Michelle Barry is helping female musicians, engineers and producers get loud

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NAME

Michelle Barry

WHAT DO YOU DO?

Music Producer/Sound Engineer

FAVOURITE BAND?

Difficult, I always come back to Bowie

FAVOURITE SONG?

Even harder, but another one that I come back to is "If You Want Me To Stay" Sly and the Family Stone

FAVOURITE FEMALE ARTIST AND WHY?

Bjork, she is really unique as an artist and not takes control of her career.

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IS THIS WHAT YOU'VE ALWAYS DREAMED OF?

In a way.  I have thought what would teenage me of "grown-up" Michelle and we are pretty happy.

FORKS IN THE ROAD, HOW DO YOU MANAGE THEM?

I usually weigh things up and then go with my first instinct :)

DESCRIBE YOUR WORK ETHIC.

I have to work on things until I'm happy and sometimes that can feel like a battle but I know if I don't put the work in I'll only regret it later.  So, keep working through methodically and at some stage it all comes together.

 

HOW CAN WOMEN BEST SUPPORT ONE ANOTHER?

Acknowledge each other, share stories, help find each other work and give each other time.  It's a really great time at the moment. There feels like progress is being made. I have started a project called Noisy Girls for musicians and technicians.  Have a look and listen noisygirls.net

WHAT WOMEN DO YOU LOOK UP TO?

Laurie Anderson, Marian Wright Edelman, Rebecca Walker, Mary Beard

Michelle Barry is teaching The Art of Audio Engineering on May 12 in Sydney as part of MusicNSW's and FBi radio's Women in Electronic Music Masterclasses details here. Find out more about Michelle here and Noisy Girls here, including Facebook.