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There's a lot of change going on right now in the world. Some of it good, and also lots of it bad.
For musicians, there are things we can celebrate - a stronger sense of community? A strengthened feeling of resilience? Knowing that what we do IS truly vital to individuals adn society?
At the same time, the losses can be stark:
Vanished Live gigs have taken with them the ability to earn an income from Live audiences and merchandise sales.
Social distancing restrictions mean teaching now comes with facial covering and a loss of physical/visual connection.
And collaborating with one another is a digital process...
For female musicians, though, we’ve already been battling for decades with less income, a weakened industry representation and, therefore, limited career independence compared to our male counterparts.
One thing's for sure - where there are problems, we need to take action - and I believe there are new, hugely exciting opportunities for womxn in these times of change.
You see, time and time again womxn feel frustrated, silenced and hidden in the industry in a multitude of ways:
Sometimes this is because other people make presumptions about our skill, drive, intelligence or guts (this podcast is depressing listening if you have the stomach for it).
Other times, it’s because we ourselves make judgements about our own entitlement, talent, capabilities or expertise.
But I also see some womxn truly break away from this pattern by gaining the creative freedom to envision, map and express their musicality in ways that feel authentic and empowering for them.
These womxn often defy traditional gender roles in the industry by taking active ownership of their musical expression and career trajectory.
They often earn more income from their music and have fewer sleepless nights worrying how they’ll ever feel free and confident as a woman in the industry.
Are these female musicians super-human, music cyborgs with some kind of magical powers?
They have simply taken ownership of the process of making and sharing their music by learning to record and produce themselves and THIS is the game changer.
THIS means you can record on your terms and cherry pick the people you want to work with.
THIS means you can craft your own sound and make informed decisions about the sonic output of your music.
THIS means you can actually share your music with the world and own the rights to both your songs and recordings.
THIS means you can even start your own record label and even produce other musicians.
THIS is why I passionately believe recording and production skills are the true change womxn in the music industry need to embrace.
THIS will change the industry and the world in general in profound and meaningful ways.
Therefore, feminist activism as a female musician looks like learning to self-record your music and, right now, you can do this!
Take some time to hone these skills while you may be in lockdown or are even just living in a COVID adapted world.
What could you do with your music if you could confidently record it yourself?
Who’s presumptions and judgements (your own included) could you smash into oblivion?
What feminine stories would start being told that had been kept silent before?
What would change in your life and the lives of those you encounter along the way?
Big stuff, right?
Tell me what your change would look like in the comments 👇🏻
And if you’re ready to take some feminist activism and record your music, check out my awesome FREE PDF guides on sound treatment and recording tools here >>
Now’s the time to start making positive change in the world!