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Alli Rogers

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How would you describe your music?

Acoustic folk/pop

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

I write and record my own music as well as write songs with a local publishing company for and with other artists. My husband works in the industry as well and he manages my artist career.

Describe your gear.

I normally travel with a Lowden acoustic guitar and a small Nord Keyboard. Occasionally I will bring along a cello player.

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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?

"I think that creative people are wired to be constantly searching. Searching for inspiration and insight, questions and answers, meaning and significance. It's like artists are able to create the beautiful things they do because they take the risk of diving beneath the surface of what our eyes see and bringing back what they find from below for everyone else to experience. This is an all-encompasing task and as a new mother, I am having a hard time diving beneath the surface with the great and exhausting privilege of loving and raising a little boy! I am aware that there are less successful women in music than men and I think part of that is because many woman become mothers and are not able to give their whole selves to music because their hearts are with their children. Not to mention they are just tired all the time! Some people manage to do both parenting and creating at the same time, but I can't think of any musical ""greats"" that have managed to do this well. I think being a mother is a creative and noble work and if I have to choose music or my family I will always choose my family. Somehow I don't think men who are fathers have to make the same choice, they seem able to separate themselves better. The fact that it is the mother who physically carries and births children is a picture of this I think.

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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 have been given some great advice over the years. I had the privilege of meeting one of my musical heroes when I was 17 and at the time I was recording a record with the same label she was with. This may not sound like advice but I will never forget her whispering two words to me before we left her house. She said, ""it's hard..."" and I could tell she wanted to say more but she stopped herself. Looking back now I realize what she meant and I think I would say the same to any new musician. With the trailing train of thought and all. I had to find it all out for myself like most people do, and whatever this woman was thinking after she told me those two words I wouldn't have heard anyway. I had to try. I will be overjoyed if my children decide to become musicians, but I will tell them with certainty, ""it's hard"".

from a practical standpoint I would tell any woman who desires to have children to work as hard as she can before that time comes so that when it does she can afford to step back for a bit. "

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Why did you choose to play the instrument you play?

Although we had a piano in the house when I was growing up, I was more drawn to the $30 garage sale guitar that belonged to my brother. The musicians I was listening to all played the acoustic guitar and I wanted to to! Now I also play some piano and wish I would have taken piano lessons as well as guitar when I was younger.

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