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Chantal, Morningwood

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How would you describe your music?

This is probably the hardest question for me to answer, I would say pop rock with dance beats maybe.

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

In the band I cowrite all of the songs, Pedro our bass player is more the musical director, when it comes to lyrics I take charge. On stage I am the boss. In the studio, Pedro takes control of the logistical stuff, I go in and sing. In business and marketing decisions I work hand in hand with our manager to come up with ideas, that is probably my favorite AND least favorite part of the job, but I am very hands on when it comes to business and marketing and TRY to be as educated as possible about the decisions we need to make. I am currently taking a marketing class at UCLA to get a better understanding of how things work and so I can apply it to my career.

Describe your gear.

A bedazzled microphone.

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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 do think there is a difference being a female musician and being a male musician. To be honest I think women can get away with more than a man can. At the same time I think a woman is judged based on her looks and sexuality where as men are judged by the product they are making. But in the same vein a lot of girl musicians rely on the fact that they are girls to not be as good as men when it comes to playing their instruments or performing on stage. I know that there was a very clear difference between being a frontwoman rather than a frontman, when I bring a girl or boy, sometimes both, up on stage and make them strip for a song that we play, I do this almost every night, people come to expect it at our shows. I never take off any of my clothes, and I basically force the person to undress and sometimes make out with them. If a man EVER did anything CLOSE to what I do he would probably get lambasted and be in serious trouble. I find that incredibly interesting.

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Do you see differences between generations of women musicians?

Not really, I think girls are still playing the role of girls as being sexual objects, even I fall pray to that sometimes. I think everything is still the same. I do think at this very moment in time it is very acceptable to be a female singer. When we first started 8 years ago it was very out of style to be girl lead singer especially fronting a rock band. No females were played on the radio, or on rock radio, besides Evanescence. Now they play Paramore and Evenescence still so there is still a long way to go.

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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?

The best advice I have received is "don't count on anything happening until it has happened". People make a lot of promises and whether or not their intentions are good a lot of things fall through, so don't get your hopes up too high until you are doing something. Also I would say learn to play your instruments and perform better than a man. You don't want to have to rely on the fact that you are a girl to get you through your career. You can be sexual but have your musicianship down first then you can do whatever you want. It is like learning your lines for a play before you can experiment.

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Why did you choose to play the instrument you play?

because I love to singa, about the moona and the juna and the springa, i love to singa, about a sky of blue and tea for two, anythinga with a swinga means i love you, cuz i love to singgggg!

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