Dallas the diva of revolution
DALLAS Frasca is spearheading a revolution in Australian music. In taking out the $80,000 Musicoz Artist of the Year and Best Blues and Roots Song Awards, she is championing the independent artists who are creating the next wave.
Tours with Xavier Rudd, playing the Big Day Out, fronting Midnight Oil in the absence of Peter Garrett, and flying to Montreal to represent Australia at International Earth Day, these are some of the highlights of an action-packed year.
But for Dallas and her guitar-slinger Jeff Goatboy Curran, independence is their most important asset.
“Awards are like a pat on the back for hard work and as independent artists we work pretty hard,” says Dallas from Lennox Head. “We’ve been on the road for four years and I think its reassurance that we’re on the right path.
“Would you have ever thought that we’d be meeting BB King in France?” she asks.
Goatboy nods wisely. Famous for his irreverent blogs as much as for his scorching guitar chops, he’s been a road warrior for many years. His reply could be enshrined as a charter of independence for touring bands.
“We’ve got nothin’ to complain about. If you’ve got a feed and you’re able to play your instrument and your songs, it’s all you need. You don’t need to be Australian Idol or have a top 10 hit,” he says.
“If you live out of your car, you slip into a different place. When you’re on the road you can disconnect from everything, except the people and real things around you, not what’s fed through the TV.”
Dallas Frasca plays the Lennox Point Hotel this Friday night (April 23).
“You’re not a local until you’ve spent 20 years here. I’ve got a long way to go,” she admits.
Meanwhile she’s contemplating rotation on Nova FM, part of the Musicoz prize.
“With the internet at our fingertips we can make anything happen,” she says.
“But we’ve got a long way to go. We are really grateful and blessed to be doing this.”