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Alison, Scotland Yard Gospel Choir

How would you describe your music?

The Pogues have an affair with Belle and Sebastian.

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

I'm the hired hand in the live incarnation of the band. I haven't done studio recording with this band yet. I'm asked my opinion in business and marketing, and I do a little flyering but that's it.

Describe your gear.

I have a Roland Juno-D keyboard and Roland KC 550 amplifier. Don't know the make of my tambourine.

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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?

Some people perceive you differently. At least twice I had an experience where people who worked in clubs asked if I was a member of the band (during load-in). That surprised me because I'd think people who worked in clubs would be used to women musicians by now. They wouldn't ask a man who was hauling an amp out of a truck if they were members of the band... why would they ask a woman that question?

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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?

"No. Normally I'd give the same advice to anyone - don't be a jerk and don't sweat it if things don't go exactly your way. Be nice to the sound guy."

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Why did you choose to play the instrument you play?

I've played piano since I was very little - it chose me.

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