Women in music are inspiring with their creativity, power and ability to make amazing music. Whether it be Janis Joplin with her raspy vocals, Kate Miller- Heidke’s ability to move audiences with her haunting vocals or Madonna’s brave stereotype smashing, women in music are amazing.
So today we are celebrating amazing women in music on International Women’s Day by asking amazing women in music who inspire them.
After her success last year with multiple singles ‘Run For It’ and ‘Dots’ as well as featuring on Set Mo’s hit ‘I Belong Here’, Woodes is set to make 2018 her year , so we asked Woodes about the women who inspire her.
Five females that inspire me
Ive been a huge fan of Grimes for ages. There’s one video interview in particular where she talks about being her own CEO of Grimes. Her bio has always listed her as an array of different roles for her ‘music’ project –this includes creative direction, production, studio engineering, artwork etc. It’s a multifaceted project which she over looks every part. That video interview was a light bulb moment for me. Seeing someone do it made it possible.
I definitely think seeing other women producing their own music and taking such a strong hold over their vision was really important to me. When I started producing I could only think of a handful of prominent female artists in those roles.
My favourite tracks are Realiti (demo) and Know the Way
I found Imogen through The OC, which was a teen drama when I was in early high school that had a phenomental indie soundtrack, put together by Alexandra Patsavas.
I read up on Imogen creating ‘Hide and Seek’ and was again so thrilled to find that she had produced it herself. It was created out of a voice recorder in a small apartment when she was going through a rough time. I downloaded that track and listened to it on repeat. I think it will always be one of my very favourite songs.
Imogen has a very loyal fan base and treats them to video blogs and new songs often. These videos are often from her home studio (which has hundreds of instruments in it!) For her latest release the track listing was a combination of a range of projects and collaborations she had worked on over a couple years. The giant box set included mp3s, Wavs, instrumentals, samples and demos. It is so obvious to me how much she cares about process and audio quality.
My favourite tracks are Say Goodnight & Go and Hide & Seek.
One of my more recent favourites. A young artist from Norway that inspires me to be fearless and be stoked with being myself. Her live show really inspired me to rethink how I structured my own ensemble. One of the things I love about Aurora is her ability to be vulnerable to always see silver lining/magic in things.
My favourite tracks are Runaway + Through the Eyes of a Child.
Bjork kind of transcends any usual ‘art creator’ category.
Her eye for detail, her collaborators and the language she uses to describe her music creation. Her links with technology, her poise and maturity. Her fairy like charm.
When I saw her exhibit in Sydney at Carriageworks recently the wording put her as Executive producer up the top of the credits sign and I took a photo of it. She is a hero of mine.
My favourite tracks are Joga, Lionsong & Oceania.
SYLVAN ESSO (Amelia from Sylvan Esso)
Recently we got to support these guys when they came to Australia and it was a big dream.
I’ve been really inspired by the way they combine folky elements with electronic production. They were one of the first acts that made me want to create sample libraries and turn some of my slower, folkier numbers into tunes with beats or synth lines. At times the arrangements are so minimal but everything has it’s space. It’s really awesome.
My favourites are Slack Jaw, Hey Mami and their latest PARAD(w/m)E.