“I don’t know a single artist personally who their label is making their decisions for them, and I think that’s really different — especially for women — than how it has been.”
Betty Who is discussing the energy she’ll bring to her performance this Sunday at Washington’s fifth annual All Things Go Fall Classic.
“It really does feel like these women are artists,” the Australian singer says. “They’re determining who they want to be, they’re determining the stories that they want to tell to people. The kind of fans that they bring in come in because they are drawn to them, because it’s honest.”
A loud and proud supporter of the LGBTQ community, Who believes the country is witnessing a shifting landscape for women in pop music.
“You’re not just a pretty face with an okay voice,” she says. “They used to give you sounds, and they put you in a studio and they dress you and they do your music videos — it doesn’t feel like that anymore. I think this is for the women who are in my same space.
“I’m not talking about the biggest stars in the world, because I think it’s hard to define a community when you are that successful. There is still this thing of like, all of us — every single one of us — has dedicated our entire lives to doing this one crazy thing that may or may not work out.”
Who is looking forward to her return to Washington. “The energy in the city is incredible,” she says. “It’s such a beautiful music city. I have probably never been sweatier in my entire life than I was at my first ‘All Things Go Fall Classic’ show. I am hoping to bring just as much energy but maybe a little less sweat.”
The All Things Go Fall Classic is Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 6 and 7 at Union Market. General Admission tickets are $65 for 1-Day or $95 for 2-Day, while VIP tickets are $139 for Sunday or $229 for 2-Day (Saturday-only VIP is sold out) and include fast-entry express lane, access to a VIP Viewing Area and Lounge with complimentary food, dedicated cash bar and specialty food vendors viewing areas. Call 888-512-7469 or visit allthingsgofallclassic.com.