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Phanie Diaz, Girl In A Coma

How would you describe your music?

Alternative,indie,punk,rock and roll

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

Besides playing drums,I run all of our social networks,replay to fanmail and work with our manager on business with the band.

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Describe your gear.

I have a 4 piece teal Gretsch set, lead singer has a brent mason telecaster and fender deville amp,bass player plays on jack cassidy bass with ampeg amp.

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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?

It is different...being in this band for 8 years now I find we get stereotyped alot. People assume we will sound a certain way or don't know how to work our gear. There is also more pressure to need to look a certain way as a woman in entertainment,such as weight etc. I see it a lot in press,from comments from the public and touring.

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Do you see differences between generations of women musicians?

There is difference. Musicians who are coming before this technology boom had to work a lot harder. There wasn't internet,email,myspace,twitter. They had to mail , get on radio and get press a different way. They were making records different too. There were not files to make and protools. I think the talent then is more real and raw. Now and days there are auto tuners for singers. Sad. We have to now find ways to be clever in marketintg because anyone can stream themselves live. I believe anyone can get attention which makes the music industry sometimes seem souless.

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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?

Joan jett told us to always enjoy and live in the moment as things arte happening. I would tell any women musician to never give up no matter what is told to them. You don't have to look a certain way or come from a certain background. Work hard and just be.

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Why did you choose to play the instrument you play?

Was a guitar player and my bass player convinced me to play drums because I could keep a beat. My father drummed.

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