AWMA Questionnaire Series: Alice Skye

The Australian Women in Music Awards is such an important event to showcase and appreciate women who work so hard in the music industry, how does it feel to be part of such a special event?

I always feel beyond grateful and happy to see my name in the company of so many other people I admire. It’s a very unexpected and nice thing to feel.

Growing up, as a young girl, did you ever imagine you’d be part of something like the AWMA?

I recently found a diary of mine from when I was around 10 or 11 and I was speaking about how badly I wanted to be a singer/songwriter. I didn’t ever really remember it being a huge dream or something I thought of ever becoming real – but I’m so glad it has.

What inspired you to be a musician? Where did your love of music stem from?

I think a large part of it is to do with the fact that I found so much comfort in music growing up. Being from a smaller town and not necessarily seeing myself reflected in the world around me, or knowing how to communicate how I felt – I think it can help to listen to songs that make you feel “seen”. And songwriting became a nice tool for me to express my thoughts just to myself. 

There are many amazing women and men who work hard in the music industry. Everyone has someone they look up to, are inspired by and have great respect for within their own line of work/industry. Who is someone you look up to/are inspired by? (focusing on women in this instance)

There definitely are so many amazing people working so hard in the music industry to create space and change, and I find inspiration in many different people doing different things. I especially find great inspiration and strength in my First Nations sisters in the industry. Emily Wurramara, Thelma Plum, Mojo Juju and more – there’s just no support network like people who have experienced or are currently experiencing the things you are, especially in a world like the music industry.

This year, we celebrate 90 years of International Women’s Day being observed in Brisbane, what does International Women’s Day mean to you? How important is recognising women in our society and having equality for everyone to you?

It’s as important to me as all facets of equality are. I think the more diverse, different and aware of other people’s experiences we are – the more exciting and beautiful life can be. 

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The Brisbane Powerhouse is such a stunning venue, perfect for the AWMA, it’s an iconic venue for Brisbane music, entertainment and arts, what does the venue mean to you? Have you performed there before? What are some fond memories you have of the venue?

I’ve performed there once before I feel – and I loved the space. I think Meanjin (Brisbane) is home to so many incredible venues! (low key my favourite city to go to)

What would be your advice to any young female artists/musicians/bands who are just starting out?

I’m honestly still learning so much all of the time, but at the moment I’m really trying to practice being patient and nicer to myself – so I guess that’d be my advice.

The Australian Women in Music Awards is being held at the Brisbane Powerhouse on October 8 and 9. For more details click HERE.

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