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Dot Allison

How would you describe your music?

Eclectic, emotive, embracing all musical genres in an influential sense, emotive, honest, left of centre, pop sensibility, sensitive, art-led.

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

The decision-maker

Describe your gear.

"Logic 9, Mac Book, Yamaha Keyboard - Weighted Keys, SM58, AKG mic, Mackie 16 channel console, Soundcard, 001, Zoom FX, Takemine guitar, Tangle wood 6 string, "

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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 think women are still objectified too much across the board.. and therefore as a creative you are always fighting against the limiting beliefs held about women's roles across the board... Yes my NME review of my past LP which accused of me getting my 'famous friends' to help me with my album... all of whom were colleagues before friends if indeed those working relationships developed into friendships... and I felt this to be incredibly sexist.. I am sure they don't accuse Massive Attack of getting their famous friends to help them with an album but more see it as it is a meeting of creatives purely.

Bless the guy who wrote it.. apparently it was so factually incorrect it was entertaining.. I didn't actually get round to reading it myself."

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Do you see differences between generations of women musicians?

I do... I hope we are progressing... I think women need to see themselves as worthy without having to allow themselves to be sexualized in a 'victim' kind of way... sexuality is beautiful.. but I think the objectification of any human being in an exploitative way is really sad.

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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'd say... Know your own mind, listen to your gut.. Keep your boundaries and stay true to yourself .... and keeping those boundaries in my book entails not being creatively or personally railroaded in any sense that diminishes you or makes you feel uncomfortable... Female experience in art is equally important and I believe essential to keeping balance in our world.. I think we need that and so do men!"

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Why did you choose to play the instrument you play?

I found my voice had a unique sound and worked with that..

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