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JoVia Armstrong

How would you describe your music?

Its jazz that makes a statement and brings out emotion.

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

I'm a songwriter for the band. I help the band leader with hard decisions when she calls. I'm sometimes musical director.

Describe your gear.

Cajon, 13" Sabian Neil Peart Signature Hi-Hats, DW Remote Hi-Hat, Gretsch 6 piece drumset, Sabian 20" HHX Ozone Ride, Tree Works Wind Chimes, Hansenfutz Pedals, Meinl Conga, Tumba, and Quinto, Deagan Vibraphone, LP Bongos, Shakers, and other auxiliary percussion

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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. But, not necessarily musical differences. Men conduct their rehearsals kinda of randomly. At a woman's rehearsal, food and drink is usually offered. Maybe even tea or coffee. Men, are a little more relaxed about conducting their business...... start late and end late.

Personality-wise, women musician personalities are way more laid back than your typical woman."

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Do you see differences between generations of women musicians?

No, we all are pretty cool.

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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?

I would give the same advice to a young man. Play hard and practice smart. If your sexuality gets you in the door without losing dignity, then oblige. For a long time, I was really hung up on men hiring me because they thought I was cute or pretty. I wanted them to hire me for my talent. After some time, I learned how to use my femininity to help my career....... without losing any dignity.

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Why did you choose to play the instrument you play?

Its fun.... I picked it up easy...... it was challenging

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