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Zahira Gutierrez, Wild Moccasins

Photo of Zahira Gutierrez, Wild MoccasinsMolly Rodriguez

How would you describe your music?

A mix between Indie-Pop and 60's girl bands with guy/girl harmony's. It's dancey, sincere, and energetic.

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

I work with my band on coming up with melodies, harmony's, and the overall structure of the song. I also make sure to make our shows visually appealing to our audience. I love when bands make an effort to put on a show and not just stand there, it's extremely important to me.

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Describe your gear.

I play a Roland Juno-D, beat up old floor toms, and sing.

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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 there is definitely a difference. It has its ups and down, especially if you are in a band with all guys, people treat you differently. They might pay more attention to what the men have to say and disregard my input, while others embrace it. I've had people think I was just "the girlfriend" of the band before, but I love being the only woman in the band.

Do you see differences between generations of women musicians?

I think more and more women are becoming a big role in the music society. I see a lot more women musicians on the cover of magazines and taking over the rock music scene than before.

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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?

"Someone said once to not care about how people react to your music or what they write. Not everyone will like it and there will always be people who will say negative things and that's okay. I try not to pay too much attention to reviews. As for advice to women, as cheesy as this sounds, you have to be yourself. Don't let anyone tell you what you have to look like or sound like to be successful. "

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Why did you choose to play the instrument you play?

I've always loved to sing and perform , I've been singing since I can remember. I cant imagine doing anything else at this point, it has always come naturally.

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