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Veronica; Loafass

How would you describe your music?

Old school Punk rock

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

I have equal say in all decisions just as all of the other members (3 guys)

Describe your gear.

Rickenbacher Bass, Danelectro Bass, Ampeg cabinet and head, as well as a Genz Benz bass head

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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?

"Yes although in more recent years there seems to be less of a difference. I noticed the difference right away, as soon as I was playing in bands. It was especially clear to me when playing shows. There were several instance where the venue wouldn't let me in because they didn't believe I was in the band and thought I was just someone's girlfriend trying to get in for free. I had to find one of my band mates to get me in. Also I've been denied drink tickets, free beverages, food, or what ever benefits bands get at shows for the same reason. Also if I bring my boyfriend with me to a show, they assume that he is the one in the band, not me. Also I know I need to play better that any other guy on my instrument in my genre to be taken seriously. I feel at this point I have achieved that respect."

Do you see differences between generations of women musicians?

I can't think of any.

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?

"Some older female musicians I've met have been very supportive. My advice to a woman just starting out is don't date anyone in your band- it's never good. Also demand equal say in any band decision- it's your music too."

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Why did you choose to play the instrument you play?

I started with guitar when I was 11 years old, in high school a band needed a bass player so I started playing bass. I've been playing bass in bands ever since, but still play guitar for myself.

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