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Chandra Watson, The Watson Twins

How would you describe your music?

Soul, Folk, Country, Indie Pop

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

"All duties are shared with my sister Leigh, the other twin, we are the main song writers and we trade off singing lead and playing guitar.

In the studio we are very involved in the entire process. From choosing the musicians, studio location, sounds, instrumentation, mixing and mastering.

Our first record was a self-released EP called ""Southern Manners"", because we were without a label at the time my sister and I and our manager, Lisa Klipsic, were very ""hands on"" out of necessity. Nothing was going to be done unless we pushed to make it happen. At this point in our career we now have a team of people working on our project, but we still remain very involved and hands on from a creative and business standpoint. I think that's because we have been that way since the beginning."

Describe your gear.

Vintage Yamaha Acoustic guitar, Beta 58 Mic, some percussion (i.e. tambo, shakers, etc.), harmonica and vocal chords

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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?

"Yes, the music industry is definitely a male dominated field. I think women have made a lot of progress in the past few years which is very exciting but it's not always easy to be ""heard.""

I spent a lot of years trying to voice my ideas and opinions to male producers and engineers in the studio... most of the time the reaction was that they were uninterested. I think because I didn't know as much technically and on top of that being a woman, it was tough to earn their respect. Now that my sister and I are the main artists and it is our project, we have sought out people that respect us and treat us equally in the studio and on stage."

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Do you see differences between generations of women musicians?

Yes, there are more women in the music industry which is amazing and with that there has been a lot of progress in how we are viewed. I think the women's movement through out the last 40 years a pretty accurate comparison to the music business, we have made great strides but still have a ways to go.

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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?

"Patience and Persistence

Give yourself room to be human


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Why did you choose to play the instrument you play?

My mom played guitar so there was always one in the house and it seemed like a good tool for writing.

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