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Lisa Pykäri / Regina

How would you describe your music?

It's a blend of electronic beats, folk and world music and female vocals sung in Finnish that mixes the best pop music influences from the 60s to the 90s.

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

I'm an equal member of the group together with other two male band members. When it comes to business or marketing, I take full responsibility about decisions together with another band member (who also happens to be my husband). When performing, I am the lead figure of the group (even if it is not something that I have chosen myself).

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 don't see a very clear difference here. For me, it has been mostly easy and a natural thing to be a female performing artist.

Do you see differences between generations of women musicians?

It is easier for women of our generation than it used to be during the previous decades. Even in the 80´s women musicians were still partly working as pioneers, and it wasn't until the 90´s that women no longer had to constantly prove their talent among male musicians and the music industry.

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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?

No. I would say that don't get stuck with the idea that being a woman would restrict your work as a musician in any way.

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Why did you choose to play the instrument you play?

I write the lyrics and it was a natural thing to become the vocalist of the group as well.

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