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Nancy Falkow

How would you describe your music?

"Singer songwritery http://www.myspace.com/nancyfalkow http://www.myspace.com/sunflowmusic"

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

"Lead singer/songwriter Usually totally in control of everything"

Describe your gear.

"1950 Gibson LG 1 Fender Pro Junior Amp Ibanez bass Crappy yamaha keyboard Shure Beta 58a Shure 58

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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 worked in recording studios for 10 years and it was always very clear to me that I was usually the only girl around. Sometimes worked to my advantage as I got to do lots of vocal sessions and didn't have a lot of competition. But it would have been nice to have had more women around.

The best experience I ever had was playing in The Dirty Triplets an all girl band. I never laughed more, we had the most creative rehearsals, we advanced so quickly as a group, played the most prestigious gigs, and was a joy in every sense. It broke my heart when the band broke up for personal reasons of our lead singer.

But i think being the only girl in many bands, as well as at the studios made me very much a ""guys girl""

I never felt that being a girl was ever a hindrance. I never felt that i didnt get something because i was female. i never felt left out. maybe i'm lucky. but i always felt wanted and indispensable in any project because of my voice and my ability to harmonize (never because of my instrument playing, that was always secondary to my voice)"

Do you see differences between generations of women musicians?

"I'm quite out of the loop right now, not gigging a lot, so i couldn't really tell you. But I can tell you there was a point where i started feeling, yeah, they're getting younger and prettier all the time."

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?

"Just be good at what you do. Practice your instruments til your fingers bleed.

Find good sounding boards that will give you constructive criticism if you're a songwriter, not just someone who tells you everything is great.

Listen to music and your mother. "

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Why did you choose to play the instrument you play?

"Forced into piano lessons and thanked my mother many times Guitar - because you can't really take a piano from dorm room to dorm room Bass - because i felt like something new in my mid early 30's and it's awesome"

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