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Lindsey

How would you describe your music?

Sitting on the platform of pop-rock, Lindsey makes music to smile to and cry to. Lyrically packed with subjects not often discussed in pop such as eating disorders, abuse and death as well as the more light hearted topic of forever love! Lindsey is not afraid to speak her mind and does so delivered by powerful, passionate vocals, backed with soaring guitar melodies.

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

"My debut album was released in 2009, recorded at Abbey Road Studios and The Dairy Brixton. I raised £12.5k through fans money by pioneering and setting up 'Pick an Orange Project' in 2008. Each song was called an 'orange' and each 'orange' had 10 'segments'. I sold these segments for £100 each and in under 5 months had raised £12.5k towards the album. I co-wrote every track on the album and I co-produced the album and arranged the tracks. I sat in on mixing also. I hand picked the musicians. I book all my gigs, I act as my own manager. I set up my own label TLC Records, to release the album on. I often use my middle name and maiden name to make up Victoria Powling, Head of TLC Records, when making business calls. I do my own press plugging using this alias and have had success getting airplay and reviews globally. So, I make all the decisions basically! I'm hoping people will come on board along the way so I can concentrate on writing and performing more, but having said that I enjoy driving my career and think I will find it hard to release control!!!! "

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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?

Absolutely. Music is a mans world. On the tour bus, in the studio, in the business meeting; its all about the boys. I find it hard as a young, blonde girl to often get taken seriously especially in meetings and in the studio. On my album I had to fight to get musicians that were working for me to take my seriously at first and they kept looking to my co-producer Kevan. Eventually you get taken seriously but you have to prove yourself for a lot longer than a man would. The same is said for meetings with industry types. I have to prove myself to be intelligent and business minded. That is not taken for granted, even looking at my past with setting up the label, setting up Pick an Orange Project, raising £12.5k and co-writing and co-producing the album. The impression I get is that they think all that has been worded well to look like I actually drove all that, instead of assuming that I actually did all that...by myself!! I think if you want to survive in the music industry as a woman you have to accept this is the way it is and be prepared to work hard and longer than the men often do to proove yourself.

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Do you see differences between generations of women musicians?

Not in my experience.

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?

"My best advice was from my Dad who said don't believe the bad stuff they write about you and don't believe the good stuff. Don't let the good stuff swell your head, don't let the bad stuff bring you down. Instead know who you are, what you are about and stay steady. This life is such a rollercoaster that I almost daily remind myself of this!

My advice to a woman musician starting out would be to do the best with what you've got. Don't try to be something you're not, as a musician, as a person, as an image. Just work hard at making the best out of what you've got. It's all about working hard. And sticking together as ladies and supporting each other, instead of comparing and bringing another girl down. Leave that to the men to do!! We need to be strong together I think. Its healthier all round."

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Why did you choose to play the instrument you play?

I was always the performer. Dancing, singing and making a show of myself. Singing was just natural. I later became a songwriter and found my passion for communicating through music.

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