I FIND IT VERY TROUBLING THAT ANYONE WOULD ATTEMPT TO PIT WOMAN MUSICIANS AGAINST ONE ANOTHER, ESPECIALLY IN THE CRAMPED LITTLE HAMLET THAT IS AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND.
IT MUST BE A REALLY BORING HOBBY BECAUSE WE’RE BASICALLY ALL FRIENDS. GET USED TO IT.
when the record is complete/april.
hi elena! it’s not rude at all! in fact i’ve mostly used canons which ALWAYS putter out when the magnetism shrivels and it costs too much to repair - usually i hunt down another body on the nz equal to ebay. i now have about 6 canon AE1 bodies. since i switched to minolta i have been less active in taking photographs and haven’t had the opportunity to run into any issues with it - just a wavering in my romance with photographs. i would recommend sleuthing a new body if it’s an old camera - it’s generally cheaper than repairing. sorry i couldn’t be of more help! good luck!
my friend elizabeth and i began making songs purely for our own amusement. i could never make sense of arithmetic and would write lyrics during all of my math and study classes, infuriating the teachers. i coerced liz into recording terrible covers of every song on jenny lewis’ rabbit fur coat record with me. we didn’t expect anyone to listen and we didn’t have lofty ambitions. we just liked playing. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h10Tqv7twUo - my best advice is like playing. to go to a lot of gigs, play a lot of gigs with minimal shame (i.e - i don’t really believe in ‘being ready’ i just believe in putting yourself out there if you have conviction, it’s really the only way to really get better at playing) and stick around to watch bands you’re on the bill with - i really like how community-driven the music scene feels. the industry is an entirely different beast that i haven’t figured out. also, rid yourself of the urge to sing in an american accent unless you possess one in every day speech. as i have learned, it is hard to shake when you finally realize you’ve been doing it. In regards to your initial question, I started watercolours by self-producing on ‘audacity’ but handed over the baton because there were people around me who possessed such intelligence in that field, i felt my songs - and the songs i co-write with others - were in more capable hands than my own and could speak fluently in a language i could only speak around. that said, i am learning to use ableton and it is full of possibility.
The ones surrounding my scattered friends in New York and Africa and Europe.