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PAUSE Her Q&A: International Women’s Day Edition

PAUSE Her Q&A: International Women’s Day Edition

“Empowered women empower women” 

To capture the true essence of International Women’s Day, one must be surrounded by barrier-breaking, inspirational women who aren’t afraid to repudiate societal norms. For PAUSE Her, that comes as second nature and though we may be amidst a challenging and changing climate, it’s almost as if this year’s International Women’s Day theme was preceded by a quiet utter stating: “Challenge us. Change us. Bring it on…”

2021 is dubbed #ChooseToChallenge. Heralded by “a challenged world is an alert world, and from challenge comes change”. The annual celebration invites those to come together once again, commemorating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women worldwide. 

Catching up with three females who live their life doing just that, Lavaud, LP and Yatabe, strive both musically and within their femininity. Our Special Edition IWD Q&A delves into the artists’ favourite aspects of being women and how their contributions to society play a role to generations thereafter. 

Read the exclusive interviews below. 

LAVAUD

Image credit: @IamLavaud

Hey Lavaud, PAUSE Her wishes you a Happy International Women’s day!

Thank you so much! Thank you for having me and Happy International Women’s Day to all Women globally!

What advice would you give to any young female that’s looking to be in the same position as you are today?

I would say always be yourself and stay true to who you are. Every day is a second chance to go for what you want, to start over, push further. It’s never too late to get what’s yours and you deserve everything you dream about.

What aspect of being a woman do you love the most?

It’s powerful being a woman. The strength we hold is something different. What we can handle in life is extraordinary. Nature around us is a feminine energy for a reason, we are life within life, we nurture and support one another. That’s powerful and I love it.

The campaign theme for International Women’s Day 2021 is #ChooseToChallenge. On their campaign website, it states: “We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women’s achievements…” As you find yourself within a growing, diversified industry, do you feel as if women’s achievements are celebrated enough?

In the music industry women are definitely celebrated and we’re increasingly getting more of what we deserve. I think the tides are changing in this generation and I’m here for it, I’d love to see more female CEOs, Music Producers, Label Owners and Creatives across the board. We’ve come a long way, but we still have a way to go, and I think that is only a testimony to the resilience of women. We live in a world where we all have a voice and I hope the work continues to keep empowering women, by both men and women. That’s why I love international women’s day, it’s a day to celebrate women and keep the conversations moving forward.

Praising yourself for being a woman can involve a number of things. From treating yourself materialistically, or regularly having self-care days. Taking part in different female-led movements or showing appreciation to your grind. This year, how do you plan on celebrating yourself and what you bring to society?

Honestly, that’s one thing I do need to work on. I need a self-care day, so I’ll start today haha! I am learning to be kinder to myself though which I think is so important because I can be my own worst critic as can most of us. But the celebration begins inside, just taking more time to appreciate my natural self, the more I see the beauty in me, the more I start to recognise and reflect it in others. Being a real woman is contagious.

Do you have any strong, inspirational woman you look up to in your life? If so, who?

My mother, the Queen of my life. Also, all the fearless women in my family. They just handle things so gracefully and have taught me so much. I have to say Beyonce lol, she is such a massive inspiration to me, everything about her from her talent, to her discipline, her grace and her passion for supporting the culture and never compromising her s***.

Let’s say you have full reign of choosing one more female powerhouse to collaborate with you on a single. Who is it going to be?

Steff Lon Don. I said it in an interview years ago. Would be great. She screams women empowerment, of course, the iconic Rihanna would be a dream but I’m just going to leave that here, God are you listening lol.

Finally, it’s exactly a year until the next International Women’s day. What do you wish to accomplish within that time?

I want to put out more music, more videos and give back to other women. I see a chance to live my dreams out loud and I have no intention of ever stopping! See you guys this next year.

LP

PAUSE Her wishes you a Happy International Women’s day! What advice would you give to any young female that’s looking to be in the same position as you are today?

I would say keep writing songs. Keep practising. I always say this to people, I don’t think there’s any substitute for doing it…it’s like that 10,000 hours thing. Vocally I feel like my voice got to where it got because I have done so many shows for so long. After every record that I did, even my early records or after every tour, my voice got stronger. Then the next record I would write harder songs to sing or higher. Even up to this record, some of the songs I put on this record are some of the most difficult songs to sing…so I’m always pushing myself. You’ve got to push yourself. Not in a way that you compare yourself to other people, it’s more about comparing yourself to yourself and pushing forward and doing the things that are hard for you.

What aspect of being a woman do you love the most?

I think the perspective of being a woman is a rich experience. Women, especially from an earlier age, can see more of the duality of life. We never really talk about it, I’ve heard women talk about this but when you’re a girl there’s this weird line in the sand, that you don’t feel like you’re different from boys in the beginning and then all of a sudden there’s this invisible wall that you hit. And its suddenly, boys on one side and girls on the other. I think this is changing more but is somewhat traumatic in the lives of women. It’s an interesting difference in the way you see the world once you realise that you are not going to the same places as a man goes. We kind of gloss over that a lot in describing our lives.

The campaign theme for International Women’s Day 2021 is #ChooseToChallenge. On their campaign website, it states: “We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women’s achievements…” As you find yourself within a growing, diversified industry, do you feel as if women’s achievements are celebrated enough?

I do…more and more I do but often you have to work harder for it. There’s discrimination that you can see and feel and touch and there are others that are just built into a system that forces you to deal with them. [So] you’re trying to do your best with what you can and sometimes at the end when you reach the goal and everyone is like ‘congrats, clap, clap, clap’, it’s hard to then go back and explain how difficult it was..

Praising yourself for being a woman can involve a number of things. From treating yourself materialistically, or regularly having self-care days. Taking part in different female-led movements or showing appreciation to your grind. This year, how do you plan on celebrating yourself and what you bring to society?

I’m just going to keep doing what I do. Do what got you here. Just continually doing my thing is celebration enough. I also like to try and help/mentor people when I can to bring that sort of thing into their lives.

Do you have any strong, inspirational woman you look up to in your life? If so, who?

Yeah of course. Ms Ginsburg. Michelle Obama. Malala – that young woman blows my mind.

Let’s say you have full reign of choosing one more female powerhouse to collaborate with you on a single. Who is it going to be?

I think Florence White. When I think of a woman that took a retro thing and made it modern and her own I think of Florence. She sounds nothing like Stevie Nicks…but she’s like Stevie Nicks 2.0. Her music is so incredible in my opinion. I just love it.

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Finally, it’s exactly a year until the next International Women’s day. What do you wish to accomplish within that time?

I think I’ve found my sweet spot. I want to keep writing songs, I want to keep becoming a better songwriter. My only plan was to try and make music for a living and become the most authentic version of myself. So that’s what I’m doing. I’m unambitiously ambitious. I love what I do, and I’m just trying to become a better person spiritually and a better songwriter/singer.

YATABE

Image credit: @Yatabeofficial

PAUSE Her wishes you a Happy International Women’s day! What advice would you give to any young female that’s looking to be in the same position as you are today?

The sort of advice I might give my younger self is always work that extra bit harder, stay that bit later and take that chance meeting. You never know where these opportunities might lead, I would also say to try not let other people’s negative influence or vibe have any effect over you. Eyes on the prize and know your worth.

What aspect of being a woman do you love the most?

I am so proud of everything women do in the face of adversity every single day, so I could probably write so much for this answer as I love so many aspects. I would say I enjoy working in an all-female team and proving that we can work super efficiently together in stereotypically male dominated situations. It’s no secret that this industry is dominated by men, every festival and club bill, to playlists on DSP’s – but something I love is being able to inspire young powerful female DJ’s to get behind the decks and say fuck you to whoever has told them no.

The campaign theme for International Women’s Day 2021 is #ChooseToChallenge. On their campaign website, it states: “We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women’s achievements…” As you find yourself within a growing, diversified industry, do you feel as if women’s achievements are celebrated enough?

Days like today, do show us that society has come a long way in terms of celebrating women’s achievements, but it’s not enough. As mentioned in the last answer, you look at the lineup of Glastonbury to Coachella to Reading and every lineup is male dominated. There certainly isn’t a lack of great female talent who aren’t ready for these slots because I’m discovering them every day. They have no one fighting for them and taking a shot on booking them and that’s where we end up with these heavily male dominated festival bills. I think there’s a long way to go but the right steps are being made, in particular wanted to shout out a great organisation fighting for women’s rights in the music industry called She Said

Praising yourself for being a woman can involve a number of things. From treating yourself materialistically, or regularly having self-care days. Taking part in different female-led movements or showing appreciation to your grind. This year, how do you plan on celebrating yourself and what you bring to society?

I think as well as all of the scary boring words like Lockdown, Quarantine and Pandemic that have been engrained into our minds for the last year, two words that have been more important than ever have been ‘SELF CARE’. I have been taking care of myself with home spa treatments which are more materialistic I suppose….and I have been super proud of how disciplined I have been with working from home on sets or productions of new live stuff and the biggest reward for me will be playing it in some sort of live setting and even inspiring just one person in that room, will mean a huge amount to me.

Do you have any strong, inspirational woman you look up to in your life? If so, who?

This is an easy one for me. It has always been my mum. She’s always told me to reach for the stars and to grab everything with open arms and to be kind and respectful to others. Musically, I would say Kanya King the founder of the MOBO awards. This lady is out of this world in what she’s achieved in the music industry. I would love to meet her one day.

Let’s say you have full reign of choosing one more female powerhouse to collaborate with you on a single. Who is it going to be?

Without a doubt it would have to be Lady Gaga. Vocally alone she is the strongest powerhouse vocal that I think would complement some of my new tracks so well. Vocals aside, she is an absolute inspiration to all women and in my opinion, a unsung hero of feminism. She’s always there to lift up the women in the room, and there are so many quotes I love from her.

Finally, it’s exactly a year until the next International Women’s day. What do you wish to accomplish within that time?

In the next year I firstly would like to maintain the discipline I have managed to get into the past year, which relates to physical health, mental health and my career. But also anyone who works in music who says they aren’t looking forward to being at a festival, sipping on a tequila with their best friends, are lying. I also cannot wait to finally bring my live set to the world and hopefully this time next year, I’ll have some headline dates booked in a few cities across the world. I should have released some sort of body of work by then also.

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