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Shilpa Ray, Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers

How would you describe your music?


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

Songwriter, Front Person. It's my band so it's like a democracy under a dictatorship.

Describe your gear.

Harmonium, lavalier wireless mic through a Galleon Kruger bass amp. I use a beta 57 for my vocal mic.

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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?

Not so much anymore. Everyone has to work and bring it to every show. We all have our roles and chores we have to do as a touring band. My band mates are all male, they're my bros and they're the best.

Do you see differences between generations of women musicians?

Yes and No. I think Feminism in America went through a huge backlash during the W. Bush years. We are now going through a cool Renaisance. There are tons of amazing female musicians and artists on the scene with something to contribute and it's not cheesy, kitchy, or female centric. It's universal. Now if we can get a woman into the presidency without it being a media circus...

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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?

Sure, tons of people, both men and women. The hardship of being an artist in this country is gender neutral. Own yourself, what you do, how you live and don't worry about the end results.

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Why did you choose to play the instrument you play?

By default. I was forced to sing and play the harmonium as a child.

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