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Diane Cluck

How would you describe your music?

Intuitive folk.

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

I am a solo artist, mostly, although sometimes I play with a wonderfull drummer, in which case I mostly write the songs and he makes inspired beats around / within them. I've recorded most of my albums at home, on my own. Whenever I've worked with someone in the capacity of engineer, mixing or mastering, I've always sat in and had final say over how things will sound. I am the sole proprietress of my music-making as a small business. This evolved out of years of playing music as a hobby while maintaining a day-job. The stress was too much. It was like living two lives.

Describe your gear.

I've been playing mostly the same Seagull guitar for about nine years. I've enjoyed using BPM microphones. That's about it. I now have an electric piano, mostly for home-use, that replaced the Kranich & Bach spinnet I played for five years and could no longer move with.

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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 don't feel a difference within myself. The main difference I've felt is that when I travel, so many other traveling musicians and promoters are men. Sometimes I don't want to be around so many men; it feels unbalanced. Maybe the men feel the same way.

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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've received a lot of crappy advice about navigating the music industry. People get really tense around that stuff; there's an idea that there's this narrow opening to squeeze through if you're lucky but I don't feel it like that. Creativity is a continuum and worry is its adversary. My advice to a woman musician would be, don't worry about being a woman. Focus on being a person. Find your grounding and learn how to maintain it. Don't let others with more 'experience' bowl over your own intuition when it comes to expression. Don't worry about others' timelines when it comes to your version of success. I conclude by saying -- I do not authorize anything I've written here to be published / spoken over the air in conjunction with my name. If I can be of any help in person, please let me know. I ask that my reponses are not edited in any way for content. Please inform me as to when this program will air in respect for the time I've taken to reply. Thank you.

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Why did you choose to play the instrument you play?

Singing feels good vibrating through my body; guitar-playing feels good vibrating against my body. I feel the instruments have chosen me. I never felt built to play wind instruments.

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