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Anna-Lynne Williams aka Lotte Kestner

Photo of Anna-Lynne Williams aka Lotte KestnerAnthon Smith

How would you describe your music?

folk, shoegaze

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

"lead singer, acoustic guitarist. have been a back up singer and keyboardist in a second band."

Describe your gear.

acoustic guitar with pick-up and vocal effects board

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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 feel like the bar is lower for women, to be honest. i am not that great of a guitarist, but i play an interesting way (flat on my lap) and i get a lot of positive feedback that i don't feel i would get if i were a man. i used to feel there was more pressure to dress and act a certain way, but in my 30s i don't feel that's as much of an issue anymore."

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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 believe people should not conform to fit the trends... if you keep doing what you feel is natural and honest for you, at some point in time that will be relevant and you won't have to make any big compromises.

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Why did you choose to play the instrument you play?

i love the piano, but guitars are easier to transport. and it's nice to write in the bedroom

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