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Silvana Kane, PACIFIKA

How would you describe your music?

our music is a global fusion. we are melange of cultures and sounds.

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

i am 1/3 of PACIFIKA, and the only woman. we are all equally involved in the writing and recording process, as well as any creative/business decisions. it is a wonderful arrangement that enables us all to be informed and involved. we all have different strengths and over the years we have learned how to allow each person to shine in their own particular way. we are stronger together.

Describe your gear.

"i travel with my own microphone, a cajon, a tambourine and some shakers... my wardrobe is also gear, as i dance throughout most of the performance. "

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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 suppose it depends on the type of music one is making, and the type of statement one is interested in being a part of. for me, it is an honor to be a woman on stage, as most of our music is about honoring mother earth and women are great nurturers. i hope to inspire a positive feeling with our performances and being a woman is central to our theme. i am in a band with two men who are very much a part of my life, and feel that being the woman amongst them gives us great balance. there is as much of a difference as one wants to make on this issue. i feel that the industry has evolved greatly, as have world views on gender... a great thing for anyone pursuing their passion.

Do you see differences between generations of women musicians?

"absolutely. women's rights have made a significant difference to the opportunities that we have today. i am not sure what my life as a musician would've been like 50 yrs ago, but i am pretty sure that doing this as a living would not have been looked upon as positively as it is these days. i am grateful to all female artist who paved the way for us. i am sure that amongst all the great classical music composers, we would've also been exposed to many incredible women had they had the chance to study or be exposed to the arts the same way that men were. "

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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?

"my family always encouraged me in my artistic journeying, and that was invaluable. i grew up understanding that being unique was a strength, thought not always the easiest route. as i grow and evolve i realize that what comes naturally to me is what i am best at... it's 'my thing' :) in this music industry, music is the easy part... it is important to have a great manager, a team that has the same vision and that can lead you in the right direction, so you can focus on the music and grow as an artist. it makes all the difference to have good people around with a common goal, people you like, people you trust. be open to life... it is a great muse... "

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Why did you choose to play the instrument you play?

i studied violin and piano, but have always enjoyed using my voice the most... i can't help myself.

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