I started Wise Girl in 2009 after taking a 2 year break from performing with my old punk band, The Lookaways. I was sick and tired of being judged on my appearance and it really started taking its toll on me, I needed a break.
At first it was cool, I started the band at 18, I got to travel, write songs and play some really epic shows. I could talk to any guy I wanted after shows and I loved it. Eventually it started getting to me, people shouting things at shows like “you’re hot” and even the negative stuff, mean things written on message boards got me upset and angry and I started taking it really personally. What the fuck does this have to do with the music?
I am a woman in the music industry and I front the band, Wise Girl. I play guitar, sing, write the songs and I created this project with the “I don’t give a fuck” mentality. I knew what I had to do and was prepared to change the world, or at least try without all the doubts and insecurities that come with being young. I wanted to be taken seriously for my songwriting while still keeping it fun and universal. Those two years that I took off from performing, I wrote everyday, I taught myself to play piano, I studied other songwriters that I respected intensively and reformulated my “writing formula”. I got a band together and have had to hire and fire quite a few people, I was the boss.
I am currently lucky enough to have found two awesome guys on the same page as me musically, who click with my personality. Chris Fasulo is my producer and the guitarist in Wise Girl and Harry Keithline is our drummer and they rock. They can handle working with a woman who is outspoken, powerful, has a giant personality and is a giant in general (I am 6 feet tall). They pick me up when I am feeling down and I know that I can count on them to be there and be myself, even when I’m on the rag. Our long running joke revolves around my period, yes I said it.
It is tough being a woman running the show especially on the business side of things but can also be kind of fun watching the show some of these idiots put on. I came from a family of Jewish doctors so if anyone has learned about business it’s me and it’s pretty easy to tell when someone is bullshitting you. When someone tells you something that sounds too good to be true, it usually is. I like to call those people “talkers”, they usually name drop a lot as well.
Future women rock stars, steer clear of the “talkers”, perfect your craft so you don’t make the rest of us look bad and don’t ever let anyone tell you that you’re not pretty enough, skinny enough, cool enough or any of that bullshit and you’ll be fine. Keep pushing through; I know that I will be….
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