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Sarah Saturday, Gardening, Not Architecture

How would you describe your music?

Indie Electronic Powerpop

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

I write the music and lyrics, co-produce the recordings in the studio, run the business, book and manage the project, tour by myself, perform solo, market myself, handmake the merchandise, design the merchandise, run the email list, etc. I have a lawyer and am in talks with a small indie label about signing a licensing deal through them and releasing a limited edition run of CDs and vinyl versions of my current self-released "First LP."

Describe your gear.

I perform live playing bass and singing through two different mics, one running through a distortion pedal, with a MacBook running backing tracks through Logic, as well as controlling a hand-made LED light wall that is programmed with a series lighting cues for each song.

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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?

Definitely. No matter how hard women try, there are certain levels and areas in the industry where we will never be accepted into the "boys' club" as I like to call it. I was a musician for years before working on the industry side for 6 years, and now being back on the music side, I see it more than ever. If you are a pretty girl, you will get help from guys just because of that, and not necessarily because of anything else. You have to fight extra hard to be taken seriously, and even then you will still always be viewed first as female, second as a musician.

Do you see differences between generations of women musicians?

Yes, I think the increase in the number of independent women in the industry has helped blur the lines between guys/girls in bands, and has gotten people used to the idea of girls being in bands. When I first started, when I was 16, there were no girls in unsigned bands in my genre. Now, 15 years later, there are tons of young girls in bands. But I don't see as many musically talented female players as the days of Joni Mitchell, Stevie Nicks, etc. It's a fashion statement most of the time, and mostly "singers" who don't play or write the music.

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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 run a website offering advice to unsigned and independent musicians (http://earnityourself.com) and have always been asked about advice for girls in bands - I always tell them to forget about the fact that they are a girl. If you focus on your gender over your art as being the main thing that defines you, so will everyone else.

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Why did you choose to play the instrument you play?

I started out playing piano and violin when I was three, but when I got into rock n' roll at age 14, my mom taught me to play bass (I later taught myself to play guitar), and bass was my favorite instrument to play live.

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