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Lachi

How would you describe your music?

It is alternative rock?indie pop with a piano drive, hints of jazz and a femme edge. It's partly political yet catchy.

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

I am the lead singer, singer/songwriter, head producer, and band manager.

Describe your gear.

We use all different bands but are trying to lean more towards a full set up of one brand. We have a guitar player, thus a guitar amp; a bass player, thus a bass amp; a drummer, thus a drumkit and lots of percussion; a pianist, thus a keybaord; and we are all vocalists so four mics. We also tote around a PA if needed.

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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. Women must stay youthful looking (young, thin and attractive) to sell, this even often trumps level of talent. It is not the case with men who can come off grungy, old, dirty, or fat.

As the manager of a 4-5 man band where I am the only female, and assistant to our actual manager, I've seen that people tend to see a strong woman as bitchy instead of ambitious.

Our stuff is rock and can get pretty heavy; however, we are clumped in with many wishy-washy singer/songwriter and girly acts. Only recently have we been getting on male driven bills and tearing down the house!"

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Do you see differences between generations of women musicians?

"Women today are a lot less afraid to be political, or story tellers. Back in the early 20th centry, it was all about wailing on soprano notes about lost loves. In the nineties and early 2000s it was all about wearing nothing, having long flowy hair and videos were degrading.

Though maybe not in urban music, this is slowly changing in other genres."

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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 would say find that circle of supporters, that team that makes you comfortable and makes you feel supported. Then tear down the house. No one will be able to stop you.

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Why did you choose to play the instrument you play?

I was given a keyboard at an early age and was drawn to it.

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