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Blair Gimma, Blair

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How would you describe your music?

Pop Rock

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

I am the song-writer and director of the creative aspects in the studio and on stage. I work with equally talented and creative musicians and studio producers who share my creative vision. I rely on my own research and the experience of my management and record label, both of which are parts of Autumn Tone Records.

Describe your gear.

I play a Gibson Melody Maker Reissue through a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe Amplifier

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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 think that women are often pinned down to either an organic sounding singer song writer or a sex symbol. It's similar to the Madonna/Whore dichotemy.

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Do you see differences between generations of women musicians?

But, bands like The Kills, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Sleater Kinney, and Rilo Kiley have made my journey easier because they refuse to be simplified down into one cliched expected emotion of a female human being. Fans and press treat them like artists, not female artists. All artists want, male and female, is to be perceived as artists, not cartoons.

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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?

I would tell a woman artist the same thing I would tell a male artist, which is to work tirelessly on your art, the rest will take care of itself.

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Why did you choose to play the instrument you play?

"I began playing the guitar because I looked up to guitar players like Neil Young. "

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