Katie (Pigeons and Planes)
My name is Katie and I'm one of the staff writers for Pigeons and Planes. I've been writing with this amazing squad for over two and a half years. Also, v big fan of anything having to do with North West's facial expressions.
What changes have you seen in the music industry in regards to women?
The past few years have been huge for women musicians. We have artists like Lorde, Grimes, Haim, Beyonce and Nicki Minaj (among many, many others) that are ushering in a new wave of music. Their sounds are unique, their viewpoints are original and informed, and their visions are groundbreaking. These women are changing mainstream and indie music – from pop to hip-hop and everything in between – forcing their male counterparts take notice. And I think that’s what’s been most impressive. Previously, women were so confined to a few genres in music (namely R&B, Pop, and Country) but in the past 5-10 years, they’ve permeated boundaries. There isn’t a genre where a female musician hasn’t not only ventured, but influenced. Seriously. Name me any genre and I’ll give you some female artist that’s out there setting that genre on fire.
Is there anything you would still like to change?
But despite everything I said in the last question, the truth is, women as artists still have so far to go. They’re still not viewed in the same way as male artists, despite the quality of their work. For every platinum album Taylor Swift makes, she’s still going to be subjected to questions about her dating life, criticisms about her appearance, and judgments for her behaviors. For every number one song Nicki Minaj releases, she’s still going to be referred to as a “female rapper” instead of just a “rapper.” Her skills will still be deemed as good…for a girl. I hope that in ten years female musicians won’t have to prove themselves so often and so fiercely. Because I need Beyonce to have another baby and she can’t keep doing that if she has to keep teaching y’all.