After fronting indie pop act Dirtywings Gold Coast musician Bec Wolfers now has a new band in the works… which is currently top secret! Bec’s a lady after my own heart into spirituality, creativity & of course music! Her advice for life = “There is no height to the joy and love you can experience in life, so go forth and live your life with zest and an open heart. Attract what you love to you by giving love out whenever & wherever you can.” Here’s our Q&A on music, style, sexism in the music community, dealing with haters and more…
What do you wear on stage?
Whatever I’m in the mood for. I seem to often wind up wearing a lot of black. I like textures, accessories, lace-up army boots, loud shirts and messy hair. Heels can look great on women but I’ve found they really limit my mobility and comfort onstage (same with many dresses).
How important is your stage outfit to you?
I think clothing can be an important tool in expressing who you are, particularly as a musician. You can use your body as a canvas and get visual-arty with it. Many famous musicians’ images are nearly as iconic as their music. But clothes are also there to have fun and be creative with. At the end of the day, it’s the music that matters. A lot of the time Patti Smith would lounge around in just a white t-shirt and jeans, and still be badass. Then again, there’s something iconic and timeless about those clothing items – so maybe she put more thought into it than it appeared!
Make-up-wise what’s your onstage must?
Giant panda eyes (black eyeliner).
What’s your biggest beauty indulgence?
Eye make-up remover? I buy an expensive one because the cheap ones don’t work.
What are your offstage outfits like?
Pretty much the same as my onstage outfits! Though I am a bit more casual offstage. And I wear more long necklaces, which I usually avoid onstage in case they get tangled in my strings.
Who are your style icons?
Currently something like Vince Noir, Alice Glass, Kurt Cobain, Patti Smith and Mary Kate Olsen with her chic hobo-ness.
What do you do creatively when you’re not creating/playing music?
Write parody TV scripts, bring to life said scripts into animated shorts, write poetry, make scrapbooks for my friends, cook, bake, talk about the cultural value of movies, visit art galleries for inspiration, go dancing…
What makes your musical style different?
That’s a good question! Reverb? I think it’s just that intangible stamp that each musician puts on their music. You hear a song by so-and-so, and you can tell it’s by them. Also, I think the fact that we are making music for ourselves, not to fit in with any formula or genre. It’s just what comes out straight from our hearts and guts. And sometimes crotches.
Have you ever encountered sexism within the music community?
Yeah. I can’t believe it, but sometimes at gigs I still hear the ridiculous phrase “she plays well…for a girl.” Not to mention the far-greater focus on image for women. In the industry at large, this is particularly true in pop music. A super attractive woman can get a record deal pretty much for her looks, rather than any exceptional musical or singing talent. But an awesome-yet-conventionally-ugly female-performer might never get a look in. Not to mention the content of something like 80% of all rap videos. I’m gonna go vomit now.
How do you deal with the haters?
I’m getting better with them. I’ve learned that not everyone has to like you, and it would be a weird world if they did. I try to keep emotive outbursts away from my work, lest I do something I regret. If something’s really bothered me, I go to my cave. Cry for a while (privately), punch stuff, formulate a mature and objective response, then come out of my cave grinning and ready to pretend I am composed.
Tell me about your latest projects.
I’m in a new band that I’m really excited about. I sadly can’t even tell you the name, but the members and music are all there. We are developing recordings. It’s dreamy, grungy, trashy, reverb-drenched alternative rock. I play bass and sing in it. With Dirtywings, I feel like I learned a lot about the music industry. So I’m trying not to burst out with this band before we are 100% ready. Or at least 90%!
Bec live in action with Dirtywings:
Wishing you mucho goodtimes,
*Photo credits: 1 / 2 / 3