2018 is here. 2017 was a busy year with new releases by prominent artists and big tours. 2018 promises to be the same. 2018 brings with it new tours and new artists. Many of the new signings in 2017 will be hitting the road to promote their EP’s and albums as they come out. We’re already licking our lips about shows coming in March. 2018 also marks the end of Vans Warped Tour. This alternative music festival has shaped generations of fans and artists. We’ve also found it to be one of the most accepting of women artists.
FEMMUSIC will continue our annual issues in 2018. We will have previews of SXSW, Canadian Music Week, Australian Music Week, Melbourne Music Week, Loud Women Festival, and more. We also continue to look for those events that aren’t getting publicity and try to bring them to the forefront.
Typically in January & February we like to take on a broader issue in the music industry. In the past couple of years that has included interviews with women tour managers and women in studio production. As of this writing we are still looking for a subject and look forward to bringing it to you. FEMMUSIC is about women in the music industry not just musicians. We are also an activist site. It is not enough to watch from the sidelines. You need to take a stand and support it.
FEMMUSIC tries to support upcoming artists. We do this by featuring and interviewing them. We also work locally to try to provide artists and organizations with resources that come across our desk. We are a strong believer in arts funding and trying to find funding for artists. We also look for opportunities for gigs, events that might normally be thought of because they are not “music” exclusive. Sometimes our instincts prove true and we’ve heard from artists when our resources have helped. We look forward to doing more in 2018.
The year is just beginning and we hope to make it a great one.
Bat Fangs – This pop-metal duo will release their self titled album in February on Don Giovanni Records. Bat Fangs is Betsy Wright & Laura King. Pay attention to their single “Wolfbite.” They are already booked for SXSW in March. https://www.facebook.com/batfangsband
Who knew that when we started 2017 that so many women would finally be given a voice, and so many still need to speak up. 2017 began with the Women’s March that brought optimism and unity when spirits seemed lost. Now in October it is a daily revelation of who is being accused of sexual harassment. The #MeToo movement has spread from beyond Hollywood to Congress. Sadly there are too few stories from the music industry. We’ve only seen a couple recently including:
We would love to see the same investigation done into the music industry. I was recently watched Play Your Gender, a film about women in music and why only 5% of producers are women. We hope to have a larger story on this soon. In the meantime you can more info at:
The question on everyone’s mind is “Will this finally make a difference?” The only way to change the system is to hire more positions in power with women. This is not a new concept. It is overdue. We are looking forward to a new paradigm for 2018 and have our fingers crossed we will see it.
Stef Chura was signed to Saddle Creek in November. This Detroit alt singer-songwriter recalls the best of 90’s alt mixed with lyric driven songwriting. Her debut album Messes is being re-released by Saddle Creek in February. For info visit stefchura.net
Her video for “Speeding Ticket” is quietly mesmerizing:
October began with the mass killing in Las Vegas. On of the best editorials we saw about it was this:
Concert security is one of my soapboxes. It is the constant struggle of keeping audience members safe without infringing on their rights. Las Vegas took it to another level with the shooter being no where near the venue. It presents a scary new step in terror. We mourn the victims in Las Vegas and hope that this will finally be the last event of its kind.
On an entirely different note, October had us in shows where we couldn’t see the artist. The biggest were Frankie Rose and Hundred Waters. Both decided that a smoke machine is better than a live performance. Hundred Waters was moved from a bigger venue. We heard the crew checked the smoke machine at sound check. They obviously didn’t care that the smoke completely obscured the band. You were lucky to see shadows.
Frankie Rose was a similar situation. Not only did she have a smoke machine going, she also asked that the lights be turned down when she got on stage. She was a black shadow on stage.
Both shows emphasized for us how visual a concert is. As an artist on stage you have a presence to deliver your message. If you hide behind smoke and shadows, you are telling your audience you don’t “want” to see them. On stage you are the master. It is both frightening & empowering to do a live show. The reason you are on stage (and above everyone else) is because you’ve earned it. You’ve proven you can play and perform. I’ve seen shows with amazing light shows that work to amplify the performance. Both of these shows I left early. There was no show to the show only shadows and smoke. Please let your audience see how good you are.