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Anni Rossi

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How would you describe your music?

"Indie Pop songs made with a precariously amplified ancient instrument


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

I am a solo artist, so I am responsible for the final say in all of these things.

Describe your gear.

I have a viola which I play as a rhythm/lead guitar most of the time. I have 2 pickups on the instrument, one electric guitar pickup and one string pickup. I usually play the viola through a fender twin or a silvertone amp. I also use analogue synthesizers - the rogue moog and a juno.

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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 am a very direct communicator. It can be difficult to not fulfill the unaware, flighty and quirky expectations the music industry and press often have of an artist like me . Male solo artists and bands face this too, but my instincts tell me it's slightly more ingrained to expect this from the "female solo artist type".

Do you see differences between generations of women musicians?

The younger women I know tend to be pursuing their own solo artist career or band while the older women are working behind the scenes in production, specifically high end pop production for other artists. Unfortunately, I don't know many women in the music industry over the age of 40. The women I know who have sustained themselves for a number of years have filled multiple musical roles over the course of their career. As a young musician looking to the experienced generation's successes and struggles, I would feel like I hit the jackpot if I was able to continue presenting and developing my own artistic ideas full time for the long term.

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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?

"Get as much experience as you can, quit your day job so your back is up against the wall and also learn how to sing in tune before you decide it's not your thing. Give yourself enough room to understand what kind of artist/musician you are and keep low expectations and an open mind about where you might be in the months or years to come. "

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Why did you choose to play the instrument you play?

My mom got some wrong info when she signed me up for a community ed class when I was 3. We showed up expecting a group music class for toddlers, but when we showed up it turned out I was signed up for private violin lessons. We just rolled with it. Violin lessons eventually turned into piano lessons and I ended up with a viola for chamber music in high school. i started writing songs when i was 10 and have been focusing on my own songs and solo stuff for about 6 years.

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