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Elizabeth Elkins, The Swear

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How would you describe your music?

"The Swear - modern rock a la Muse, Alkaline Trio, Paramore Ghost of Summer Suns - rock/pop a la Neko Case, Tori Amos, Leonard Cohen Granville Automatic - Americana with former American Idol finalist Vanessa Olivarez a la Simon & Garfunkel, Ryan Adams, Cowboy Junkies, Emmylou Harris Supervisor of the Loveless Average - indie rock a la Pavement"

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

"The Swear & Ghost of Summer Suns: I run everything - I manage, book, do PR/marketing, manage websites, promote, write songs, play, etc. Granville Automatic: the duties are shared between both bandmates. Supervisor of the Loveless Average: I just play bass."

Describe your gear.

"Guitars: two Gretsch duo jets, one Gretsch white penguin (I'm endorsed by Gretsch); Les Paul Standard, Epiphone Les Paul, Telecaster, Takamine acoustic Bass: 1978 Fender P-Bass Amps: Marshall JCM800, Sovtek Mig 50, Vox AC15"

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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, though I try to ignore it. I'm the only girl in the Swear and we all hate it when we are asking to play "all girl" stages or events. The biggest pet peeve of mine is that people (including soundguys, etc.) don't ever think I play guitar. They assume I'm just the girl that sings. So when I bring in my amp and start playing I hear a lot of "you are pretty good for a girl" or "you don't play guitar like a girl."

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Do you see differences between generations of women musicians?

No, not really.

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 think it matters if you are male or female. My advice is to get used to hearing the words "no" and "we'll pass" - and use them as motivation.

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Why did you choose to play the instrument you play?

I like the power of electric guitar and bass.

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