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Talia Sekons, The Lost Pines

How would you describe your music?

folksy, old-time-sounding original tunes with bluegrass flavor

What is your role in your band? In the studio? In business or marketing decisions?

I am in charge of my band. I do all the booking, promotion and management, write some of the songs and make all the logistical decisions. I am also the front-person.

Describe your gear.

Collings d2h guitar, sm58 mic, red eye pre-amp

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Do you think being a woman and a musician is different from being a man and a musician? If so, how? Was there a moment that made a difference clear to you?

"When I realized that the band (5 guys and me) wouldn't get anywhere unless I took charge.

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Did anyone ever give you any valuable advice about making your way in the music industry? What advice would you give to a woman musician just starting out?

"Don't give up your guitar to an arrogant guy in a song circle...they might just not give it back! It gets boring seeing only guys on stage. People love to see talented women up there, so and having a woman in a band in a sure way to stand out. Don't be intimidated by guys who have been playing a lot longer than you have. Learn from them. Chances are, if you are excited about learning and actually work at it, you will find many people willing to teach you/jam with you. Also, host jam sessions with players who are better than you are but whom you feel comfortable playing in front of. This way, you can feel comfortable in your own space and can learn a lot more than you might showing up at a jam where you might feel intimidated."

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Why did you choose to play the instrument you play?

it's easy to pick up and take a guitar with you wherever you go, especially the porch, and I wanted to be able to accompany myself when I sing

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