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Alyse Black

How would you describe your music?

Regina Spektor meets Norah Jones. Alt-pop with jazz influences.

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

artist (vocals/keyboard/piano), songwriter, accompanist, manager, agent, business manager, concert promoter, publicist, radio promoter, recording producer, mixing engineer, concert producer, graphic designer, web manager, admin, amateur lawyer/adviser. I am really starting to own that I own my projects. Which is nice. I'm stepping up to the plate.

Describe your gear.

Nord Stage EX 76. Senheiser e935.

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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. Women ask for less money, so they get paid less. Men are assumed to have more draw then women, and it might be actually true, though I don't like to think so.

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Do you see differences between generations of women musicians?

I think younger musicians right now, particularly women, are finding that they need to be scrappers. They need to grassroots everything. I think many of the older women musicians are more talented and INCREDIBLE. But they don't necessarily want to get involved with the nitty gritty of getting their music out there. And I would be lying to say that there wasn't an industry pull toward youth.

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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?

Work hard. Work every day at your craft - instrumentally, vocally, songwriting. And get out on the internet. Don't wait for permission to get your music in front of people. And ASK. Keep asking for what you want until you get it. "No" just means "no for now." Don't give up if this is really what you want to do. Be unstoppable. The world needs the art that comes straight from who you are. Make the best damn art you can, and give it to us!

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Why did you choose to play the instrument you play?

Piano was the first instrument I sang to as a child with my father playing ragtime-style with me. It is the instrument my voice just sinks into best. But I also love singing to my guitar.

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