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Eden Fineday, Vancougar

How would you describe your music?

Catchy. Melodic.

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

I write the songs and I'm the lead singer. In the studio, we all have input, but I care more about the vocal levels and tone. In business and marketing decisions, we all have equal say, but I seem to care the most.

Describe your gear.

Yamaha solid-state amp. Fender Stratocaster ('62 reissue) sunburst guitar. Any microphone will do.

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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?

"It's changed over the years. It used to be quite rare to see women in bands, and I often felt intimidated. These days, in Vancouver at least, most bands have a girl or two in them. It's become the norm. It's very nice.

However, I just had my first child. Within two weeks of telling them that I was pregnant my record label informed us that ""there wasn't any money in the budget"" for us to record our next record. A year and a half later, we're still waiting. Also, now that I can't tour, it's hard to imagine how I will ever be able to participate in the ""music industry"" as it is now configured."

Do you see differences between generations of women musicians?

See above! Anyone younger than 30 would not have experienced what I went through in the mid-90's.

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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 don't recall receiving much advice. It's too bad, really. I feel like I've been looking for advice my whole life. But it's so competitive out there. People can come across as jerks, that's for sure.

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Why did you choose to play the instrument you play?

I've always admired rock and rollers. I've always wanted to be in a band. I've always wanted to write songs.

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