Enough with the labels! Letme just get on with making music
First and foremost, I think of myself as a musician, but I’m not offended by the title “female musician”. I’m both, after all. Music can be gendered, but in reality there are certain roles that you don’t often see filled by women in music, so it can lend itself to judgment.
I can’t say women in music have more to prove because, personally, I wouldn’t know. Ask me again in a year or two. So far all the people I’ve worked with have never shown any gender-based judgement of me or my music.
Once in the studio after struggling with a vocal take and battling with losing my voice, I cried. Jimmy Eadie, who was working with me on the album, said “Oh, I forgot you were a girl”.
I think that, initially, we are all judged on appearance and of Gearailt, from the band Halfset, played harp with me for a while because she’s a great harper.
I think gender will always be relevant, but polarising it in terms of musicianship would be severe. As in, “women make better keyboard players” and “men better guitarists”. I feel relaxed about being female and a musician.
I worked as a live sound engineer and I didn’t come across many women in that profession. I’ve worked in a lot of venues where touring bands bring their own engineer. It would surprise me when they were female, but it never surprised me when they were great at their job.
I’ve had negative/sexist experiences as a sound engineer. Once, while working in a smaller venue, a touring engineer arrived with a band and asked where the was almost audible, but over the years I’ve learned to ignore that stuff and also not to wonder where it’s coming from. I think it would be wrong of me to presume that someone is worried about my abilities because I’m female.
Anyway, by the end of this gig the guy in question patted me on the bum with a “good job!” Now if that’s not sexist I don’t know what is!
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