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Zina Goldrich

How would you describe your music?

Neo-classic Musical Theatre. It has a traditional feeling, with contemporary references and rhythms.

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

I am the composer, music director, orchestrator and arranger for Marcy and me. I kind of take care of everything "musical." We make business decisions together. Marcy is the marketing whiz. I'm more the business head, but we always make our decisions together. We are a one stop shop. We even published our own songbooks, (which are in their 5th printing and enjoy international distribution.)

Describe your gear.

"I have a Mac Pro, with Logic I use East West soft synths, plus ""Ivory"" synth piano I have a Digi 002, plus a variety of plug ins that I use for recording. I record vocals at home often, but will also go out to a studio to complete projects."

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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?

"Well, it's hard to say. No one likes to ever come out and say that there's discrimination -- it makes you a complainer. However, I certainly know of the blind auditions that were put in place years ago for the symphonies because of preexisting notions about players and gender. I guess I would say that the feeling I get is that as a woman, I have to prove that I'm a good musician right off the bat, whereas for men, it is often assumed that there is already a level of achievement. Rather, that men have the ""benefit of the doubt."" As far as musical theatre is concerned, I can think of only 4 or 5 women composers who have gotten up on Broadway. These are staggering numbers when one thinks about how many musicals have been produced. (There are more female lyricists, but it is just about as difficult for them as well.) "

Do you see differences between generations of women musicians?

I see more women composers out there. We are still a small group. Many go into pop music, which seems to welcome women more. There weren't many female composer role models growing up. If you ask me my musical influences, they are all men.

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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?

"Advice is tough. Most people advised me to get out of the business. :) I would say, ""Do what you love... and do it because you can't imagine doing anything else. You must be twice as good as any of your male counterparts. Don't explain. Don't complain. Do it backwards and in heels. And as one of Marcy's and my songs says, 'Sing Your Own Song.'"" I do believe that eventually there will be more equity, and that perhaps we won't have to give separate advice to young female musicians. But in the meanwhile, I think we do; so my best advice of all is, ""Don't let anyone tell you you can't be everything you want to be."" Thank you so much for the opportunity to answer these important questions. Zina Goldrich"

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Why did you choose to play the instrument you play?

I started music at 3, and piano at 5. My Dad was a trumpet player (as well as a doctor) and he and my mother felt that piano was self contained. I took to the piano immediately, so I didn't mind the choice. Coincidentally, I took drums in elementary school and junior high, but never felt the same affinity for it.

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