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How would you describe your music?

sometimes choral. largely melodic. melancholy. sweet. odd-time signatures.

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

Lead songwriter, lead everything. I give up a bit of control in the studio and in label stuff, but like to be a part of all decisions.

Describe your gear.

Hollow-bodied electric guitar (JMS/old framus) and Fender blue junior amp. Sometimes I sing through a line-6 delay pedal, sometimes I use an overdrive pedal with my guitar.

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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?

"Absolutely. There's just way less interest, and you don't get taken as seriously, even if your music is ten times better... unless you're cute. It bothers me that looks are important, even in the indie world. I suppose the same goes for men, to a certain extent, but if you look at Bonnie Prince Billy, he can be sexy in a different way, because he's weird and good, not because he's hot. I guess that double standard exists in society at large, and it appears in the music world in microcosm.

There are moments all the time where I feel like I need to prove myself. At many shows. It's frustrating to feel like you're automatically dismissed."

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Do you see differences between generations of women musicians?

Yes. The riot grrl movement changed a lot. Women can rock, that way has been cleared. It's not assumed that you can't play your instrument. But there's still that element of "prove yourself." There's more women out there playing now, which is comforting. I have a lot of women musician friends who are amazing, and we support each other.

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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?

Be prepared to hustle. That's something that I'm starting to lose steam on. I wish you didn't have to sell yourself (or find someone to do it for you), but it seems inevitable. Get comfortable with that, or you'll never be comfortable in the business. I've never been comfortable with that, so I'm comfortable in obscurity.

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Why did you choose to play the instrument you play?

Because I rebelled and quit piano lessons, but I loved the idea of playing guitar because it was "cooler" than piano. I was just drawn to it from day one, and practiced my heart out after my dad borrowed one from the school he worked at.

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