SXSW is less than a month away and She Shreds will be heading back to Austin to participate in the action! Right now, we’re pleased to announce our SXSW industry panel and day show information including one at Hotel Vegas and three at Studium—a great artist compound we’re excited to call home during SXSW! Over the next few weeks we will be revealing more news and features surrounding our SXSW travels, but for now, feast your eyes on the scoop below:
She Shreds’ SXSW Panel:
Representations of Women in Music Media
Date: Wednesday, March 16
Time: 5:00PM – 6:00PM
Place: Austin Convention Center (531 E 4th St.) Room 15
Add to your schedule: http://schedule.sxsw.com/2016/events/event_PP51516
Whether it’s a thousand think pieces on Beyonce’s “Formation” video, the fallout over Kesha’s claims and legal battles against Dr. Luke and (#FreeKesha), or coverage of the recent sexual assault allegations against Life or Death PR founder Heathcliff Berru, the conversations surrounding the ways women in music are portrayed in the media need to be analyzed and challenged and necessary. It’s a movement we are all currently a part of nurturing.
Join us for a panel discussion exploring how women musicians and industry members are represented in today’s media climate. Over the last decade, women musicians have come to more prominence in the media than ever before, but despite the growing recognition of their artistry and talent, there are still many obstacles that must be overcome on the road to true equal representation. Our panelists will discuss the ways that women musicians have been represented in media past and present, and the steps that must be taken to ignite future progress.
Moderator: Fabi Reyna
Founder & Editor in Chief / She Shreds
Fabi Reyna is the Founder of She Shreds Magazine and organizer for Shred Fest. She began playing guitar at the age of 9 and has been an integral part of her music community ever since. Past music gigs include U.S and European tours as a guitar and bass player with numerous bands as well as booking shows during SXSW and even more fun basement shows. Current and past bands include The Ghost Ease, Newman/Schonberg/Reyna Group, Reynosa, Sexhair, and Chain & the Gang.
Musician / Creative Insights & Advocacy Team
Kiran Gandhi works on the creator insights and advocacy team at Spotify. Prior to her time at Spotify, she served as Interscope Record’s first-ever digital data analyst, understanding patterns in Spotify, YouTube and Twitter so as to improve artist digital marketing strategies. She is a professional drummer and has toured internationally with artists M.I.A. and Thievery Corporation. Kiran holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Georgetown University.
Artist Relations / The Windish Agency
Michele has been an artist manager for two decades, having guided the careers of Bad Religion, Sonic Youth, Beck, Tenacious D, Ryan Adams and Charlotte Gainsbourg, as well as provided support for Foo Fighters, Beastie Boys, Rage Against The Machine, Queens of the Stone Age, Norah Jones, Jimmy Eat World and Band of Horses. Michele has produced wide-ranging and large-scale projects from Tenacious D’s now-annual music and comedy festival (Festival Supreme) to Beck’s collaboration with Lincoln Motor for the car company’s “Hello Again” campaign. “Hello Again” featured 160+ musicians performing live in the round, with Beck at the center of it all, and was captured by visionary director Chris Milk.
Guitarist / Speedy Ortiz
Sadie Dupuis began playing music at as a child through choirs and piano playing. She joined a professional choir in middle school and toured internationally with it through high school. She learned to play the guitar at the age of 13.
Staff Writer & Editor / Mic.com
Tom Barnes is a staff writer and editor of Mic.com’s music section. His writing generally focuses on identity issues, political activism and how the two manifest in music. He began learning the drums at 13 and currently plays in several independent Brooklyn-based bands, including Slush and Joe McCarthy and the Faders.