Producer for record label Microcultures, radio presenter & curator
Who are you?
I'm Louise, I'm 24 and working for a French webzine for young adult women. I've just launched a webradio for them. Also I volunteer as a curator for a newsletter called MailTape who sends music discover playlist every Sunday. I also worked for a French label as a producer and CM named Microcultures.
What are your thoughts on the overall media representation of women in music?
I feel like women in music are more and more exposed thanks to women in the industry doing some amazing work and saying that it's not okay that women are less represented.
I remember one time, someone unsuscribed from the MailTape saying it wasn’t "diverse enough" and I thought, "Who I am listening day to day?" Well, the answer was mostly men, because the media exposes us to loads of men in the industry (as in any other industry, I think). This meant I needed to do the job and go look for more women in the industry. It made me feel like I was one link in the chain that could help starring women in music. Even if MailTape isn't Pitchfork and we don't have the same audience, I tend to choose women to feature in my tapes, because I think it's my part to play in this whole world. It's not "positive discrimination", it's just thinking about all the girls that I discover in music nowadays and saying "I want you, because you are freaking amazing". I have to say, and this is not to be a boot-licker, HumanHuman has helped me a lot discovering new amazing women artists, so I'm really grateful for that.
I also think that women, in every industry and job, have this impostor syndrome. We tend to feel less secure, even if we have experiences, even if we "want to", it's always fighting our impostor syndrome to push through. Being anyone exposed in the music industry is hard. But as a woman, if you come up as just a bit feminist, you can be SURE that people will detract what you're saying, what you're doing. Feminist is still a gross word for loads of people and it's definition tends to be blurry for many.
When Ariana Grande, who has a huuuge fan base tells on Twitter her story of being objectfied by a guy speaking to her boyfriend Mac Miller, part of it (her fan base) applause and the other is yelling that she objectifies herself in her video clip. Well, let her do whatever she wants in her job. Being sexy, sexual even, is her choice and because she's sexy in a video clip doesn't mean that she is an object and that you shouldn't treat her as a person who deserves respect. Telling people that feminism is, as Emma Watson says, about equality, giving women a choice doing what they feel like doing, this is a work of education that you have to do every day, because no one goes at the same learning pace.