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Lyrically, you seem keen to tackle empowerment, like on Make My Own Money. Is that a fair comment?
“Empowerment is important to me. For me, music often plays that role. It’s feeding that need to feel empowered. The lyrics to that song are so simple – it just came right out. I’m pretty literal. Julie added the bit about having your own land. Well, she said ‘real estate’ but I changed it. We’d both love to buy a house, that’s a huge dream of ours.”
And how about Creeplife – was there a specific inspiration for that one?
“[Laughs] Yes, there was a particular inspiration for Creeplife. It was someone I was hanging out with when I was 17. We just like to call that type of person out. Especially in LA there’s a lot of that, these sleazy guys who prey on young women because young women are the only ones who are impressed by them. I wanted to call them out. Again, there’s a sense of empowerment to that song, too. It’s someone I feel I was kind of like, I guess. It’s a ‘f**k you’; it’s a middle finger.”
Do you think there is still a stigma out there for female guitarists to overcome, and how does this play against your ethos of empowerment?
“I’m sure there is a stigma. I feel very fortunate that we live right now with so many female guitar players. There are not as many shredding female lead guitar players as there should be in the public eye. I know there’s lots of female Led Zeppelin cover bands – which is awesome – and there are a lot of women out there, but as far as those making it into the public eye, there’s not a lot.
"But I’m happy to break through that glass ceiling. I feel like I’ve really been embraced by the music community. Everyone has been very kind and respectful to me. Very rarely do I ever feel patronised by other musicians. I think things are a lot better now then they used to be in the 90s.”