Women in the music industry interview 

Kitty was recently interviewed by Cross Skull media

1. Who got you into playing guitar? 

Hearing Joan Jett and thinking, damn, I want to form a band. I was a big fan of Nirvana (most of their discography being the first songs I learnt to play) and then discovering the riot grrrl movement just spurred me on even more. I had just always wanted to make music and guitar just seemed like the perfect tool for songwriting. 

2. ‎What is it like being a female in the rock and metal music industry? 

There is a lot of casual sexism. I know my male bandmates have never received patronizing explanations about their own gear, or received comments like “you shouldn’t play guitar, because it hides too much of that beautiful body” (yep, that is a real quote). We joke about it in-band a lot because it is just so preposterous. Luckily, I would say that the vast majority people are nothing like this. Ultimately, making music and performing is what I love to do- my sex doesn’t factor into that. As a band, we all put on a flamboyant show, with silly outfits and loud music, dong or no dong. 

3. ‎Do you think people have a more accepting attitude towards female guitarists in recent times? 

Absolutely. There are plenty of people rooting for more female musicians. 

4. What's 3 struggles of being a guitarist? 

  • 1) Dropping a guitar pick and it disappearing forever into the abyss. 
  • 2) Having to cut your nails constantly. 
  • 3) Lugging around my hard case, which is almost the same size and weight as me. 

5. How long did it take you to learn how to play guitar? 

I taught myself when I was about 14 and I would say it probably took a couple of years to reach a comfortable level of skill for songwriting. Guitar playing just takes a bit of perseverance through the really tedious early stages, but it’s totally worth it. 


2017: 50 (well...90) Book Challenge 

Overshot my 50 book challenge this year and hit 90, but discovered some absolute crackers and enjoyed the re-reads. 

Bronte, Charlotte- Jayne Eyre 
Conrad, Joseph- Heart of Darkness 
Dauxerre, Victoire- Size Zero 
Dick, Philip K- Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? 
Dini, Paul- Batman: Harley Quinn Collection 
Du Maurier, Daphne- Rebecca 
Fowler, Karen Joy- We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves 
Hesse, Herman- Siddhartha 
Highsmith, Patricia- The Talented Mr Ripley 
Hill, Joe- Heart Shaped Box 
Hill, Joe- Horns 
Hill, Joe- Locke and Key (1-6) 
Hill, Joe- Strange Weather 
Huxley, Aldous- Heaven and Hell 
Huxley, Aldous- The Doors of Perception 
King, Stephen- 11.22.63 
King, Stephen- Bag of Bones 
King, Stephen- Dolores Claiborne 
King, Stephen- Finders Keepers 
King, Stephen- Joyland 
King, Stephen- Mr Mercedes 
King, Stephen- The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon 
King, Stephen and King, Owen- Sleeping Beauties 
Kirkman, Robert and Bonansinga, Jay- The Road to Woodbury 
Kirkman, Robert- The Walking Dead, volumes (18-23) 
Levy, Deborah- Hot Milk 
Lowry, Lois- Gathering Blue 
Lowry, Lois- The Giver 
Matar, Hisham- The Return 
Manson, Mark- The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck 
McCarthy, Cormac- The Road 
McGonigal, Jane- SuperBetter 
Millar, Mark- Old Man Logan 
Miller, Frank- Batman: Year One 
Moore, Michael -Stupid White Men 
Murakami, Haruki- Hear the Wind Sing 
Murakami, Haruki- The Elephant Vanishes 
Murakami, Haruki- The Strange Library 
Murakami, Haruki- The Wind Up Bird Chronicle 
Nakamura, Fuminori- Evil and the Mask 
Nakamura, Fuminori- The Thief 
Perry, Grayson- The Descent of Man 
Pratchett, Terry- Equal Rites 
Pratchett, Terry- Mort 
Pratchett, Terry- Shaking Hands With Death 
Pratchett, Terry- Sourcery 
Pratchett, Terry- The Colour of Magic 
Pratchett, Terry- The Light Fantastic 
Rowling, J.K- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 
Rowling, J.K- Harry Potter (1-7) 
Rowling, J.K- Quidditch Through the Ages 
Saille, Alexi- Thatcher Stole My Trousers 
Snicket, Lemony- A Series of Unfortunate Events (1-13) 
Tóibín, Colm- The Testament of Mary 
Wasserberg, Eleanor- Foxlowe 
Webb, Robert- How Not to be a Boy 
Wright, Eddie- Tyranny of the Muse (1 to 4)