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Kristina Esfandiari aka Mountshout

How would you describe your music?

mystical, lyrical, intense

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

i write all my own songs. i play by myself. sometimes i can conjure up enough spare time to practice and have a drummer play with me.

Describe your gear.

just an audix mic & my parlor style pawn shop fender acoustic guitar.

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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?

" i'd have to say it depends on the person. some women can be really naive and some really strong and discerning. i have been in situations where a guy told me that he loved my music and wanted to help me in any way possible. i was cautious and upfront about my intentions in working with him musically and that i meant only to focus on my music. turned out the guy had an interest in ME, not to say that he didn't have a genuine interest in my music. but his motives were twisted. it is hard not to come off as suspicious sometimes.

i feel like i have seen a lot of female musicians get away with having little to no talent because they play coy and cute or have sex appeal. i have seen some guys get away with this too. "

Do you see differences between generations of women musicians?

honestly, not really. we have more available to us then we ever did before so maybe i should be able to see some difference.

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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?

toughen up! do what you feel compelled to do and don't let anyone pressure you into doing things their way.

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Why did you choose to play the instrument you play?

my parents got me a guitar for my 16th birthday. took me years to actually pick up the thing and play it. maybe i was a little bit compelled towards guitar? i love instruments in general.

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