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Leandra Peak, Neal & Leandra

How would you describe your music?

singer/songwriter - folk

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

equal on leads, harmonies, production decisions and all business/marketing decisions

Describe your gear.

Fischmann blenders plugged into a 6 channel amp, shure SM 58s for vocals, Klipsch speakers - I play a Gibson J-45 and Neal plays a Taylor 710.

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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. In the studio, it's hard to get mostly male engineers/producers to take you seriously. At venues, sound people tend to spend less time on the woman's sound. Mostly it's the matter of being assertive - with men, they're 'consummate musicians', with women, you always run a higher risk of being considered 'a demanding diva.' Frustrating, but workable, usually.

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Do you see differences between generations of women musicians?

Yes. Younger women are often too willing to act like little girls to get what they want.

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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?

Well, someone early on told us to keep a mailing list of fans. That has been critical - otherwise you can't reach people who enjoy your music. I'd tell a woman musician just starting out to decide what she really wants out of her music career and then keep working at it daily. And to try and keep whole. It's a tough business, so are most!

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Why did you choose to play the instrument you play?

it's portable

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