Host: Ross Crean (@RossCrean), composer & vocalist

How has your identity/self-labeling affected your work as an artist? I’m interested in seeing in what ways musochat-ers have created or performed work based on how you identify. Has identity been your greatest tool in your creativity? Has it been a hindrance due to insecurities in identity? As a man in the LGBTQ community, as well as male-white privilege, it has been an ongoing struggle of what advantages and prejudices push my work.

Questions

  1. What’s your name, where are you based, and what is your role in music
    (composer, performer, etc.)?
  2. What aspects of your identity, musical or personal, have been most important to you?
  3. Has music in general contributed in any way to your identity and sense of self expression? If so, how? 3.1 Are there any specific pieces of music that you feel have been significant in how you came to define yourself?
  4. Do you think certain parts of your identity have in any way affected your musical tastes or your creative approach to music?
  5. Do you feel your approach to music changed as your sense of self-awareness developed or vice versa?
  6. Has an insecurity about an identity ever caused issues in your creative process, whether it be with yourself or with another? 6.1 We naturally have multiple identities. As musicians, have any of those identities created tension with each other?
  7. How heavily does your identity contribute to what subjects you approach or what projects you choose to perform?
  8. Can you think of any instance where your identity or intersecting identities have enhanced a project?

And now for the discussion:

Q1: What’s your name, where are you based, and what is your role in music (composer, performer, etc.)?


https://twitter.com/Bianca_EnEstilo/status/721866794550562817


Q2: What aspects of your identity, musical or personal, have been most important to you?


https://twitter.com/surrendertofun/status/722522737609195520


Q3: Has music in general contributed in any way to your identity and sense of self expression? If so, how?


Q3.1: Are there any specific pieces of music that you feel have been significant in how you came to define yourself?


Q4: Do you think certain parts of your identity have in any way affected your musical tastes or your creative approach to music?


Q5: Do you feel your approach to music changed as your sense of self-awareness developed or vice versa?


https://twitter.com/sallywhitwell/status/722538532552597504


Q6: Has an insecurity about an identity ever caused issues in your creative process, whether it be with yourself or with another?


Q6.1: We naturally have multiple identities. As musicians, have any of those identities created tension with each other?


Q7: How heavily does your identity contribute to what subjects you approach or what projects you choose to perform?


Q8: Can you think of any instance where your identity or intersecting identities have enhanced a project?


Miscellaneous/Praise for @RossCrean: