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Julia Cafritz, Free Kitten

How would you describe your music?

Noisy. Aggressive. Angry. Funny. Usually both.

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

Second banana. The note taker, peace maker, money holder, dirty laundry airer & folder.

Describe your gear.

Hondo Formula One and a Peavy Bandit 65...My first and only guitar and amp. No foot pedals except for the built in distortion. They sound great so I stay loyal. I like sound not gear.

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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?

Yes, the expectations are different. You either defy them or fulfill them. Boys are just boys. Girls are the girl(s) in the band. Right from the beginning, I noticed that engineers and sound men routinely lowered my guitar in the mix out of habit. I saw them do this not just to me a novice but to women who were experienced, accomplished players....didn't matter, they were put lower in the mix. If it was an all girl band, then the whole mix was lower....literally less loud than the male bands that normally played the clubs. Another great example is, if I went to play my guitar and no sound came out because let's say my amp was still on standby, I felt sheepish and humiliated. If a by made the same mistake, he wouldn't blink...just stride over and turn it on, no explanation needed.

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Do you see differences between generations of women musicians?

Right now, I am unimpressed. Up until now, there has been a steady trajectory of more women doing more interesting things. But to be fair, men aren't doing anything interesting either...there is a lull in music at the moment that makes it difficult to talk about the current generation of musicians, male or female.

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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?

Be LOUD. Listen to records... it's a double edged sword. I now regret taking up an instrument completely in a musical vacuum. I think knowledge makes your music more interesting. BUT had I been listening to other people's music at the time, I probably wouldn't have had the arrogance to start a band in the first place.

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Why did you choose to play the instrument you play?

I didn't want to be the girl on bass. I thought they were lame. But I basically play bass lines on guitar so it is mainly just a conceit.

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