Women in Music: Bow
Artist name: Bow
Bow has risen from out of nowhere to tell stories of love, lust, hope and desire. Her upcoming self-titled EP follows her transformative journey from the darkest of places through digital and interstellar worlds – all on a quest to find “It: That special something that radiates from within.
Q. Have you always wanted to be a musician?
A. I started music at a very young age and have always been a dreamer. “Singer” was always on my list of what I wanted to be when I grew up.
Q. What are your thoughts on women in the music industry today?
A. There are some frustrating aspects to being a woman in the music industry. Every female artist I know that writes their own material has stories of how men have questioned how much they actually contributed to their own music. As if to say “Oh but you’re a girl, you couldn’t have written that whole song on your own”. There’s still progress to be made in the name of female musicians.
Although there are still strides to be made, women are becoming more and more of a strong presence in the music industry. I have experience working for a music publishing company and a music distribution company. Both were incredible experiences and I always recommend that artists work on the business end for a while to learn more about how things work. I met some very strong and admirable women at these companies.
Q. What age did you begin performing?
A. I got on stage for the first time at age 7 as Ariel in a production of the Little Mermaid! It’s still one of my favorite Disney movies.
Q. If you could give one piece of advice to a young girl who aspires to be a musician what would you tell them?
A. Be yourself completely and don’t lose what makes you uniquely you. That spark is what will make you stand out and will bring out the truest form of music.
Q. Describe your most embarrassing moment on stage and tell us how you learned from it.
A. I booked a gig at Six Flags. I had done a mini tour of the parks in the past but decided to just book one close to home that summer. I got to the park with my band, we set up, played out show only to find out WE WERE AT THE WRONG SIX FLAGS LOCATION!! What did I learn? E-mail address organization is very important haha!
Q. What kind of music do you listen to at home?
A. I listen to everything from Led Zeppelin to Rachmaninoff. I like to mix up the genres I listen to and LOVE discovering great songs and artists on Spotify that I may have never heard before. Most recently I found “Bad Blood” by an artist called NAO. Definitely check her out.
Q. Any regrets in choosing the music path?
A. I have no regrets. Not everyone is lucky enough to do something they love for a living and I am incredibly grateful to be able to wake up every day and make a living doing what I love most.