Interview: Produced by A Girl!
Hello Produced by a Girl! Thank you for speaking with me today!
Hi! Happy too! Thank you! What have you been working on lately? I just released a compilation album called Femme Frequency! Femme Frequency was inspired by 5 female artists and producers coming together and exploring the topic of darkness to light to process through what had been happening in the world during 2020 and 2021 when the pandemic was in full force. The female artists:Tess Posner, Lil MC, Sadie Belica of The Waking Point, and Meghan Pulles along with Produced by a Girl (aka Mary Knoblock Founder & CEO of Produced by a Girl), decided on the name Femme Frequeny as it reflects the power of female creators and their unique frequency they bring to music, soundwriting and production. Produced by a Girl sponsored the compilation album alongside The Stachehaus, & KMG, and is honored to be surrounded by incredibly talented females in the music industry. Their talent shines on the album and brings renewal and light to a world that needs healing and equality, and strength. How long has music been your career? For about 5 years now, I've been producing, releasing albums, as well as running Produced by a Girl and learning the Music Executive role in the industry as well for the Produced by a Girl Platform. It's been a wild journey so far! But music has been a part of my life since I was a child. And I studied it on and off throughout my younger years. I feel blessed to be in a team that supports women. I've learned so much in the past 5 years, it feels more like 10 years tbh. You wear a lot of different hats in your career! How do you keep balanced and what do you do to recharge? So many hats! Well, to keep balanced I prioritize three areas in Produced by a Girl each year. This year the priority was the compilation album series which was a blast and so fun to do, the second was supporting the artists and producers in the Produced by a Girl community, and thirdly was working on my own music and future albums. Last year was all about our podcast. So yes, it's a ton to manage lol! To recharge, I do a lot of holistic health things like meditation, working out, getting out in nature, anything to step away from the studio for a bit to get fresh inspiration and clarity on projects. I also love listening to the ocean and rivers, different sounds in nature, as it can help recharge my producer/composer brain too. You advocate for women in the music industry! What would you like to see in the next, let's say, 5 years in relation to that? Yes, thank you for asking about this! It's a massive area that needs all our support. Produced by a Girl is all about elevating women in the music industry, whether it's on digital platforms, or the podcast or our compilation album series, as well as A&R development, there's so many spaces I try to be an advocate for women! In 5 years, I'd like to see more partnerships with other executives in the music industry. Right now I've been able to be part of a wave of all female brands that elevate women that really gained a lot of traction the past two years in the industry. I see all of us out there building alone as founders and some with teams. I'd love and it would be an absolute dream of mine to be an extension of the bigger female networks that support women. Strength in numbers right? Another absolute dream would be to support women in the music industry in healthcare services like mental health advocacy, victim support advocacy and be a resource for artists at labels as a health professional who may not have those services available. What are ways you would suggest for people to get involved in creating this change and progress? Well I try to lead by example and outside the music industry, I work as a holistic health practitioner and am actually working on bringing that area of healthcare into the music industry. So for example when I do A&R development calls with indie artists, I help them work through their music journey holistically and have helped a handful of artists have breakthroughs in their career as a result. I encourage all music executives to not only look at the performer side of the artists' career, but to ask them what they need to feel safe and supported in their label or community. I also encourage big labels to consider bringing in a mental health advocate for artists quarterly to talk to to check in on their artists' music journey from a health perspective. Places where we can support and encourage artists to be healthy will have a compound effect on how they grow and progress as music industry professionals. We can all start to make change and go really far by being intentional in supporting women, and creating an equitable space for music industry professionals in the communities we're currently all in. What would you say is the most rewarding part of what you do? Seeing artists and producers and dj's fly and take off in their career, witnessing their breakthroughs, and getting phone calls and text messages that they're really crushing it in the music industry. When I wake up and feel like I'm not making enough of a difference or have issues to work through in the brand, the one artist who reaches out to thank me or encourages is enough to keep going. When I look back and see a legacy in PBG that has reached all corners of the world, I know something was right, we did something right as a community. We made it this far, and I have decades yet to go with it. So I suppose knowing I have the future to get better at running the platform is rewarding too. I'm not perfect by any means, but knowing I can be an advocate for women in a male dominated industry is a high calling that has a lot of assumptions and expectations with it, and I inevitably will not be able to do everything perfectly; so I see rewards in the small steps in progress we make together as women in the industry in PBG and try to stay focused on that as the main reward. Great questions btw! Love this! What can we expect from you in the upcoming months? Any fun projects we should be on the lookout for? I'll be releasing an album this winter and also getting ready for our next compilation album so stay tuned for calls for artists and producers! Please let everyone know where they can keep up with your music! IG, FB, TikTok, Clubhouse, Twitter: @producedbyagirl Website: https://www.producedbyagirl.com Spotify: Produced by a Girl Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you for your time! My pleasure! Honored! Such a great interview, have a beautiful day! - Produced by a Girl