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Cherish Alexander, Bella Bazarria

How would you describe your music?

"depends on what mood i'm in. the Painkillers was a harder edged melodic rock and that was in the phase of when i was searching for myself and had a lot of angst. my latest solo CD released 2 years ago was all piano, heart broken love songs. my new band is more indie pop electronic rock. i feel music is based on what you are going through at that time emotionally. sometimes it's slow and sad and sometimes it's restless and angst ridden. :)"

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

we are 4 piece band called BELLA BAZARRIA. i play bass and sing. my guitar player and I write all the music and I write all the lyrics. in the studio, we are producing the CD ourselves, so we are all equally involved in the process.

Describe your gear.

"I have about 6 electric guitars ranging from telecaster to strat to les paul. 3 acoustics. one ovation the rest takamini. I also have a few basses {acoustic and electric} fender jazz bass. 2 keyboards. my baby is the roland. we have 2 upright pianos in our house and a drum set just for jamming. then all the other amps. marshalls, line 6 etc."

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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?

not really. i think these days women musicians are AS respected as male musicians. if not more. janis joplin, dolly parton, carole king, patti smith etc all paved the way for us.

Do you see differences between generations of women musicians?

"emotionally. no. socially. yes. these days, we are able to express ourselves more in a way that is accepted. but as women. we are pretty much all the same."

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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 would say write what you feel. sing what you feel. be who you are, no matter what anyone tries to tell you to sing or play. the female musicians, i respect the most, were the ones that took the road less-traveled, when everyone said it was the wrong path.

xo"

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Why did you choose to play the instrument you play?

i play many different instruments. right now, bass is my love. just depends on what i'm in the mood for. but i play piano, bass & guitar.

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