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Pilley Bianchi

Photo of Pilley BianchiRobin Pilley

How would you describe your music?

Neo-classical pop. Formerly Pop/Rock. Originally Classical. Debut with Charleston Symphony Orchestra at 16.

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

I am pianist, composer, singer/producer. www.bianchimusica.com or www.myspace.com/bianchimusica & www.myspace.com/pilleybianchi

Describe your gear.

Lots of keyboard & recording gear. Now, most events I play rent a grand piano.

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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?

Absolutely. As a sideman, I was featured as a keyboardist on MTV's TURN IT UP with an all male band. The guys had no respect for me. Then I did a show with Denis Learly and all male band and got respect but also envy because I was featured on camera because I was prettier than they were. I also got rock/pop gigs simply because I was a woman.

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Do you see differences between generations of women musicians?

Not really. Times don't really change, just our perception.

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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?

"Amazing pianist Lee Luvisi (I studied with him at Aspen Music Festival) He said ""the only secret is, there is no secret, you just have to work hard and practice.""

Pianist Ivan Davis. ""you can do it, I believe in you.""

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Why did you choose to play the instrument you play?

Always loved the piano and knew it was what I wanted to do, since I was 4.

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