Tina Arena on misogyny, musicians struggling during COVID and the ‘beautiful alchemy’ of performing


During 4 years as one of Australia’s finest enjoyed singer-songwriters, Tina Arena has actually seen her market deal with a lot of obstacle and modification.

After a year when the arts were forgotten and musicians “really struggled”, she’s delighted to go back to the essentials of performing on phase, touring Australia later on this year.

“Tiny Tina” ended up being a family name aged 8 as a preferred on Australian range TELEVISION program Young Talent Time.

Arena states she still gets “really emotional” recalling at old videos of herself performing, due to the fact that she has “a real respect for that little girl”.

“The arts was my calling,” she informs 7.30.

“I would have to say that I was probably under five, when that became really apparent to me.”

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Reflecting on her life, she informs 7.30 she dealt with some substantial difficulties.

“I grew up in an era where it wasn’t terribly cool to be ethnic,” she states.

“I was also in an industry surrounded by an incredible amount of misogyny and really poor behaviour. To which I’m very, very aware of now, as a mature woman.”

‘I simply wish to do my task’

While the market has actually altered in the years considering that Arena started performing, absolutely nothing might have prepared artists for the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lockdowns and stringent social distancing guidelines have actually closed places around the world, and thousands of Australian musicians and industry figures say the sector is in crisis.

“And are certainly the last to be reinstated.”

Arena thinks it’s been a time of knowing for the market, provoking artists to re-think how they work.

She states copyright is “majorly undervalued”, significance “the economic system was not set up for the artists”.

She states that required lots of artists — including herself — to offer their material away totally free in order to stay pertinent.

Tina Arena states absolutely nothing compares to performing in front of an audience.(

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It’s versus this background that Arena will quickly require to the phase once again as part of a nationwide trip.

“Not only for myself, I’m excited for the collective. I’m excited for an industry that’s been on pause for over a year now … I just want to do my job.”

And with all the benefits of digital development, Arena states the thing she has actually missed out on the most is human interaction and connection.

“A screen will never, ever replace the beautiful alchemy that happens between human beings. It just it can never do that. And it will never do that.”

The ‘remarkable opportunity’ of being enjoyed by generations

After years in the music market, Arena’s music stays pertinent to a more youthful audience.

The front cover of Tina Arena's album 'don't ask'.
Don’t Ask was Australia’s highest-selling album of 1995 and one of the biggest-selling albums by an Australian female vocalist ever.(

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Her struck album Don’t Ask, launched in the mid-1990s, is still in routine rotation, owing, she states, to tunes like Sorrento Moon that “came from a very, very honest place”.

“Don’t Ask became a sort of soundtrack of their [parent’s] lives and I find it so exquisitely beautiful that they have been able to transcend that record,” she states.

“And those stories and melodies have been passed down in generations. It’s an extraordinary privilege for me.”

Tina Arena’s Australian trip Enchanté: The Songs Of Tina Arena starts in Brisbane in early May.

Watch the complete interview tonight on 7.30 on ABC TELEVISION and iview.

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