Ali Barter - where to start? Some might say this remarkable artist from Collingwood first came into national consciousness when her song Girlie Bits made triple j's Hottest 100. But Ali has actually been recording and performing music since 2012, and before that, she sang in the Australian Girls choir for a decade. Her latest album A Suitable Girl - released in March this year after a couple of EPs and singles - is making waves for its musical sensibilities but also its underlying message of womens' strength. It would seem if there is one thing Ali is passionate about it is women in music. In an interview with The Right Note TV show, Ali tells Rolling Stone editor Rod Yates that she remembers sitting in a music history class and studying so many men in music, and was exasperated by the omission of women from music history. In December last year, her frustration led to a passionate Facebook post, which was removed at the request of university staff. Ali deleted the post but not long afterwards, her sentiments remained in a now widely shared opinion piece published on Junkee, the popular arts and culture website. In the piece, Ali references the many women who have been under represented and not celebrated enough when it comes to reciting music history. The feminist rocker brand is not one that Ali appears to be chasing, but her passion for women - past, present and future - in music, and more broadly art, is impossible to deny because it is something that is very deep rooted in who she is as a person. But that shouldn't distract from the fact that Ali Barter is an incredibly gifted, trained and dedicated musician, songwriter, performer, and creator of music full stop. On A Suitable Girl Ali Barter's clean, feminine voice is backed by super cool indie-rock licks and vibes, but her important underlying message to celebrate and speak up for women is a brilliant, and necessary for our times, bonus. Ali Barter took some much appreciated time from her very busy career to give Music Love this interview where she talks about Australian women in music, looking after her voice, and the last thing she saw that blew her mind.Read More
Danielle McGrane is originally from Dublin, Ireland. Growing up around music, and landing a job with the iconic Hotpress magazine set the foundation for a career in music journalism. Seven years ago, Danielle arrived in Sydney landing a job with the Australian Associated Press (AAP). Eventually she became AAP's Entertainment Reporter covering everything from the ballet to live music to red carpets to orchestras to all things television and movies. Danielle's passion for Australian music has grown, and each week you can also find her presenting on The Right Note which is a web-based television show. Danielle sits alongside Bernard Zuel who is the music editor for Fairfax, and Rod Yates who is the Editor of Rolling Stone magazine in Australia. The Right Note is hosted by Lindsay "The Doctor" McDougall and in April 2017, wrapped up season one - 19 weekly episodes featuring album reviews and studio performances.
Danielle and Julie Kerr talk about true music journalism and resisting the urge to publish press releases, Danielle's colourful and interesting career and of course, Australian women in music.Read More
Danielle McGrane has a pretty fun life. One day she's on a red carpet, another day she could be covering fashion shows, or attending Hollywood blockbuster movie premieres, theatre productions, ballets, rooftop gigs, operas, award shows, orchestral performances, perhaps even watching Jamie Oliver cook up a storm. All in a week's work when one is the entertainment reporter for the Australian Associated Press (AAP). Yet amidst the glitz, glamour and sparkly celebrities, Danielle remains transfixed on the Australian music scene. She is a part of a team of people who have created a program called The RIght Note which is a weekly music news and reviews online show featuring performances by some of Australia's best artists. She took the time to chat with Music Love all about her career in entertainment, her passion for local Australian music with some advice for aspiring music journalists and artists.Read More