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Camilla Ingr

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

"I'm the defacto manager of our band-- I usually act as the liaison between our booking agent, tour manager, van rental company, bank. I am in charge of all our finances. Basically, I'm the most organized person in the band so all these tasks naturally fell to me, and I do it because I'm good at it and it irks me to see things mismanaged. Studio-wise, I am usually involved in the whole process. I love recording. I like mixing and mastering, though I tend to have less strong opinions about choices made there than our band leader. I am not the songwriter, but I participate in the songwriting once the songwriter brings in the ""bones."" That's how our band works."

Describe your gear.

I play an old Yamaha keyboard that we found in the trash, a Suzuki Q~Chord (which is a digital autoharp), two cymbals (chinese & small splash), a glockenspiel, sometimes a melodica, and I also use a small vibrator for playing the cymbals and glock. I run the keyboard and the Q~Chord through a four-channel mixer to a bass amp.

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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?

In general I think all the inequities between men and women are as present as ever in the music industry, if not more so at times. It's definitely a lot harder to be taken seriously as a musician if you're a woman, especially if you're in an all-girl band. No matter what your gender, the media is tends to latch on to an idea about you and will often distort it, but they really went for it with Pony Up! We were cute, silly girls in every article and it was a hard image to shake. Not that we tried very hard to do so, but it sort of ate away at me. I hate to say it, but I sort of find it easier to be in a band with all boys. I feel like we get taken more seriously. Not that I can always blend in-- once I got asked who I was dating in the band, as though that were the only reason I would be in the band.

Do you see differences between generations of women musicians?

Well, I just finished reading 'Neon Angel' by Cherie Currie about her life with The Runaways, and I have to say that my experiences have been pretty G-rated in comparison. That band really paved the way for us. I would like to think that now women musicians are a lot better informed about their rights financially. I am really hoping that all-girl groups are becoming less gimmicky and can be taken more seriously and judged equally alongside all-male bands. Baby steps...

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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 don't know if I ever got any memorable advice besides ""sing from your asshole"" (bandmate's mom), but I think I've learned a lot from my mistakes. Be extremely wary of the media-- know that they are happy to distort anything you might say in order to fit a pre-conceived notion they have about you. There's not a lot you can do about it but choose your words carefully. Be generous. Be kind to everyone working for you. Don't give up. "

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Why did you choose to play the instrument you play?

Because I was no good at guitar... sort of. It was an organic process-- I started playing guitar in my first band but I never practice so just started singing and playing toys instead (a small glock and a child's accordion). I was introduced to the Q~Chord by a talented musician named Lara who was in a band we opened for on tour. I had never seen one before. It wasn't received well, but my next band loved it, and the frontman of that band also gave me my first keyboard and I started playing piano that way.

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