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Marni Nixon

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How would you describe your music?

Do you mean the music I perform or compose? The term would be good, entertaining, deeply rooted, fun, for manykinds of audiences and presentations.

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

What band? I am a singer and I have agents and representatives who present me in concert and I provid them with notes, translations, programming, advice about venues, timing, PR and tyr to get advice from the best there is to help me--as any manager should.

Describe your gear.

Gear for what? Appearing on stage, concert, cabaret, personal appearances? It souds like whoever wrote this is 24 years old with NO background into music of any kind other than rock....Sorry to be so persnickety, but if you want "class" better get into the terminlology of a performing, theatrical, concert, operatic soloist.

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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?

I think gender plays a part differently in many people. Some just "are" the way they are. Some flaut it when they prepare what they are going to perform, some just are comfortable with themselves and just are. In classical music there are first-person poems sung by a man and sung by a woman. One presents them in different ways to make it personable to the performer. When you perform one picks songs that fit personally, and integrally. Sometimes that in itself is a statement--but art and music is more universal and breaks down more barriers than that. Sometimes the barriers have to be spoiken of, or be aware of, or sometimes, one ignores and just proceeds and "is." Depends on the marketing of yourself, and your material and the venue and timing of presentation, right?

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Do you see differences between generations of women musicians?

All of the above are similiaities and differences to some people. I think you mean to ask, if "younger" people are more aware of the depth and position of themselves in the bigger scheme and broader scope of things, and are aware of the past and where they fit into it. Of course if one is to be successful one has to know the past, good and bad, to be entiirely yourself and unique. Otherwise one can dillude onsself into thinking you are unique, when its been done and said long ago and maybe by better people...maybe not, in which case be AWARE of it all and where you stand in the midst of it, creatively and actively.

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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?

"A woman musician, is a musician who may happen to be a woman. That doesn't mean there is a sexual-bending nature of it necessarily, or a lesbian ""slant."" any more than there is a homosexual slant to to male musicians. Music is music, musicians are musicians, each according to their own talent and perception and profesionalism and skill..creative or performing-wise those are all divisions that don't need to be divisive, nor even dwelt upon. We are HUMAN BEINGS, male and female with all the diferenes we have inherent and all the similiariities inherent in our particular human soul,with possiblily different points of view and slants. Some are things we would want and find it worthwhile to program on one given program and sometimes we don't need to dwell on that aspect of programming at all. One chooses to market those possiblities to whatever audience one chooses. Sometimes there is no difference in marketing ""female material"" than there is ""male material"" at all.

Above all I do not want to see Androgenous. And a muddied outlook of the material I choose to sing or hear. That goes for keys, subject matter, presentaion, and so much more, right?

I like to choose material on its own merit and to suit the theme of the program.

Anyway, advice? Be as deeply routed in the appreciations and techniques of the past and present that or any matierial as deeply insightfully as you can. Have fun with it. If you truly apreciate it and comprehend the music you are performing you will find a way to make it be heard in the best way..whether it's you own music or someone else's.

Practical advice, make sure you can proceed constantly, even if it is stop and go at times. Just keep at it and don't cut yourself off from loiving you life. Music is a refletion of LIFE for heaen's sake It's also to be a part of each other and to heal ourselves and others by being the way you are and letting and helping it to SHINE, for heavens' sakes.

Do the making of it all your life."

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Why did you choose to play the instrument you play?

I am a singer..that is my instrument. I studied instrumentally, but my instrument has me by the throat....

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