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Melodie Bryant

How would you describe your music?

Music largely for television - it supports visuals. Within that arena, it can be anywhere from dance to guitar-driven rock, to big band, orchestral to comedic.

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

I have my own studio, make my own hours (when deadlines allow any free time), compose, orchestrate and master my own music, and make all marketing decisions.

Describe your gear.

Mac and many soft synths, digital board I'm selling, some outboard gear (synths) and Kurzweil 6400

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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?

"TOTALLY! No matter how great a player you are, and even if you're respected as such - and male musicians do respect great playing - you're always somewhat of an outsider. There's a sexual perspective that you will never be a part of, and you notice it if you're outnumbered.

The best way to deal with this is to be the one in control: the one who books the gigs, or who gets them. Then they will listen to you(!). The moment I had success as a composer, was hiring other musicians and seen as capable of finding work - for them and for my business - I was held in awe.

Which is not the same as acceptance, but is an improvement."

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Do you see differences between generations of women musicians?

From what I observe, female musicians are better trained than they used to be and much more a part of the fabric of the musical world. I think they are better integrated.

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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?

"HA! I WISH! I've done it all on my own, and I've been successful, but I have had the support of a terrifically talented friend.

Be strategic. Ally yourself with a mentor (male or female) who can really help bring you along."

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Why did you choose to play the instrument you play?

It was in the house where I grew up.

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