Genesis: “Forming a strong team early on is so important, so that you have proper support and don’t have to worry about having to rely on strangers, because sadly, many are predators and can smell weakness.”
Pri: “Being a member of my crew, The Anomolies, really solidified the importance of having a support base to see you through your goals… A lot of what I learned musically was through a network of individuals already in the field and willing to show me the ropes. The idea of The Female Producers Association was based on this fact. Connecting women with other creative women sharing the same goal breeds a culture of pride and productivity.”
4. Create a community
Claire: “Early on, we realized our fans were engaging with each other. We call our fans “the herd,” and the fans use #antlersup or come to our site and know they’re part of a community. We originally thought we’d go over well with men, but we’ve had a lot of women come up to us and say, “I didn’t know this was this accessible, and now I want to do this.””
5. Stay true to you
All four women emphasized focusing on yourself, and bringing your own unique gifts to the table instead of looking at what everyone else is doing. Pri the Honeydark raps about her struggles, each of which adds legitimacy and depth to her message.
Pri: “My life was not pretty. I have dealt with everything from homelessness to sexual assault. However, I embrace these situations as threads of my being and those threads are then sewn into my music.”
Genesis Be took herself from Mississippi to Manhattan, survived Hurricane Katrina and got a degree in music production from the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at NYU before gaining mainstream attention. How did she stay on point?
Genesis: “Don’t focus on what you are getting back — only what you are putting out. Whether its fame, money, praise, or popularity, these things should not be the main objective. Being true to how you feel and your ideals will reflect in your work, and you’ll eventually attract true fans and positive press.”
So there you have it: Retain your voice. Make your music. The world is waiting!
This post was authored by Khadijah M. Britton.