1. Dallas Frasca are a fiercely independent band, it seems like you’ve been doing that for a while – even before it was perceived as ‘cool’ ….any comments? What are your thoughts on the mechanics like Pledge that are available now, but were not around when you started 10 years ago...
I think there were a number of bands (John Butler Trio, Blue King Brown) at the forefront of a movement around 8 years ago that paved a successful path without a record label within Australia that showed us that you can do it yourself, have charting success, I think it all comes down to the right passionate team around you! There are a number of killer programs in Australia (e.g. The Seed) set up to show bands and managers the foundation of how to DYI…… I am truly grateful that these exist.
Platforms like ‘Pledge’ ‘Kickstarter’ or ‘Pozible’ are rad set ups to engage with fans and friends on a one to one basis that takes the social media screen down and a killer way to set goals for your band to achieve. We raised over $22,000 for our last record which made to possible to record the album we always wanted to and all of the people who pledged were a huge part of.
2. You now have your own label, tell us about it….is it for your releases only, or will you work with other bands too?
After noticing a huge lack of support for a tonne of bands on the scene not getting the attention they deserve, we decided to launch Spank Betty Records in 2016 records for bands considered to be pushing the envelope as well as our own releases. We are currently on the scope for more talent and feel we have a lot to offer in the way of guidance, nurture and development.
3. You clearly have a great relationship with Ugly Kid Joe, how did that come about?
Skid Row and Ugly Kid Joe toured Australia two years ago and when their shows were finished, the band hung out in Oz for some sight seeing couple of weeks. They randomly ended up at one of our shows on one of their adventure and the day after the show, Whit (lead singer) tracked my number down and called me the next day after our show proposing that him and Sonny Mayo head into the studio together the next few days, without hesitation we said YES!! One of the songs we recorded for fun was, ‘Papa Was A Rolling Stone’ and was then blown away when UKJ put the track on their 1st album in 19yrs. We were such huge UKJ fans growing up and are so stoked to now be on the road around Europe with a band we truly love.
4. What other bands would you like to work / tour with?
Lita Ford, Halestorm, Dorothy, SATE. It would truly nice to travel with more woman on the road in this male dominated industry. I’d personally love to team up with more strong woman to learn, grow and be empowered from. I’m currently on a bus with 12 men, which is killer and super fun but would be rad to have some more woman warrior balance. C’mon girls, pick up those guitars it’s a fun and crazy ride out here!!
5. Dallas Frasca have been together for 10 years and you are constantly touring, how do you keep it fresh?
There are so many positive ups and humbling downs in this industry, Jeff and I constantly inject the right energy into the project at times when it’s needed most. They say the hardest thing about being in a band is keeping the band together so I suppose we’ve done a pretty good job so far. Our true love for music is what it’s all about and sharing that experience with people is often spoken about so we always keep in check why we are here doing what we do.
6. What bands are you currently listening to?
Blues Pill, Margaret Glaspy, Deap Valley and my queen Betty Davis….
7. You have a new EP, ‘Dirt Buzz’ out Now, tell us about it…
I was in a sacred waterhole in North East Arnhem Land with a bunch of friends at the top end of remote Australia earlier this year. We were all getting ready to leave, which involved a hectic climb up a cliff face. When it was my turn to scale up, I lost my grip at the top and fell 2 metres backwards directly onto rocks.
A first I thought I had broken my back as the pain that struck my body was beyond anything I’ve experienced before. I could not travel and as a couple of weeks had passed not being able to walk properly or even making much of a recovery, I decided to try a spiritual healing session from a shaman. The shaman awakened me and made me understand the whole experience was a message to me from the ancestors of that land and a message from the universe that I’d been avoiding for a long time. From that point the beginnings of a huge change occurred in me and the song-writing material was inspired. ‘Check Bang’ is about a self-discovery and what Arnhem Land taught me that day…
Dallas Frasca are touring the UK with Ugly Kid Joe and have a new EP, Dirt Buzz out now
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