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INTERVIEW

Behold: Bec Sandridge

By Susannah Tucker, 24 March 2017

Bec Sandridge is currently on tour but, in the midst of living the life of a rock 'n' roll front-woman, she found time to talk to us. That's super nice. She's a talented singer-songwriter-musician, the owner of an incredible monochromatic one-two punch of hair and brows, and has a rainbow-coloured collection of ASOS turtlenecks. Extreme girl crush: activated.

Bec Sandridge pink leather jacket

Picture: Ian Laidlaw

What has been your favourite part in the process of getting your first EP out: writing, recording or performing?
I think performing has been my favourite part thus far! I’m playing with a new band and it’s all pretty exciting. Swaggy and daggy synths, disco bass, fuzzy electric guitars and drums...

As far as performing goes, you have an undeniably #StrongLook on stage. Is your on-stage style and low-key style one in the same?
I think i dress pretty similarly on and off stage unless it’s a pajama/movie day at home. I’m all about comfort, so velvet trousers, elastic waist nanna-y type trousers and sneakers are a go to. [Ed note: see our Bec Sandridge-inspired edit below]
Bec Sandridge on stage in red suit

Picture: via Instagram.com@becsandridge

Let’s talk turtlenecks. You love wearing them and sources say you’re quite partial to an ASOS number. What is it about the humble skivvy that so appeals to you?
I am obsessed with turtlenecks. Thus far, i’ve purchased about 4 white turtlenecks, a black, a yellow, baby blue and pink one from ASOS. It’s a serious and legitimate addiction that probably needs to stop. I think there’s something that’s a bit throw-back about them, but also they’re just so easy to wear. You can tee it with some plain trousers and you’re ready to boogie. That’s literally been my stage outfit for the past year...
Bec Sandridge by Ian Laidlaw

Picture: Ian Laidlaw

Finish these sentences:

The last thing I lost was… my keys. I am a very forgetful person and i have a Mary Poppins sized backpack so it’s a recipe for disaster.

You should never take advice from… someone that is angry. 

I first realised I wanted to be a musician when… I left school. I started an Arts Degree doubling in English Lit + Sociology and I hated it. I deferred four times and travelled between Australia and Europe during the deferrals. During this time, I decided that music would be much more fun. I also like a good challenge. 

Being on stage feels like… I’m weightless. Which is kind of a weird thing to say. But at the time, when I’m playing, I feel like I can’t focus on anything else except for being present. Which for me, is really great - I’m usually such an anxious/nervous nelly so it’s nice to take a break from that.
Bec Sandridge with wild hair on stage

Picture: Giulia Giannini McGauran

The secret to being platinum blonde is… purple shampoo, Olaplex, a good hairdresser and patience. 

When packing for a tour, five items I always include are… my backpack, headphones, lip-stainer, 20 pairs of black socks and a good book. 

In my makeup bag you will always find... 
lip-stainer and twenty nail-polishes.
Bec Sandridge in green turtleneck

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The essential pre-show snack is made up of… Coca-Cola and cripsy M&M's. 

If I wasn’t a badass rock 'n' roll dynamo, I would probably be… an English Teacher. I’d like to do interior design or styling though. 

If describing myself using only a sequence of emojis, I would use the following: 😳 😘 🤓 🙋💃 👩‍❤️‍👩  💅🖐🏾 😳

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