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Linda Lou - Cockpit

How would you describe your music?

Hard Rock with classic rock and metal influences from the 70's/80's era

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

"I am the the lead singer and rhythm guitarist. I write my own music with the band and record all of my own music in the studio. The band works together to produce and arrange our own songs. We make decisions about the groups business/marketing collectively. "

Describe your gear.

"Gibson SG Gibson Les Paul Marshall JCM800 50watt head Marshall Silver Jubilee 4x12 cabinet Rocktron, Boss, Dunlop effects pedals"

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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. It's still very difficult to be taken seriously. Most people assume that your just not that good, and you have to work twice as hard to prove them wrong. People also have a hard time believing that you actually do what you say you do. I've been loading my gear out of a venue and have people assume that I'm helping my boyfriend.

Do you see differences between generations of women musicians?

i see more similarities then differences... we're still more of anomaly then we should be at this point.

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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 could have used some good advice. I haven't been given much. But I have learned this. Be aware of the stereo types and the preconceived notions others will carry... but don't feed into them. Celebrate yourself and your own sense of sexuality (if that's part of who you are)... but don't ever play a part in your own self exploitation. Pursue what you love even when it's hard. Extraordinary lives rarely come easily. "

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Why did you choose to play the instrument you play?

"I've always been a fan of guitar. At first I wanted to play an instrument that I could sing and play at the same time. I later became a big fan of metal and started taking my guitar playing to another level.

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