Alex The Astronaut has released an interview with tennis star, disability advocate and Australian Of The Year Dylan Alcott. The chat sees the pair talking about disability, including what the music industry can do to better support disabled musicians.
Alex revealed her Level 1 autism diagnosis in 2021 during a stand-up gig, and Dylan was one of the first people that she told about the diagnosis. She subsequently performed at Ability Fest, a truly inclusive and accessible music festival, which is put on by the Dylan Alcott Foundation and Untitled Group.
Throughout the chat, the pair touch on the way that people view disability, how increasing the visibility of disabled musicians can inspire the next generation, and how accessibility features change the lives of disabled people everywhere. It's an insightful, thought-provoking chat on a topic that isn't spoken about nearly enough.
The interview comes as Alex prepares to release her second album, How To Grow A Sunflower Underwater, on July 22nd. It's the follow-up to The Theory Of Absolutely Nothing, and will feature previously-released singles Growing Up, Airport and Octopus. Alex has an almost-unmatched ability to turn human experiences into comforting, relatable songwriting, and we can't wait for her new album.
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You can learn more about autism here, and you can check out the pair's conversation before. It's an important watch, and a reminder of what can be better done to create a truly inclusive and accessible world for everyone so that we're hearing from as many voices as possible.