Live Music is Back, Melbourne! Plus: Flipped Interviews are ON!

February 2, 2021

We all know it’s been a difficult year. It is still going on for much of the world, and I hope that communities around this globe are doing their best to help each other out. That’s one of the good things which have come out of this pandemic (for people in my community, anyway). There’s gotta be an upside, right?

We are pretty lucky here in Melbourne. Our government stepped in early and made the unpopular decision (for some) to go into hard lockdown, and we went through not one, but two lockdowns in a row and it was HARD. But now it seems a bit like a dream, as we can now walk down the street, see our friends and our colleagues, and even play and hear live music once more!

It is with this wonderful development that I can happily announce that Spirograph Studies are playing a gig at the Melbourne Recital Centre in about 2 weeks. This space is seriously once of the best places to hear and play music on the planet. And because Melbourne has been pulling together, the MRC have released more tickets now that restrictions are easing even further.

So if you want to come, click on the link below for tickets!

https://www.melbournerecital.com.au/events/2021/spirograph-studies/

Also, whilst in lockdown, I had this crazy idea for an interview series…. You see, I’ve been playing music professionally for around 20 years (give or take a few), and in that time I’ve been part of many interviews, panels and all sorts of things about music. HOWEVER, often when I think I’m just being interviewed about music, the interviewer often comments or directs the discussion towards the fairly obvious fact that I’m a bass player and a woman (gasp!).

Some questions and discussions have been really great, but more often than not, I’m being asked how to correct the gender imbalance in the industry. After 20 years of this, I’m really quite over the déjà vu and the lack of positive flow-on effect. And, on top of that, it is really quite difficult to create positive change from a minority position.

So, I thought it was about time someone asked the guys the same questions.

So that’s what I’ve done. Except I ONLY ask them questions that female artists have been asked in interviews.

It’s pretty fun.

The questions have been flipped. (See what I did there?)

My interviewees are comprised of friends and heroes (so far they are all Australians) and include some seriously amazing people and musicians. Fortunately they all have an excellent sense of humour too….

Here’s the link (or just get there using the menu) if you want to have a read:

http://tamaramurphy.com/flipped-interviews/


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