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Dottie Alexander, of Montreal

How would you describe your music?

art school semi formal

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

"I play a large part in creative brainstorming for live shows, and handle a lot of business, especially in the early days.

Also, I'm the keyboard player. :)"

Describe your gear.

Korg Radias, Kurzweil KME 61, Epiphone Dot semi hollow body guitar, early 1970's Fender reverb deluxe amp, multiple effects pedals, 2 Roland JX3P Synths

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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?

Of COURSE. Ask any woman who's toured as an equal member of a band. I guess it was first made clear to me when I showed up to a venue and was shown "where to set up merch". This has happened over and OVER. (my bandmates, who are all men, have never made me feel any different)

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Do you see differences between generations of women musicians?

Yes. This generation seems to reward superficial mediocrity in women.

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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?

It seems as though women in music are given 2 options for success: be a sex symbol, or a crazy hardass. I think that my best advice would be to scrap these extremes, and just be really really good at what you do. Work on your musical prowess and stage presence. It's amazing how much respect you can gain just by being as good as the dude playing next to you.

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Why did you choose to play the instrument you play?

I was good at it

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