Continuing the conversation of yesterday, today.
In 2020, at the start of the pandemic, revisiting our music, we realised that our albums were no longer available to listen to online and there was no archive or document of our work either. We decided that a website would be an important space to consolidate our music and present a snapshot of our collective and individual experience of being in an independent all female band.
This coincided with the creation of a Bristol app project launch this year 2021 by independent Bristol magazine Crack, called ‘Everything is Music’ (EIM).
‘EIM will bring together the most important people and stories in Bristol’s musical history through an interactive map that will launch in April 2021. Audiences will have to go to specific, relevant locations to find stories and music that links to that place, and access the content via their mobile. We are currently looking at placing over 200 pins across the city in order to make the hunt as rich and varied as possible. These pins will form the jigsaw of Bristol’s musical history.’
– Ben Price, Crack Magazine.
After discussing the website and its purpose together, we agreed that female voice and agency in relation to representation in music and its business is still an important conversation that needs to be addressed today. One contribution would be this website platform as a starting point from which to continue the discussion and make our contribution to positive change in relation to equality, justice and women’s empowerment. This includes female musicians, particularly in the context of the toxic and unsustainable music environment that continues today.
“Mooz are one of the few all-female bands on the local scene. So, in 2002, why are there still so few girls in groups? “I don’t know. Women have always traditionally been singers,” says Marlowe. “There weren’t many women on the course we went on. Unfortunately, technology is still seen as very much a blokey thing, with your mixer and decks, that it seems to exclude women. But I think that is starting to change, I hope so.” – from The Big Issue, May 2002, “Schmoozing with Mooz” by Will Simpson
Focusing on being in an all-female band is as relevant today as it ever was. To give an example: how many all-female bands can you name off the top of your heads that are not manufactured pop bands? Which female musicians can really make music on their own terms including creation, production and image?
In the future we want to encourage solidarity and give a platform to female musicians to discuss and share experiences and stories to educate and highlight the issues that are usually accepted as natural. Throughout history and today, women, young and old want equality, freedom to creative expression and real social change. This inter-generational conversation must continue and we must organise together and understand our rights to freedom from oppression.
“Respect for each other’s musical opinions and outlooks, not just music, everything. Just respect and communication. We have got an open and honest relationship with each other. Like a second family. I think one of the main things is that we allow everyone to give a lot of input. I think that is one of the main reasons that we got together and why we stayed together.” – Decode magazine, interview by Tara Molloy c. 2001 – ‘Rebel Moozic’
Where are we now?
I am a married lady and mother of two, running my own stretch tent hire company. I have continued my love of music, playing accordion in the band The Glitzybaghags; tea-chest in Chasing Whiskey; and drums in Bristol band Shoun Shoun. I am also currently studying to become a Music Therapist at Bristol UWE.
I continue to write songs and have a passion for singing, performing and writing music, including my project with the Wildtracks, signed to the independent label motto motto. I work in my sound studio in Hackney, London, working on art, music and film projects. I also teach as an associate lecturer in London. I am a dedicated advocate of the arts and its value in education and society. I am passionate about women’s rights, social justice and equality.
I am currently a specialist mentor at a university, supporting students with a range of needs around neurodiversity, disability, and mental health. I am a mother of one. I love creating, including music, and apply creative thinking throughout my life and work. I have a keen interest in positive psychology and the science of nature, particularly how nature can help our wellbeing.
I have evolved my experience of being a songwriter and performer into an academic journey. I am a performance scientist and Principal of a Brighton music college. I also programme-manage an MA in Music Entrepreneurship.