After AltPress posted a short article (here) yesterday showing the lack of female musicians and over dominating all-male acts on a selection of upcoming festivals, Hands Like Houses frontman Trenton Woodley has posted a blog of his own addressing his opinion on the matter. Some experts can be read below:
“Music isn’t just something you pick up suddenly (unless you’re an incredibly gifted freak – in which case I am equal parts jealous and in admiration of you). Most successful musicians at the top of their games were born at least in the mid 90s or earlier. The 90s into early 00s were the golden age of marketing to children – we were culturally conditioned by TV and advertising that was incredibly defined by gender. I remember watching cartoons of a saturday morning where every ad was either boys shooting water pistols, driving remote control cars or playing with exaggerated action figures, or ads for dolls, craft sets or any other ‘girl’s’ toy – all sickeningly drenched in pink. During our formative years, that made such an impact on the way we identify ourselves.
Fast forward 10 years or so and suddenly we’re all talking about feminism’s role in society, closing the gender gap and even broadening our concept of ‘gender’ so that gender is moving towards irrelevance in every day life. But we’re all still growing up and while it’s fantastic that there are so many gifted, hard working, talented women being recognized and celebrated in music, it’s going to take time for that to filter down to young people picking up instruments, getting good enough at them to gain some attention, then play this wild and unpredictable game of building up a ‘successful’ career and finding your way onto such massive festival bills.”
You can read the full blog post here.