Getting to Know Ali Barter

Melbourne-based songstress Ali Barter is unquestionably one-to-watch in 2015 and is set to hit stages in Sydney and Melbourne real soon. Wanna discover more about her? Well, here she is, in her own words: 

I am a singer/songwriter from Melbourne. I also play guitar and keys, badly.

Community (video above) is a song about finding brotherhood in things outside yourself, whether it be a person, drugs, alcohol, religion, sex. It’s about feeling like there will never be enough.

My upcoming shows at Goodgod in Sydney and The Workers Club in Melbourne will be loud and awesome! My band are amazing and we have fun. Any opportunity to rock out and have a shred is taken. We are also trying out a new cover which I think is sounding pretty good…

Melbourne is my home. It is beautiful and full of life, with bonkers weather. I want to leave when it gets too cold but other than that, it’s the best city in the world.

I spend too much time watching documentaries about North Korea. Im obsessed.

I go through phases where I can’t listen to ‘popular’ music. It doesn’t make me switch off, it makes me want to work. I am in this phase right now so I have been listening to a lot of podcasts. Judge John Hodgeman is my fave. He is a comedian who simulates a mock courtroom in his podcast where he resolves petty grievances between people; husbands and wives, brothers and sisters, friends. He is very funny but also very intelligent and thoughtful with his rulings. I want to be his friend.

I also listen to a lot of Indian music. I have been to India many times and I can’t wait to go back. I listen, and pretend I’m there.

It might surprise people to learn that I am petrified of cannibalism! I saw this movie once when I was 13, called ‘Ravenous’ and it scarred me for life. I tried to watch it last year and had to turn it off.

The Aussie-based amongst you can catch Ali this Friday 16th Jan at GoodGod, Sydney and next Saturday the 24th Jan at The Workers Club, Melbourne. Keep up to date with Ali by following her on Facebook or by checking out her website.

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Interview by Bobby Townsend.