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Madi Diaz

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How would you describe your music?

pretty poppy pretty indie pretty fun pretty sad pretty cynical pretty hopeful and very much everything that i'm feeling all at once but condensed into little bursts of musical moments.

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

"in the band, i'd say i have a musical partner (kyle ryan) that i trust implicitly and that we go head to head 50/50 on every and all decisions. it helps. on the business side, between my manager ty and i, we front the whole shabang and toss marketing back and forth. it works. it's a lot of work....and it works!"

Describe your gear.

various...mostly my acoustic guitar and a tiny keyboard of some sort....like an old casio with hot beats on it...my vocal chords...hand clappin and finger snappin...the usual...

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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?

"that's hard. i'm sure it's VERY different being a woman in the industry but i never really think about it as something that i need to overcome. i hang out with a bunch of dudes all the time so i guess if i was always thinking about being a woman/the odd one out/the different one, i'd be trying to prove something else other than what i'm trying to prove in my music.

the biggest difference might be that i can't naturally pee into a bottle while we're all in a tour van. "

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Do you see differences between generations of women musicians?

"oh surely! i'm forever greatful to the women who spearheaded the women's rights movement to lead our gender to a place where i could feel that it is entirely possible to succeed on every level in my career. back then it just wasn't done. not really even thought of. women put on aprons and waited for their bread winners to come home and eat their dinners and watch their evening programs. there were fewer women leaving the homestead to go out and do things for themselves. being the minority always means you have to work harder than everyone else in order to open the door a little wider for everyone waiting behind you. that is surely the gift that those women gave to the generations that followed and that will continue to follow. "

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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?

"my dad always told me that there was always going to be somebody better, so ever don't stop. ever.

my advice would be much of the same. there are millions of people with dreams, the difference is between those who can ruthlessly chase them and those who don't. "

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Why did you choose to play the instrument you play?

i can carry it with me wherever i go!

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