Round Table Rebellion is LYR’s monthly podcast where the members and their guests discuss intersectional feminism. In episode 8, “Female Fronted,” LYR founder Angela Page invited three amazing songstresses to discuss what it’s like being a woman in the music industry. As the front woman of punk band the Young Dead, Angela hosted folk singer/songwriter Kyle Anne Duggan, front woman of reggae band the Freecoasters, Claire Liparulo, and country singer/songwriter Sheena Brook. Together, the panel takes on sexism in the music industry, and they even let the audience in on their sexist pet peeves. This episode was recorded live at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in Fort Myers, FL by engineer Pete Flower, produced by Angela Page.
In 2017, what’s it like to be a woman in the music industry? Pitchfork recently put out an article that showed bands with female members were less likely to be booked for popular festivals. That’s only one of the ways sexism shows up in the music industry. Female fronted acts face incredible pressure to meet an ideal only to be treated like a showpiece by promoters, managers, and audiences. The episode 8 panel explores their experiences with music industry sexism. They offer some perspectives on how to help change the expectations of women, and they share some of the ways sexism has impacted their careers. From their conversation, it’s clear that being a female fronted act still can still be a double edged sword.
Listen to the previous RTR episodes! Get to know a little more about 4th wave feminism in episode 1, This is What a Feminist Acts Like. And in episode 2, Schrodinger’s Racist, the panel discusses what it’s like to be a feminist in the American South. Check back each month for more episode of LYR’s Round Table Rebellion. Do you love RTR? Download every episode on iTunes!