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Emma Anzai, Sick Puppies

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How would you describe your music?

Pop/Alternative/Heavy Rock

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

I'm in a 3 piece band, play bass and sing, I started the band with my singer and we all collaborate in the studio etc. In terms of business we have our manager Paul Stepanek.

Describe your gear.

I play Warwick basses ( Streamer stage 1 ) and I play through Ampeg Amps ( SVT Classic through 8 x 10 Cabinets)

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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?

Yes it's definitely different.Firstly it's not really expected for a woman to be in a band and play an instrument so when you go out there people always find it unusual.Secondly it's a mostly male environment and for a woman to be able to work and feel comfortable in that environment can be a challenge at times because being a touring musician isn't just a job it's a way of life, you're living on a bus (Very close quarters) with 7 or 8 other guys and that something you have to get used to in your own way.After touring for a couple of years you get to know yourself more and also the people around you and you learn your thresholds and limits and find a good balance, I found that because I am a woman I needed different things, I tend to need more time to myself so the bus bunk comes in very handy!!

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Do you see differences between generations of women musicians?

I'd say that women musicians these days (because of the economy and how the industry is in recent times) need to be more thick skinned and adaptable, you have to be cool with sharing buses, rooms etc and being able to think more like a guy to get by.

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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?

"Honestly there wasn't really one particular role model, however I did see lots of bands doing the hard yards and working their butts off to get their band heard and out there, that was inspiring.Our manager Paul Stepanek was also a person that helped us/me to not lose sight of what I was doing when things got tough, he inspired me to keep pushing forward.I also didn't pay much attention to the fact that I was a girl trying to make it in this industry that was mainly paved for guys. The one thing I never lost sight of was the dream, everyone has one and mine was to be successful in music and practicing the bass like there was no tomorrow so if that meant being the only girl, that was fine by me. The one thing I say to girls that ask me for advice when starting out is to NEVER listen to anyone telling you that you can't do it and always listen to your heart. "

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Why did you choose to play the instrument you play?

"I played guitar at first and learned the basics on it however when I met my singer in high school he actually played guitar as well so in order to start a band I moved over on to bass. It turned out to be the for the best! I love how bass is a mixture of drums and guitar, a mixture of rhythm and melody."

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