About Angry Grrrl Music of the Indie rock pErsuasion
Angry Grrrl Music of the Indie Rock Persuasion started with a need to find a voice that was like my own. It came from years of pouring through playlists and film references to find someone, anyone, who looked and thought like me. The closest I had found as a kid was Kat Stratford, an unapologetic feminist who liked “Thai food, feminist prose, and angry girl music of the indie rock persuasion.”
There was Paramore. Hole. Garbage. Bikini Kill. Here I was, a Mexican American teenager with a lot of angst, looking for voices that understood my experience of being a woman, a feminist, a person of color in a room that didn’t look like me.
I realized how important diverse voices when I started going to local DIY shows that had an emphasis on community and inclusivity. I saw women, LGBTQIA+, and people of color playing a variety of instruments and roles, from the front person to the drummer to the tour manager. Sometimes it was entire tour packages finally lead by people who looked like me and knew my experiences. I was hooked on finding more, so I combed through playlists, compilations, and mixes to find who I had long hoped existed. I finally felt seen. But I knew that countless other people needed to be seen, too.
So many people in music claim there aren’t any women in music, much less other underserved voices. Or that they were less important somehow. I was shelved as a writer, photographer, blogger, and overall creative. I wanted to prove them wrong. So I bought a USB microphone and downloaded Garage Band. Angry Grrrl Music of the Indie Rock Persuasion was born.
Angry Grrrl Music of the Indie Rock Persuasion is about giving the mic back to the people who have something to say. It’s giving them their autonomy and ability to share their own story with no press filters or locked mainstream narrative. It’s a space to be as vulnerable or as silly as the artist wants - because at the end of the day, this is the story of the artist, the creative, the supporter that shapes the way we consume music.
If this sounds like a community you’re looking for, you can catch up on episodes, which are available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play Music, Podbean, and dozens of other podcast hosting platforms. The conversation is ongoing here, on the pod, and it’s on social media, too.
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