STITCHED UP HEART Singer Says Some Bands Are Opposed To Touring With Groups That Feature Female Members

STITCHED UP HEART Singer Says Some Bands Are Opposed To Touring With Groups That Feature Female Members

In a new interview with The Women's International Music Network, STITCHED UP HEART singer Alecia "Mixi" Demner was asked if she has noticed attitudes toward women shifting in a traditionally male-centered and male-dominated business of rock and roll. She responded (hear audio below): "My actual observation has changed over time, because I feel like… I guess I didn't have enough experience to realize that it was still kind of an issue.

"I don't know what it's like to be a guy, but I have noticed the difference in how much harder you have to prove yourself and to be taken seriously, just as a woman in a more so male-dominated industry.

"I don't know what it is and why we just have to try harder even... I feel like guys sometimes have it a little bit easier where people are just accepting. They're, like, 'Oh, it's a guy in a band.' And then they see a girl and they're, like, 'All right. Let's see if she's even worth listening to.'

"It's weird, because, for me, I get excited when I see a female in a band — I'm just stoked on it, and it makes me excited," she continued. "Maybe that's 'cause I'm a girl; I don't know. But I have noticed a lot lately that almost some bands won't take out bands that have girls in it just because there's girl in it. And I don't know if it's 'bro code' stuff or what it is, but I definitely see [it being] a little more difficult and a little more judgmental being female in the industry… It's like that different mindset on it.

"Hopefully it changes. I don't know. I guess being vocal about it and sharing about it hopefully at least will bring some awareness to the fact that it is still a situation. And I think it's not even just women. I think in anything in life, there's still stigmas on different religions and color and male and female and gay and straight and age — everything. People are just so ready to judge other people when they need to clean their side of the street and take a look at where they're coming from."

STITCHED UP HEART's latest album, "Darkness", was released on March 13 via Another Century. The LP was produced by FROM FIRST TO LAST singer/guitarist Matt Good (producer of ASKING ALEXANDRIA and HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD).

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