January 30, 2023

Hayley Williams of Paramore mentioned that more often than not she doesn’t “dare” play guitar stay as a result of she is aware of it would result in a deluge of sexist feedback.

The dialog got here with Moist Leg’s Rhian Teasdale and Hester Chambers on Spotify’s Face to Face podcast. “I believe for us one of many hardest or most irritating issues about being ladies might be simply silly, silly feedback on the web,” Teasdale mentioned. “Like, ‘Oh she’s holding that guitar however she’s not really enjoying it.’ When, for instance, I’m simply not utilizing my guitar however then I have to play it within the refrain or one thing, there’ll all the time be a remark like, ‘Ladies shouldn’t play guitar, ladies shouldn’t play guitar,’ and it’s simply — it’s so dated nevertheless it’s nonetheless there! And I simply hate it a lot and it’s so irritating.”

“I do know these folks so properly, and I don’t even play guitar onstage,” Williams replied. “I don’t even dare, as a result of I like to play guitar however I don’t know if I may deal with — man. I really feel you so laborious.”

“I simply hate that folks even have to level it out,” she continued. “I don’t actually take into consideration my gender in any respect, after we play music particularly. It’s simply not a part of the image. I’m attempting to lean into femininity and empower that a part of myself extra on this period of my profession, however do you ever get on stage and really feel ‘different’? You’re feeling like this alien factor that’s highly effective and exquisite?”

“Sure — oh,” Chambers mentioned. “Earlier than you mentioned ‘highly effective and exquisite,’ I used to be like, ‘I do really feel like an alien.”

Williams additionally remembered that “once I made the second solo file, simply sort of on my own, and I had a good friend engineer it for me, I performed all that stuff and I felt so free to do it ’trigger nobody was watching. I used to be simply at residence and felt actually inventive and was like, ‘Oh, fuck, I’m sort of nailing it proper now.’ But when there had been anybody else within the room — possibly my bandmates would’ve been high quality — but when there had been anybody else within the room I might have thought an excessive amount of about it and I wouldn’t have been capable of write these components and definitely not execute them, due to that factor you’re saying. As quickly as you’re conscious that somebody is perceiving you, and somebody’s gonna in all probability say some shit simply because they love to listen to their very own voice, it sort of scares me again into myself.”

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