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Boshra AlSaadi, SAADI

How would you describe your music?

Very melodic groovy electro dub pop

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

I am in charge of everything. I write, play, produce, record, and create everything. I was recently fortunate enough to start working with some amazing people in the industry/business side of things, which has been remarkable helpful after doing it myself for so long. In the studio I know what I want, although I am open when collaborating with people.

Describe your gear.

I programmed beats in Garageband which I play live through Logic. I play bass and keyboards and sing while the beats are playing. Sometimes I have a guitarist too. I use a beautiful Apogee Duet for my interface, I play a P Bass (Road Worn) through Logic, and I use an M Audio midi controller.

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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?

ABSOLUTELY. There are no 18 year old boy groupies waiting for me after a show. Not that I want any-- I'm just sayin'. People make more assumptions about what you sound like, and take you less seriously. And men in the industry will pretend to want to help you because they want something from you sexually. It's frustrating, but I am proud to be in the minority and working hard.

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Do you see differences between generations of women musicians?

I don't know if I do. I think women have more resources now, we don't need all the people the women of yesteryear needed in order to get heard. The days of a producer, engineer, label (again almost always men) are not gone but they are definitely dwindling. I can conceive of a song, record it, and put it in the world with nobody's help. That's power, man.

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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?

Follow your own vision, trust your instinct, and don't let men (and women,but mostly men) in the industry try and mold you or shape you into their idea of what you're supposed to be. Also, DON'T EVER STOP WORKING ON IT if you're really serious. Otherwise you'll become another jaded musician.

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Why did you choose to play the instrument you play?

Out of necessity, honestly. I played lead guitar in my old band, and when I need a bassist for my new project, I just started playing. I wrote and recorded the parts anyway, and the bass is my favorite instrument to play.

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