Mallrat Calls Out 'Progressive' Musicians For Hypocrisy And Tokenism

24 February 2023 | 9:43 am | Parry Tritsiniotis

"It does piss me off that Australian artists think they’re sooo progressive and yet I look around backstage at festivals and everybody else’s crew is just Dave Dave Craig Mike."

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Mallrat has become vocal about the glaring gender disparity in the music industry once again, calling out "progressive" artists and their white male dominated teams.

She said on Twitter that, "Hmm yes actually it does piss me off that Australian artists think they’re sooo progressive and yet I look around backstage at festivals and everybody else’s crew is just Dave Dave Craig Mike.

"Like in what other industry can you EXCLUSIVELY have men on your pay roll and simultaneously position yourself as liberal cool modern inclusive bla bla bla.”

Last year Mallrat also called out the ARIAs calling out their male dominated list of nominees. 

“Fuck the ARIAs, when I looked at the list of nominees this morning my initial reaction was to feel personally underestimated and misunderstood by my album being snubbed," she said.

“Then I took a deep breath, then I realised it’s not about me. Approximately ⅕ of the nominees are non-male. In categories like heavy rock there are no non male artists at all. 

"So I’m again reminded that the Australian music industry like many industries is dominated by men and in this case men who don’t think an artist is credible unless it's a nonchalant dude playing guitar/rock music. F*ck you guys you don’t get it.”

Mallrat released her commercially successful album Butterfly Blue in May of last year. It peaked at #2 on the ARIA Top 20 Australian Album charts the week it was released and received positive reviews from the likes of NME, Pitchfork, The Guardian and many more globally and locally. Butterfly Blue is a gorgeous pop record that floats between genres, emotions and energy.

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