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Madame Scorpio, Scorpio Rising

How would you describe your music?

"We call ourselves Millennium Disco, we are rockin' dance music. Like Madonna and the Rolling Stones got together. Scissor Sister-ish"

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

"I am the front woman, the singer as well wear a lot of hats. Our band does everything, we don't get much outside help. I fund our studio, always in on the mix of our recordings for approval. Sometimes I will help engineer Wonderbred while he records his parts. The marketing is always in my lap. Both Wonderbred and I manage all our social networking sites for marketing, we both work on the art for posters ect..Wonderbred is the master of the studio though. "

Describe your gear.

We are an elctronica band with live drums, bass and guitar with backing tracks. All backing tracks are our original works.

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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?

"In a few ways, people treat you different knowing you are the front woman, but I have gotten some bad treatment thinking I am a groupie...that pisses me off. some people are infatuated with Fem fronts as well some think woman just can't rock...It doesn't really matter to me...just being in a band makes for different treatment no matter the gender..most people seems to not respect musicians overall...like it is a bottom feeder choice. They have no idea how much work goes into creating and maintaining a band. "

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 a job. If you are in a band or doing it for yourself you and other members better have a job. There will be many expenses to pay. Practice faculty, tour transpo van, gas, food, instrument repairs, adding instruments, trailer, keeping your travel van up on maintenance, registration, inspection, van insurance, advertising, flyers, give always, tshirts, all your merch, legal advice...many many tings that need to be paid for. If no one in the band has a huge bank roll...get a job! If it comes down to having to quit your job because your music is taking off so well, that is great...but it will probably not happen. It is best that you wear all the hats, no one else will have your bets interest except yourself...don't trust anyone.. so ""get a job"" and ""don't trust anyone"" is my advice, along with grow a thick skin...you're under the spot light and people have their opinions. On the same note...having a job helps with a bank account to pay medical expenses. I was diagnosed with breast cancer Oct 16 2009. Fortunately I have a full time job with great insurance, even though the co-pays are kicking my butt at this time, I have no idea what I would have done with out the insurance. i know for a fact my treatments would not be the same. I am in my 5th chemo treatment with one more to go. I had a mastectomy and will go through a couple more surgeries to finish up the reconstruction already in progress. We are playing SXSW showcase at the Ghost Room 304 west 4th str. on Thursday, March 18th at 7pm sharp! Austin Texas in the warehouse district. "

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Why did you choose to play the instrument you play?

It was destiny to be a front woman.

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