snap by by Giulia McGuaran.
International Women’s Day may have come and gone, but if there’s one lesson to take from the occasion, it’s that every day is a good day to shout out kick-arse women and non-binary folks. Today we’re proud as punch to be supporting our mates over at PBS FM who cooked up a super-rad IWD program last week involving rising rapper P-UniQue, booty shakers Sugar Fed Leopards and electronic deity Alice Ivy. If you missed out on vibing out to the glorious tunes in person, do the next best thing and treat yourself to this exclusive video of Alice Ivy’s set. Plus, scroll down to read our chat with Alice (aka Annika Schmarsel) – she's got plenty of advice for anyone looking to start making electronic music.
Who are some of your favourite local female and non-binary acts? I’m blessed to be a part of such a vibrant and nourishing female and non-binary music scene in Melbourne at the moment. Some of my favourite local acts include Nai Palm, Kaiit, Imbi the Girl, Miss Blanks, Bertie Blackman, Alex the Astronaut, Ecca Vandal, Mallrat, Thelma Plum, Kota Banks, Beatrice, E^st… honestly I could go on and on!
Tell us a little about the coolest woman you know. The coolest woman I know is my great aunty. I’m proud to be related to her and I hope to turn out just like her when I’m older. She grew up in Germany during the second World War, when most of the young men her age tragically died as a result. She never married but in the past few years, got her first serious boyfriend! She’s currently 88 and still super active, too. She rides her bike, cooks, paints, does language classes, goes on holidays and she tells the most unbelievable stories. She's the most positive person I've ever met in my life. She’s just amazing!
Who are the women (living or dead) that you’d work with and why? I would have loved to have cut up some samples and do a session with Amy Winehouse. She's one of the greatest of all time in my book. I would also love to work with Yukimi Nagano from Little Dragon. I just love their music and I find her approach to songwriting really interesting. It’s not quite pop, but her melodies and lyrics are still so catchy and relatable.
What’s your advice to young women and non-binary people who are looking to get into electronic music? When learning how to produce electronic music, regardless of what software you're using, whether it’s Pro Tools, Logic, Ableton or what not, try to be patient. It takes hours and hours of time to become confident. The cool thing about it is the more music you make, the better you will get at it. Reach out to people who inspire you and ask if you can pick their brain. The worst thing they could possibly do is say no. Finally, trust your ears. If you think something sounds great, that’s GREAT! You don’t have to know all of the tricks in the book to make good music. We're all still learning.
What’s one music related goal you have for 2019? I would love to be able to do more writing trips. I was very fortunate to write my new album in Melbourne, Sydney, Newcastle, London, Toronto, Detroit, Austin and Los Angeles last year. I love working from the comfort of my studio in Melbourne but there's something extra special about doing it on the road, living out of a suitcase, exploring a new city and making friends with likeminded individuals along the way.
What’s one non-music related goal? I would love to be able to maintain my platinum Frequent Flyer status because I've become utterly addicted to airport lounges.
What’s your favourite thing to do after a gig? I love to pop a bottle of French champagne. I don’t drink alcohol before or during shows ever so it’s always a special little moment once the job is done. Then I chase it with a bottle of coconut water because you've got to keep hydrated.
If you had a magical power what would it be? Teleportation, for sure. It would be so cool being able to pick and choose a location and just be there at the snap of your fingers.
Is there anything else you’d like to tell frankie readers? If you're an aspiring female or non-binary musician or producer and you're having doubts about your ability to take it to the next level, I encourage you to stick with it. Hard work pays off. It's only been a couple of years since I released my first piece of music as Alice Ivy and now it's become a full-time gig. There are many resources and initiatives for women and non-binary people out there to help you hone your skills, network and learn the ins-and-outs of the business. Take advantage of them and look to your peers for support. We're a community.