I’m concerned about the lack of women in the local music scene!
The only women I see are the bartenders and if there are any ‘musicians’ that do come, they are ‘singers’ or at best three chord ‘singer songwriters’! Where are the female drummers, bassists, and guitarists? Once in a blue moon there are female musicians and I grasp onto them and beg them to stay so much! But they don’t come back!
I’ve tried to think of the many reasons as to why this could be. Maybe female musicians are not too keen to linger around bars with all the dudes. Maybe female musicians do not feel accepted? Maybe they do not have the confidence? These were some of the repercussions I had when I started out.
There are many unspoken troubles a female musician has to face. For instance, it is so hard to find people to jam with. The dynamic tends to be a close one and guys tend to abuse it. How can a female be comfortable jamming in a room alone with a guy if she has this understandable fear sitting in the back of her mind?
Then there is also the problem of not having enough role models out there. It’s barricaded by a front line in the music industry- sound engineers, technicians and dj’s who are all men! Even at the record store and instrument stores most of the sales people are men. I had a friend who once told me not to go to Steve’s music store because they are not too fond of women and beginners. The music industry is surrounded by men!
To break into this circle to the actual production side of music is quite a feat! How often have you heard of a record selling female producer? I can’t even think of one. Once in a while we hear of a bassist in some band, or a keyboardist, or a violinist, but its not ever equal or remotely close to the number of men!
Ya that blows. But I won’t let it deter me, nor will I use it as an excuse and be lazy with practice. It’s just a mere observation and hopefully things will change, and it slowly has…