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“When you are married to someone famous, people know you, but they are not really seeing you.” – Patti Scialfa

This is a story about women involved with successful musicians.
From the outside looking in, we can only imagine how difficult it might be to hold on to any sense of your own identity, while walking beside some of the most relevant artists of our time.
We examine who these women are in their own right – why they are remarkable and what they would tell other women who dream to walk in their shoes.
Tackling the realities of these relationships and how they make it work together – while doing their own thing.
Today IS the time of the woman – we want to celebrate autonomy, freedom and self determination as seen through the eyes of these ‘women strong.’

Strong is beautiful.

Featuring:
Ben & Lyndee Rothbard
Blue Dixon
Dee & Suzette Snider
Griffin & Jane House
John Butler & Mama Kin
Michael Des Barres
Pamela Des Barres
Shakey Graves
Director: Kim Laureen
Production: Megan Nicole

Cinematographer & Sound: Adam Peariso & Wes Chew
Edited by: Wes Chew

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Dido Talks Music, White Flag & Independence

How did music come to you?

I spent a lot of my childhood in my own head, making up stories. I didn’t have a lot of outside influences, so I was able to make my own decisions about what I wanted to do. My dad’s Irish music was very much a part of me.
I feel very warm towards Mum and Dad for giving us the independence they did. My childhood, and the fact we didn’t have a TV, gave me a boundless imagination. Looking back, I think that’s why I did music. I’d get home from school and the house would be so quiet.

‘I’m in love and I always will be.’ Tell us about White Flag…

That was about my ex fiance a long while back – we broke up and it was a classic heart break song. I really meant it at the time.
With anyone that you love you always have a love for them, it doesn’t just simply die. But in this case it was probably more true back then than it is now for me.
It’s a great song and I still enjoy performing it. I like watching the audience respond and feeling you can put everything into it.

Breakups have a way of building you up or tearing you down – it’s nice to see you so happy now.

The older you get, the more you realize you’re drifting toward a direction, and sometimes your significant other drifts into an opposite direction. You can’t blame anybody for it. I like being a strong, independent woman, and to be honest, I was never afraid to be on my own. It’s great to go on your own and discover new things just for yourself, to meet new people and all that. If you’re all on your own, then there is nobody there to guide you and you have to make all the decisions for yourself. It’s quite liberating in a way.

Life For Rent Is – it’s an interesting thought…

I’m too much of a control freak and I learned with ‘Life For Rent’ that my life isn’t really my own. I only rented it for a while, but if I don’t manage to buy it, to own it, then nothing of what I think is mine is really mine.

It seems too often that people assume that when you begin to succeed that you are rich – but it is not true – right?

Well we know that time and hard work bring us to a better place if we stay with it and are loyal but there was a time in fact, I’d just wanted to own something. Everyone thought of me as glamorous, rich and famous but all I had was some recording equipment and a battered old BMW.

Any advice for us women supporting women?

30 – 40 – 50 there is no age for women anymore. Time gives us something that others have yet to find. Be proud of yourself exactly as you are. Don’t be afraid to be on your own. Sometimes I feel it’s great to just disappear, grab a suitcase, switch the answering machine on and just go somewhere else.

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David Ramirez- On Tour Now

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Photography by: Ruben Marin

Written by: Britt Nicole 

David Ramirez is a man in love. In love with music, the world and the very art of both: their intimate power to change people and affect change, in a multitude of ways. You can feel that he writes from experience, from his heart and explorations with the world and with himself—not just what he imagines it to be.

Since his late teens, he’s written his way through life, and you can hear it in his music, song-to-song, album-to-album. It’s completely organic and relatable—his voice changes and molds with his character, the visions he’s seen and stories he tells, just like growing up.

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A born-Texan now based in Austin, he and his new band take you through childhood, death and everything in between. He shares moments he’s felt free, and moments he’s felt confined, visions of his more conservative childhood and visions of an open world. All with beautiful country/folk/rock, Tom Petty-esque tunes and a melodic Johnny Cash-like voice, wise beyond its years.

The music is nothing short of healing, invigorating, like the best music is.

“After the show, I would hope that [my fans] feel something. When you go see a great movie, you’re a different person walking out of that film then you were going into it. I want to do great work, and that applies to the shows as well. I want it to be a good time, but I do hope that people walk out of here differently then they came. That’s always the goal.”

And with the crowd as it was—it was clear that everyone felt more than just a good time. Clusters of fans sang along, cheered exuberantly at the start of a melodic love ballad, even slow-danced. Maybe they, too, had lived a free life, traveling in their car for 6-months, like David, or maybe they had experienced another similar feeling, through a completely different experience. Regardless, his music is relatable.

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Though the event was at a popular bar and music venue, it was clear that a majority of the fans came specifically for David and his headline tour, maybe even back from his last San Diego show in May.

With a musician who believes in growth, life and reflection—and with a new band he’s excited to tour with—we can only expect much greater things.

David Ramirez On Tour Now

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Documentary Update

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Pre-production on the Documentary film is in progress.

Currently, we are gathering subjects for the trailer pitch and official filming is set to begin in October. We have up coming trips to Calgary, Winnipeg, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Nashville, Washington DC, New York, Perth, Australia, and the UK.

Keep up to date for behind the scenes photography as you follow our journey in the making of: The Women Behind the Men of Rock n Roll.

Right now? We are on a road trip to breathe in the summer air. “Headed out west with our headphones on and a song in the back of our soul.”

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