Interview – Women in rock: Tamar-kali

// 3 May 2011

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headphones.jpgMetal and rock and punk are still dominated by mostly white, mostly male bands (or at least that’s the popular image of those scenes and the most commercially successful bands). What do you think about women’s position in the music industry in this genre these days? What has your experience been like?

Sexism is real and the constant marginalising of women in these genres runs rampant. That’s why the DIY spirit of punk rock is so important.

I’ve come to a place where I respond with focus as opposed to anger now. Focusing on how to grow myself as an artist through collaborating with other artists and looking for different outlets through which to present my work.

There will always be the sound guy who defers to the male presences even though my name is on the stage plot and sound rider, the audience members that big up the musicians I work with for writing the songs and people who will tune right out as soon as they hear my vocals over those hard riffs but my existence can’t be denied and I’ll keep rockin’ :)

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Comments From You

cycleboy // Posted 4 May 2011 at 2:20 pm

The other week, on Jools Holland’s show, there was a band that consisted of a male singer and all the instrumentalists were women. I have NEVER seen this before, so I guess they chose that lineup specifically to be noticed.

Why is it, whenever I hear women in pop/rock interviewed they are almost inevitably singers and not players? It can’t be anything to do with musical ability, as women are very well represented in classical music. So, it’s not simply (as I once heard) because teenage boys are more prepared to lock themselves away while they learn their instruments than girls.

I’m genuinely puzzled. Sure, I know lots of people will tell me that there are loads of women playing pop and rock. Is it purely sexism that prevents them making a living in the genre? I would have thought that the money-men (and I’m assuming it is mainly men) would be only too keen to support women as instrumentalists, as their novelty value alone would surely pay dividends.

peace // Posted 4 May 2011 at 4:39 pm

i don’t know much about rock music but I think it is so great that there are people like Tamara-kali in the industry. I think it is very sad that she probably won’t get the recognition she deserves. Punk and rock music is often seen as ‘white people music’ and so some people don’t feel too welcomed. i went to an all girls school with mostly black and Latino students and I won’t forget being teased for listening to one rock song. It wasn’t too great for one of my black friend who listened to heavy metal.

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