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Kerry Davis, Two Tears

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How would you describe your music?

Kim Deal meets Bananarama meets Pussy Galore.

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

I write all the songs, book all the tours, make all the artwork and run it as my business. I need help.

Describe your gear.

I play a 1964 Melody Maker modified with humbucking pickups and a Fender Super Reverb.

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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! The moment is made clear to me every time I put on my guitar and must adjust my strap around my boobs. Also, when I was in Guitar Center in LA and the salesman asked if I was shopping for my boyfriend. Being heckled on stage by guys was shocking, then I just laughed at them because I was on stage and they were watching/paying to get in. The best thing about being a female musician is when a male asks if you need help loading in your amp-say yes! Don't be proud-those things are heavy."

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Do you see differences between generations of women musicians?

I came from the Riot Girl scene though I didn't participate in it , I see less girls picking up instruments and female musicians getting less exposure and it makes me sad. I'm hoping with Vivian Girls and Dum Dum Girls and other solo artists that "trend" will return. But we're raised to believe we're not "allowed" to be in bands.

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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?

Some friends and record producers taught me about the business and it's important to understand it, but my advice is to play what makes you happy as this industry can be evil and the satisfaction of playing can never be taken away from you!

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Why did you choose to play the instrument you play?

"My first band the Red Aunts was started by a group of friends, whichever instrument our boyfriends had determined what instrument we played. Free gear. I bought my own guitar shortly after. "

Related Themes: The First Time