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Meg Castellanos, Totimoshi

How would you describe your music?

progressive heavy rock with Spanish influences

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

I'm the only female in a power trio. in the studio I take a back seat to the main songwriter and producers, listen, soaking in all the info and try to execute my parts as perfectly and quickly as possible. I'm very involved in business decisions and managing the band, as well as visuals for marketing, logos, CD and album artwork, and videos. I directed our most recent music video for the song, Gnat

Describe your gear.

Mesa Boogie 200+ tube amp, Mesa cabs, Richenbacker bass, Tri OD, phaser, and whammy pedals

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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?

"there are far less women in rock then men. when I tour, I am often the only female performer of all the bands, and usually the only woman on a package tour. (including crew) This puts me at odds in many ways; having to find separate and private places to change, shower, etc..but the lack of female companionship is also a factor. I usually enjoy the company of the men I travel with, but once I'm home, I need to catch up with girlfriends for hang time, yoga, farmer's markets, that kind homey stuff. I think also, because I am a woman and work our merchandise table after we play, it's an invitation of sorts for folks to come up and talk-I might be more approachable than a male vendor. this is good and bad; it's also an invitation for getting hit on or insulted by drunk patrons. this doesn't affect me anymore. skin grows thick after years of touring!"

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Do you see differences between generations of women musicians?

I can only really speak for myself here; seeing that I am a middle aged musician, I am a bit more jaded. I don't feel the need to check out all the opening bands like I used to when I was younger.. I am very picky now when it comes to music and what I'll subject my ears to, since most of it's loud with in my genre. I also really appreciate the small moments of privacy and silence on the road. this is a rare gem and I take advantage of it fully. When I first started touring 10 years ago, it was all about the comraderie and partying. I still like to have a few drinks, but sleeping and waking up refreshed is more important. The focus is on putting on the best possible performance which is hard to do when you're hungover.

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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 didn't really have any mentors coming up, but we do have friends that started bands the same time as us who are now on majors and playing stadiums. We've made some pretty bad decisions regarding record labels and contracts, managers and booking agents. I've learned a lot from those mistakes and we're still soldiering on. This year, our 12th as a band, will be our busiest touring year yet, with 2 European tours done already and a few US tours coming up. the music industry is up in the air so it's undecided if we'll actually move to another label or release a record ourselves. Advice to younger female musicians? prepare for a life of poverty, but an exciting life of living out your dreams, seeing the world and inspiring others like yourself."

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Why did you choose to play the instrument you play?

it's rhythmic, I'm also a dancer so this was the easiest instrument for me to pick up. plus I've always been attracted to women bass players.

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