for a release in early 2012.
What do you wear on stage?
I try not to wear the same thing twice (I’ll often mix outfits together) or use jewellery to bling an old dress up, I love the latest LADY ALCHEMY collection and I’m a big fan of Ruff n Ready’s clothing line (lotsa sexy rock tees). I also have some incredible friends who are my favourite designers, Madonna Bain and Renee Kitto who make me fabulous outfits before a big show.
How important is your stage outfit to you?
For myself personally I like feel comfortable and loud as our music, there are no boundaries….
Make-up-wise what’s your onstage must?
Making sure my fake eyelashes are secured and glued down before I get on stage [laughs]. You don’t want one in an outrageous crowd surfing moment to slide half way up your face, but then again, that’s rock I suppose.
What’s your biggest beauty indulgence?
The dyeing and maintenance of my bright red dreadlocked hair. My favourite girls, The Weird Sista’s (dread-locking business based in Perth and Melbourne) always keep my crazy loose ends tidy.
What are your offstage outfits like?
I always leave my house looking my best, I’ve always loved to dress up since I was a kid and want to hold on to the fun and decorate my entire life!!
Who are your style icons?
Betty Davis, Patty LaBelle, my beautiful and outlandish friends…
What do you do creatively when you’re not creating/playing music?
I ride motorbikes (road bikes, Z1000), I check out the Melbourne music scene, party with my mates, I am a photographer, I paint portraits of my friends… (badly, but I’m getting better!) and help up and coming independent musicians find their path in the music industry in my spare time.
What makes your musical style different?
My partner in crime ’til the end, Jeff Curran plays his dobro and Flying V guitars upside down and back to front (he was given a right handed guitar when he was a kid and ended up continuing playing that way, he sounds like no other guitarist I have met). No boundaries in our creative freedom of expression being an independent band. Two guitars and a drummer (no bass), dreadlocks flying across the stage, alternative guitar tunings, custom instruments, complex vocal arrangements…
Have you ever encountered sexism within the music community?
A couple of times I have been faced with sexism, but my strong nature and crew would never accept that kind of behaviour. If I have faced anything of the kind -I was brought up by a very strong female – my Mum taught me to always stand up for myself and not take any bullshit. I suppose I have always been one of the boys so I’ve found I’ve always been treated equally amongst my world of things. Woman can be in charge too and rather than whine about it, I have always proven myself to be a capable human being and sometimes even fought back. By witnessing other people say sexist remarks and not standing up is just the same as saying it’s OK to act like that…
How do you deal with the haters?
When people aren’t talking about you, then you have to be worried [laughs]. I am doing what I love to do and that’s all that is important to me.
Tell me about your latest projects.
My second full length album is due out early 2012…
The footage you are watching is of Frasca and her band’s trip to New York mid-2011 to record with award-winning producer Andy Baldwin in the U.S.
*Photo credits: 1 / 2 – Polly Armstrong / 3