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Lisa Shelley, Let's Pet

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How would you describe your music?

Punk inspired noise and melodies.

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

"Band- Keeping the band productive. Scheduling practices. Socializing with other bands. Finding natural sounds and recording them to use in the studio. Studio- Keeping the band productive. Having a good ear and listening. Business- Getting shows. Keeping up myspace and facebook. "

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Describe your gear.

"4 piece Slingerland Drumkit, Chimes, Flute, Roland TR-505 Drum Machine, Singing Bowl

Martin acoustic 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?

Yes. I think that in many bands it is hard to be heard as a woman. There seems to be doubt once and awhile that what I have to say is good for the band. I attribute it to being a woman. However, as the drummer, I think i get a double whammy- See- the guys can tune turning practice- but drummers should do that before. and drummers should just know what they are gonna play rather than play around while writing a song to find the sounds they want to make. When I was a vocalist I found it very frustrating that I was not allowed to make decisions, or so I felt. We had two female vocalists (Human Cock) and the instruments were played by boys. The band eventually broke up over the feeling of sexism. We felt like the boys did not respect our opinions and often talked over us.

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Do you see differences between generations of women musicians?

"I am not sure since I am stuck at age 33- in the middle now. I see more women playing istruments. I find it easier for myself to be in a band with others. When I was younger and wanted to play, I was often denied access by the guys in my social scene. They would tell me that I did not have stage presence. This was strange to me since I was an actress and vocal performer through out my school years. "

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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?

When I was learning to drive, my father told me to not worry about the cars around me. I would say the same thing to the other ladies. Don't worry about what people are doing, just do what you want to do. Grab and instrument and play. Grab a mic and sing. It is your life and if you have an inclination to share yourself through music or have a song in your head that is screaming to get out, you have to nurture it.

Why did you choose to play the instrument you play?

I love the drums because it is fully interactive and loud. I aspire to make the drums an instrument that can carry a song and become a song within its own right rather than being a simple metronome.

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