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How would you describe your music?

I play with a variety of different groups. Anything from pop, to rock, country, experimental, improvised, and world.

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

I am mainly just a violin player. I add strings to other people's music, so I don't generally have much creative control in the studio, or much say in the business side of things.

Describe your gear.

I play violin. Sometimes I run it through a series of effect pedals (harmonist, octave, delay, reverb, loop station, etc).

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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 find that people (or men, I suppose) are often reluctant to let you do certain things, such as carrying gear, setting things up, tearing this down. It took me years to learn how to do simple things, like wrapping patch cords, or connecting things, or setting up PA systems, because the men I was playing with didn't want to show me, they just wanted to do it themselves. I still get the occasional nasty comment, or surprised look when men see me doing these sorts of things. Of course, sometimes there are things I CAN'T help with. As a woman I often find that I am physically limited. I'm much too small to carry some of the large amps that the men in my band use. Those things were definitely not designed for someone lacking in upper body strength... I can't imagine what I would do if I were an electric guitar of bass player.... Right now I'm thinking about buying a keyboard, and my one stipulation is that it should be small enough and light enough for me to carry on my own. "

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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 think that the best way to learn how to do things is to do them yourself. So someone just starting out should really make an effort to learn how to do everything for themselves, whether it's setting up gear, learning about various technological things, advancing shows, etc.

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Why did you choose to play the instrument you play?

When I was 8 years old I heard Vivaldi's string music, and I knew that I needed to learn how to make those sounds.

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