I’m a woman and I love music. As a musician, photographer and former webzine founder, music has been a part of my life ever since I can remember. I’ve had my share of amazing experiences through my involvement in the scene but I’ve also had the misfortune to notice the imbalance when it comes to gender equality in music.
This documentary project will feature the views of a range of women/gender-neutral individuals from all walks of life within the UK music scene. I want to find out how and why people get involved in music, the positive and the not-so-positive experiences, and the possible ways we can change things.
My hope is that this documentary will have an impact on the awareness of equality issues in the UK music scene.
It’s becoming more evident that the divide is there and there have been a number of recent press articles on the issue, but they only scratch the surface. A documentary will allow me to explore the situation in more depth.
There are plenty of documentaries out there about music but so many focus on male musicians and the American music scene. This project will give women/gender-neutral people involved in the UK scene a voice.
Where interviews and documentaries exist about musicians in the UK, many tend to focus on historical change in the music scene, such as rise of punk in the ’70s and so on. The current scene often seems to get overlooked which is why I want to focus on that.
How can we inspire young people if they can’t relate to the experiences they are told about in documentaries?
It’s my hope that this project will inspire young people to pick up an instrument, learn to record music or just get out there to see live bands perform.
I haven’t made a documentary before, I’ll admit that now. However, I have plenty of experience of carrying out interviews for research projects, webzines and for inclusion in short promotional videos. I have first-hand experience of UK underground ska/punk scene as a webzine founder/editor (Push to Fire 2008-2012), a musician in two bands (Munky Punch 2003-2006, Copasetics 2009-2014) and a live music photographer since 2007 (suzyska.co.uk). I always see projects through to the end.
Progress so far
So far I’ve interviewed:
- Talia (Nu Pogodi!)
- Villa (Nu Pugodi!)
- Jenn Hart (spoken word artist)
- Chrissy Barnacle (solo musician)
- Lande (Muncie Girls)
- Helen Chambers (solo musician/Dear Everyone)
- El Morgan (solo musician/Dear Everyone)
- Kelly Kemp (solo musician/Dear Everyone)
- Lianne Hare (Ladyfest)
- Georgie (Big Wow/Get Human)
- Katie (singer)
- Kim (music photographer)
- Lou (Caves)
Thanks to Lande, Talia, Villa, Georgie, Lianne, Kelly, El, Helen, Jenn, Chrissy, Kim, Katie and the Ladyfest panel, Lou; Jon for letting me use Gibson’s in York as a filming location; Henry and Emma for letting me film at their zine launch; Janer Ali from Dublin for the footage of Nu Pogodi!; Simon for additional filming and his support; Pete for the project name; everyone who’s encouraged me to do this.
Image credits from the video:
Cyndi Lauper photographs by Eva Rinaldi (Flickr: Cyndi Lauper) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Bikini Kill performing live at Sylvester Park in Olympia, Washington on May 1, 1991, by Jonathan Charles [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons