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Elisa Randazzo

How would you describe your music?

Old English folk meets ambient meets classic songs.

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

I record a lot of my own stuff at home before I add other instruments later--I work on marketing with the advice of Drag City--I produce my own stuff and also co-mix it, so I'm pretty involved on all levels.

Describe your gear.

Remy violin from the 1800's, martin acoustic, fender custom tele electric

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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, I do think it's different in every way. A lot of it has to do with the way other musicians approach playing with you. I takes a lot of sensitivity to play certain genres of music, especially music with a female vocal. I try to chose musicians who add tasteful parts without overplaying. I think it's always better to be a player who is subtle works at facilitating the actual song instead of being showy. This is even more important when playing live music.

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Do you see differences between generations of women musicians?

I think things are always cyclical, especially since the 60's, so it depends what part of the cycle we're in, but I definitely see repetition. I think music can be amazingly reminiscent when it comes from a person's sub-conscience, and this depends on what one's soaked in over the years. At this point in our greater development, it seems like we are amalgams of many things. Like conglomerate rocks, you can see the what kinds of elements make the greater whole, but the combination can also be totally unique.

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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?

Don't let the opinions of others thwart you from letting your quirkiest moments come through. Try to write a lot and not judge your work till it's really complete, and you've had some distance from it. If I had heeded this advice, I would have written hundreds more songs!

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Why did you choose to play the instrument you play?

Because it was small and because is was romantic!

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