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Poni Silver, The Ettes

Photo of Poni Silver, The EttesHeidi Ross

How would you describe your music?

Rock n roll, with a little bit of this and a little bit of that.

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

Aside from the beat keeper, I'm the default merchandise artist. I create t-shirts, buttons, posters, press photos, music videos, and anything else I can touch with my hands or my mac.

Describe your gear.

"Kirchoff Schlagwerk Drum kit in a cognac sparkle! 24"" kick drum 18"" floor tom 14"" snare

Sabian Cymbals 14"" AAX stage hats 16"" Xplosion crash 20"" AAX stage ride

Vic Firth Sticks 5B

Remo drum heads "

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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?

"Well, there's less of us in rock n roll, that's for sure. I think I've experienced both sides of it. Sometimes I feel like things get handed over to me easier because I'm a woman and you see less of us on stage in general. But then I've been on the other half (many, many times) when not much was expected of us girls and the door prematurely slammed in our faces. Mostly, you deal with people saying things like, ""You know, I don't really like female drummers but you're alright!"". As if thats some sort of compliment and I should take comfort in their new found respect for a singular female artist. Good or bad, I don't recall a particular moment when the difference was made clear. I think I've always just known it's there. "

Do you see differences between generations of women musicians?

"Not really. If anything, I usually sense a form of comradery amongst a group of female musicians regardless of age. We know the trials and triumphs of being a woman in this industry (of being a woman in general) and detect it in one another by sight. Like a secret handshake. Like a gang.

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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?

"Don't sell your publishing and don't choke your sticks (two seperate people and incidents).

And for woman musicians just starting out in this industry I say, make up your own rules because there aren't any. "

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Why did you choose to play the instrument you play?

I think it chose me.

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