As I travel I am shuffling and challenging my thoughts. I am considering more what I want to do when I return to the UK… and more specifically, Manchester.
Many of my ideas have directed me towards the importance of community and artist development, in each case, around music.
At SXSW there was a lot of talk around the lack of artist development from labels combined with a lack of time for artists and bands to be able to explore their sound and style before being written-off (literally in the accounts).
At the same time, as a *bedroom musician*, though I have time to work on my own sound, there is a lack of feedback until I get to a point where I’m ready to record or perform my music. At that point the stakes are higher because being in a studio costs money and being on stage in front of people is a big deal if you’re like me.
So… I believe that community is key.
I want to create a space where women making music and sounds have the chance to meet up, work on music, give and receive feedback on tracks and eventually play together and support each other.
This is currently named The Daphnies, inspired by Daphne Oram.
If you are making music in Manchester or beyond and would like to get in touch or be involved somehow I’d love it if you’d send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’ve made an Instagram account so please have a look for any updates.