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Kathy Leisen "Glass Rock"

How would you describe your music?

I write meloncholy sweet soul/pop songs. The guitar is very simple and rhythmic and the vocals are dominant.

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

"I am the primary songwriter. After I write demos that include basic guitar and vocal melody and lyrics, we arrange the song as a band and all members write parts. In the studio I have opinions, but no technical ability. I don't have strong opinions or strategies about business or marketing decisions, and don't contribute. I have a low expectation of commercial success and its not in my primary reasons why I make music. That doesn't mean I wouldn't enjoy it!"

Describe your gear.

I play an acoustic Takamine guitar, and play whatever keyboards, synth or rhythm is around the studio or practice space.

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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 I think so. I mean I know so. But its difficult for me to illustrate.

Do you see differences between generations of women musicians?

I don't have any direct experience with that.

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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?

My advice would be do it because you love it. and that there's a lot of assholes out there, but there's also a lot of amazing people out there too. So be patient and be persistent and have a good sense of humor. Success is personal.

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Why did you choose to play the instrument you play?

After playing simple casio keyboards for years, my close friend and music collaborator bought me an acoustic guitar for my 23rd birthday. It felt right and it just stuck. I still play the same guitar. I like the way it sounds with my voice.

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