FACT FILE: Ali Barter

11 Jul 2019

Aussie singer-songwriter Ali Barter talks favourite gigs, vinyl v digital and Frank Sinatra

Get to know Ali Barter ahead of her London show this October. Tickets for Sebright arms are on sale now right here.

What three words best describe your music for someone who's never heard it?

Nineties. Grunge. Pop

What's the best gig you've ever been to?

Warpaint at the Corner Hotel in Melbourne 2011. It was lush and hypnotic and I had never seen anything like it. I was completely mesmerised by their playing and their energy.

What was the last book you read that you'd recommend?

Not a massive reader but I did recently read a book called ‘India In Love’ about the sexual and love revolution in India. Super interesting.

What does music mean to you?

Music is everything. I listen to it everyday in some form or another. It’s the first class I remember from school. It turned my brain on I think. If it were not for music I don’t know who I would be.

Vinyl, CD or digital?

I want to say vinyl because that’s the cool thing to say, but my record player is busted and I don’t have a cd player so, digital it is. So convenient.

If you could be another person for one day, who would you be and why?

Maybe Frank Sinatra. I wanna wear a suit and drink whiskey and smoke cigarettes and sing like him.

Who is the best artist in the world?

That’s an impossible question, but maybe Nina Simone. She was insanely talented, she had a really important message and she became successful in a difficult social time for women of colour. A true badass, pioneer.

What can we expect from your live show?

Good times. Fun, loud music. Awkward banter. Swear words.

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