Hey guys! Thanks for taking the time to be interviewed for Warrior Woman Magazine, you have been nominated Musicians of The Month! How does that feel?
It feels great! Thanks for choosing us!
So, tell us about you? How long have you been in the industry?
Jess: I’ve been playing drums for around 10 years, and have been in and out of bands since I was about 14. Music was the first thing I really got into and actually stuck with. I was one of those kids that would try something for a month or two and then move on to something else – but that never happened with music and playing drums. I only joined Flowerpot a few months ago and it’s been a pretty fun ride so far!
Morgan: I’ve been playing music since I was 6 years old, but I’ve only been in bands since I was about 16.
Louise: I first picked up a guitar when i was 14, my first live gig was when i joined college at the age of 16.
Steph: I come from a very musical family and have always been involved in music some way between school choirs, am-dram operatics and taking more of a role in the worship band at church. However I really entered the ‘industry’ as it were in 2013 when I joined my metal band Alatyr.
What and/or who inspires your music?
Morgan: Musically, I’m inspired a lot by Led Zeppelin and bands like that, but when it comes to bass lines I’m more inspired by Flea, Chris Wolstenholme and Duff McKagan.
Steph: I take inspiration from anything I can, from classical to metal, celtic folk to rock and more. The top people who influence me the most are probably Lacey Strum, Tool, Puscifer and Milla Jovavich (YES she DOES music AS WELL!!!) Anyone who embraces who they are and are able to express great emotion and meaning through their music.
Jess: I’m personally inspired by many drummers/musicians/bands, such as John Bonham, Glen Sobel, Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown, Rival Sons etc. and I think Flowerpot also takes their influences from many different bands and people. As a collective we all have varying inspirations and I think that results in us having quite diverse songs and sounds.
Louise: My songroting is inspire by green day and husker du, my guitar playing is inspired by Slash
In your experience in the music industry, have you experienced or witnessed any sexist issues?
Louise: I have experienced a lot of sexism during the music industry, for example, i tried to join a band, would they would only except male band mates. Also when I go into some music shops with my brothers, I get completely ignored because I am a girl.
Morgan: I’ve never personally experienced anything negative, but I do believe that the music industry is definitely male dominated, so I feel that female musicians/bands have to work harder to show that they can play, to be noticed and to get the same opportunities.
Steph: There are still a mass amount of people who are surprised at a tight, decent all girl band- especially one such as ourselves who have found our own sound without trying to go down the ‘sex sells’ or ‘pop commercial’ routes. I don’t think things are as bad as they have been in the past for women in music, and by all means being a talented female musician/band will open many opportunities for you but there is still a daunting overcast of objectivity that can taint your creative journey. Really though, I’ve found so far that being confident in yourself and your abilities, standing strong and not being afraid to say no or to speak up in a situation where you are uncomfortable, will keep you on your path.
Jess: When I used to play in my old band where I was the only female, other all male bands we were playing with would often be surprised that I was a female drummer, and that I could actually play and knew what a drum was! I remember once another band had asked to speak to the drummer, and when my bandmates pointed at me he said “no, the drummer!”.
Have you ever felt pressured to look or act a certain way?
Jess: Not really. I’ve never really been one to give in to that sort of pressure, and I think generally the rock industry is quite accepting of people being the way they are.
Steph: Yes and no. I now front two bands, and I guess there is still a lot of stigma to someone who ‘doesn’t look right’ for their genre. Although a conversion with my good friend Francis Murphy a few years ago got me to think ‘the hell with what anyone else thinks’ and so now, if I’m dressing up for anyone onstage it’s for myself, how I’m comfortable and confident with. And I would take this further by not caring whether the audience is getting into our music or not- regardless I’m going to rock that stage and bloody well enjoy myself! I’m not in this for anyone else, I do it because I love it and that’s the most important thing.
Morgan: I’ve never felt pressured to look or act a certain way. In a band, it is important to have some kind of image, but I also think it’s important to dress or look in a way that makes you feel comfortable and gives you a chance to express your own style.
Louise: No, I don’t get peer pressured.
Do you have anyone around you that in your opinion exceeds the expectations of their job role?
Jess: There’s a few people that help out the band, with getting to gigs, selling merch, carrying gear etc. and they definitely go above and beyond! There’s also a few fans that we see at most of our gigs – thanks guys!
Steph: There are so many people who have and are helping us to get as far as possible and I’m incredibly humbled and thankful for them! Although you can get your bad eggs, there are so many people who just want to support you, see you succeed and are active in helping you achieve that! So thank you so much!
What’s been the biggest challenge you’ve come across and what advice would you give to others in a similar situation?
Louise: The biggest challenge was when i first joined flowerpot, and i had a limited amount of time to learn many covers and originals in time for a gig. My advice is to not give up and to just keep practising
Morgan: I think one of the biggest challenges I’ve come across in bands is the lack of communication between members and solving differences. The advice that I would give to anyone in a similar situation is to speak up and talk openly as a band, so that you can get everyone’s feelings on the situation at hand.
Steph: I would agree, definitely communication is key. Also, if you are wanting to do more with your band than just play a few gigs here and there, the unfortunate truth is you have to start looking at it like a business which can seem daunting and like it will suck the fun out of it. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Set deadlines for songwriting/recording etc, and be realistic about your timeline and goals, but also socialise with your band mates outside of a band work environment and enjoy yourselves together. A band, as much as it may become a business, is more a family and you will need strong relationships if you ever hit any difficult times.
What are your most proud moment of your career?
Morgan: My most proud moment of my career so far has been supporting Cherie Currie. The Runaways paved the way for many female musicians and were definitely a huge influence on me musically when I was younger. So, to have had the chance to meet Cherie Currie and actually play on the same stage as support for her was really an incredible moment for me.
Jess: To be honest I feel proud when we play a gig and audience members tell us after that they’ve enjoyed the show and want to see us again. Someone enjoying what you’re doing is amazing and just gives further encouragement to keep doing it!
Louise: I am most proud of when i wrote my EP as it was the first time i attempted song writing al aloen, and i had a really good experience doing this, i also had to teach my other band mates for my punk band.
Steph: I like to write songs with meaning, and at times with a message of hope. I’ve experienced many many different situations and events, some have had me become a broken crying mess. So when a fan came up to speak to me after I performed with Alatyr in Southampton a few years ago and told me that the words I sang spoke to his soul and healed him, I was speechless with joy. That was probably the best moment so far.
What would you say the worst moment has been so far?
Louise: The worst moment was again, being told i couldn’t join a band due to be a girl.
Jess: Probably the ending of my whole band a few years ago – but on to new and
Steph: The worst moment is when something you have worked on for a long time, and put your heart and soul into, is under threat of ending without having been pushed to it’s full potential.
What do you have planned for the next year?
Jess: We’re going to be working on a lot of song writing, and of course playing lots of gigs!
Morgan: We plan to release an album along with some music videos and also do a UK and EU tour.
Louise: I hope to go on tour
Steph: Yep, a WHOLE lot of new music, recording, touring and everything! My hope is that in a years time the band might be in a place where it’s becoming a sustainable project.
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