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Astrum Lux Lucis, One World (R)evolution

How would you describe your music?

Straight up rock, like a female fronted 3 Doors Down type of vibe. Throw in a little bit of Heart, Pat Benatar, and P!nk as well.

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

I am the band leader, main songwriter, front person, it is basically my band from the ground up. I hire the backing musicians and basically do all the work. In the studio, I let the pro's do their job - producer produces, engineer engineers, etc. I may put some input in for the final mix as I know what I desire to hear in the final outcome and went to Full Sail University so I am very familiar with the studio environment. Plus I've recorded and self-released 6 albums. In business / marketing, so far it has been me doing this as well, but it is not my strong point. Last year I signed with a manager and I also now have a marketing person on my team as well.

Describe your gear.

Taylor acoustic guitar, Jackson custom Soloist electric guitar, Daisy Rock Elite Special electric guitar, Charvel Model 2 electric guitar, MacBook for recording, several microphones, Guitar Research amplifier, Schecter electric guitar, Alesis QS8 keyboard, bongos

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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, absolutely! It's still a man's world. It's getting better for woman in music, but woman are still expected to be young and pretty and exploiting their sexuality whereas a man can get by on his talents no matter what he looks like, with the exception of perhaps pop music where it's also based on looks and not necessarily talent. The biggest moment that made this difference clear to me was when some guy (I think he was a booking agent or something) told me I needed to drop 10 pounds and dress more sexy. It's also evident if you just look at the current music industry and what the men look like verses the women, and their ages as well. It is ok for men in the industry to be over 21, but if you're a women and you're over 21, you're a has-been unless you made it before you hit 21.

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Do you see differences between generations of women musicians?

Yes. I think the younger women feel they have to exploit themselves sexually instead of just being kick ass at their craft. Older women are more confident in their own abilities and are secure enough in themselves to let their talents carry them. I think this is more of a cultural thing though and can be seen in all women, not just musicians. The media programs girls at a young age that their looks are the only thing that matter and will get them success. It's quite sad actually.

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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?

LOL- I've received all kinds of advice, and depending on my mood, the valuable advice to take is - "get out now and get a "real" job" or "keep plugging at it, the cream eventually rises to the top". Unfortunately, despite coming from a pretty musical family, I was never encouraged to pursue music as a real profession. My Dad would always tell me I had a better chance of winning the lottery than I do of making it in music. So there has always been an internal battle going on inside me which totally hinders my success at times. It takes years to get over that kind of programming. The advice I will give to a woman musician starting out is: be true to yourself at all times and in all things. Keep perfecting your craft everyday, take people's advice and opinions for what they are but always remain true to yourself. There is no need to sell yourself sexually so just be yourself and let your talent shine the light. Success is a state of mind, so be the success you choose to be.

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Why did you choose to play the instrument you play?

It came naturally to me. I started playing music as young as 4 years old. My Mom plays piano so we always had a piano in the house and I'd bang around on it and play by ear. In grade school I played trumpet, snare drum, and alto saxophone. In 1981 I saw The Go-Go's on MTV and decided I wanted to be a rock star. I began playing drums and a year or so later joined my first band. In high school I started messing around on a friend's guitar and it felt really natural for me so I switched to guitar. My Grandmother likes to tell me I've been singing since I was in nursery school. I just really love to sing and write great songs. Music is my outlet and my little piece to be the change I wish to see in the world.

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