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Melissa McClelland

How would you describe your music?

Roots. Singer/songwriter.

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

singer/songwriter in my own band. backups & guitar in other bands. fully involved decision maker & player in the studio, but not the producer. Six Shooter records is in charge of business & marketing, but all decisions are made together.

Describe your gear.

Martin D18 1973. Telecaster 1966. Pedal board with distortion, reverb, tremolo. Custom made amp built from a bell & howell film projector, called a Bernie.

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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'm sure it's different, but I'm not sure what that difference is. I have never felt at a disadvantage. I think men approach music from a different angle, but those lines are becoming blurred & that's a good thing I think.

Do you see differences between generations of women musicians?

women are starting to master their instruments in the rock/pop/blues/jazz/folk world. Instead of just being a 'voice' or a 'songwriter', women are playing lead guitar & getting behind the drum kit. That wasn't as common back in the day.

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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?

work tirelessly at your craft. That's your only job. Find good, honest people to work with.

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Why did you choose to play the instrument you play?

started with violin as a kid, but picked up guitar & piano in my early teens. good tool for writing songs.

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