Girls to the Front at The Zoo (June 2017)

On Friday 30th June, Brisbane’s The Zoo is celebrating “a night showcasing strong female talent in the music industry” with their appropriately titled event, Girls to the Front. From 8pm, Ella Vice, Nila Bonda, WHALEHOUSE, and The Bear Hunt will be taking to the stage and giving your ears a treat.

For this Q&A, Hot Chicks with Big Brains caught up with seven of the talented individuals from all four female-fronted acts, asking them each one question about what it’s like to identify as female within the music industry.

 

 

 

 

 

Roxanne of Ella Vice

Q: What do you think can be done to help support women in the music industry?

A: I think it’s about getting more women, and bands with women in them, on the bills. Making it a supportive environment, and giving chicks the opportunity to play at gigs to begin with. That starts with management making those decisions, and proactively looking for those sort of bands in the first place.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tahlia of Nila Bonda

Q: Where you always encouraged to pursue your interest in music, or was it something that was often questioned?

A: A little bit of both. My parents were both really musical: we were like the only three musical people in the whole family. So I grew up playing music, and then I kinda figured out at some point during my high school years that I wanted to study music and keep going with it. Which wasn’t something that my dad wanted me to do. My mum didn’t care, but he wanted me to get into Economics and Foreign Affairs!

Laughter

But, he eventually came around and since then they’ve both supported me the whole way, which has been amazing. And now, here I am!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amy Rose of WHALEHOUSE

Q: What’s the biggest challenge that you’ve faced so far in your career as a female musician?

A: I’d say we get underestimated as a band in general. When we walk into a venue with all of our gear, sometimes we have guys helping us and people assume that we’re either groupies or the guys’ girlfriends. They think we’re the ones helping them out, and greet the guys first before they even acknowledge us. Sometimes people won’t talk to us until after we’ve played, like we’ve had to prove ourselves. So I think the biggest challenge has been obtaining recognition that we, as a band, are serious about what we do.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zoe of WHALEHOUSE

Q: What are you most looking forward to about playing Girls to the Front?

A: I’m excited to have some fun, and make a bunch of new friends!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sonya of WHALEHOUSE

Q: What do you think is the most difficult thing about being a female musician?

A: Probably that nobody takes you seriously until after you’ve played, and you’re constantly being harassed with simple questions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bec of The Bear Hunt

Q: What’s been the most rewarding and validating experience you’ve had throughout your career to date?

A: Being able to achieve our goals. Which involved moving all the way down the coast to Brisbane and being able to record an album. Most of our recordings take a long time because of us having to rely on others to produce etc. And really just having people who appreciate what we write. It’s like singing my journal to people, and if they can relate to that then it’s really, really rewarding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Linda of The Bear Hunt

Q: Have you ever been treated differently to a fellow musician who was male on a night when you were performing, and what happened?

A: All the time!

Laughter

There’s a tiny little thing that I’ve noticed seems to happen to me because I’m the drummer: if I talk to people before we play and tell them that, they’re like “Oh yeah? Cool.” and then after we’ve played they’ll come up to me again and be like “You’re actually really good!”. It’s that word, ‘actually’, that pisses me off. Because all my fellow male drummers never get that ‘actually’ bit. And I’m like, what do you think? I told you that I’ve been playing for 20 years!

 

 

 

 

 


Featured Image: Hannah Manic

Images, Questions, and Edits: Emma Kate Lewis

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