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Kelley Darlin, Those Darlins

How would you describe your music?

rock'n'roll with country, garage rock, and pop influences

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

I play with two other women, Jessi & Nikki Darlin, and we all swap instruments and share vocal leads and harmonies. In the studio we all share our ideas and make collaborative decisions. In business an marketing we all have an opinion and work in a collaborative way toward decisions with our manager, John Turner.

Describe your gear.

I play an Epiphone Casino, Fender Telecaster 72 Reissue, Fender Hot Rod Deluxe Amp, Ampeg Rocket Bass Amp, and a Gretsch bass

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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 think mostly when you are a pre-teen or teen and gender differences are becoming so much more apparent and important in your social circles that being a girl who plays music can be awkward and even discouraged by your peers. Mostly I think it's because more boys play and that it has a lot to do with sheer numbers and the awkwardness of gender interactions as a teen in general. In the professional world though, I think people are very open-minded and receptive to women musicians, especially as artists. I worked in live sound and production before doing Those Darlins full time and that world is still very hierarchial and non-receptive to women, I think mostly because of the physical labor involved and a general macho roadie mentality. Because the gender discrimination happens so early, I think it's important for girls to be encouraged at a young age to pursue music. I think all of the girls rock camps are making huge progress in this area. In fact, I helped start the Southern Girls Rock & Roll Camp and all three Darlins volunteer at it each summer.

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Do you see differences between generations of women musicians?

Yes, even between the riot grrrl movement of the 90s to today. It has been a much more politicized position to be a woman musician in the past, whereas today I think women approach with a much more "so what" sense of entitlement and ownership. While that may seem unappreciative of previous women's efforts or somehow that modern women aren't political or are complacent, I think it's just the opposite and speaks to the progress that women before us have made. The ultimate goal of just about any movement in my opinion is to make it to where people in the future won't have to use their energy to fight the same battle.

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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?

Practice. Ha

Why did you choose to play the instrument you play?

I originally wanted to play drums but my parents said noway because they're so loud, so I asked for a guitar instead. I was 12 and got a small folk guitar for Christmas. Once I started learning around the age of 14 I knew I wanted an electric and wanted to be louder so I got a summer job and bought my first electric guitar, a Fender Squire, then started my first band with some older guy friends around that time.

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