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Jen Olive

How would you describe your music?

quirky acoustic pop... lush, melodic, slightly jazz influenced

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

"i am a solo artist... i write, record and produce all of my own stuff.... andy partridge mixed my current album... he heads ape records in the UK...

as far as business and marketing it is a partnership with ape records"

Describe your gear.

"don musser custom made acoustic guitar - fender telecaster fender p-bass fender fretless bass manu katchu drums...small kit various percussion"

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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..VERY different

the primary difference being that your looks are focused on first and you have to really prove yourself to be taken seriously... if you want real recognition...

there were lots of moments...

the first was when someone said...you play pretty good for having such tiny hands or... you should show your legs more... you'd have more fans...

things like that"

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Do you see differences between generations of women musicians?

"yes.. i do

i notice that younger girls now are not as locked out... they seem to be more accepted... there are a lot of female players, writers, etc... and not all dance stuff...

when i was first starting it wasnt like that... seeing women i the forefront was not as common so i thnk girls today feel entitled to it, which is great... i think my generation was excluded from certain genres.. we had to fight to get in..."

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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?

"well .. the same advice i would give to anyone which is... don;t lose your integrity. your vision for yourself as an artist is ALWAYS the right one.. that's what makes YOU the artist... and if you are a woman... don;t feel that it means you are obligated to put forward any particular perspective or viewpoint because of that. your perspective as a woman IS the female perspective... and whatever your take, it will bring strength to more people, not just women, to express their own views as well."

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Why did you choose to play the instrument you play?

well guitar is my primary instrument... and it just feels right

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