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Interview with the ladies of JOANovARC

Wednesday 19th October 2016

‘The music industry cannot dictate to us anymore, we dictate to them now’

We caught up with the girl rock band JOANovARC whilst they were shooting their new music video at Phoenix Studios here at The Harvey Centre.

Here the stars share their advice for aspiring musicians, their experiences of being an all-girl group and explains how they dictate to the music industry.

How did JOANovARC come about? How long have you all known each other? How did you meet?

We are all great friends and have been through everything together, heartache, death, illness, sweat, blood, great times, hang overs, celebrations, fights, bad management and tears! Our unit is unbreakable and it helps that 2 of us are sisters. We started playing music together since we hit teenage hood.

In fact we all have musical families and grew up with live music around us 24/7. Our families consist of actors, musicians, magicians and comedians!

We met our drummer Debbie in a dark ally in London in a very grotty studio, mentioning no names! We met Laura our rhythm guitarist in a very posh area of London and started jamming music together.

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The back end of this year has been all about your tour which has been your most memorable gig to date?

When we played to over 10,000 at the Harley Davidson festival in Morzine, France. It was the best crowd in the world, they loved rock music and really appreciated JOANOVARC. The buzz was better than any drug you could ever imagine.

What do you ladies like to do outside of music that contributes to your musicality?

We have many hobbies including Sky diving, Dancing, Martial arts, arts and sports. We are all very active and creative!

What new music do you like? Who are your musical icons/influences?

We are influenced by many artists, in fact most of them are dead, Bowie, Lemmy from Motörhead, Queen, Nirvana; Led Zeppelin and of course still alive the Foo Fighters, Joan Jett and AC/DC!

How has your music evolved since you first began playing music together?

We started this for pure enjoyment of playing Rock music and people really started to enjoy our shows and records.

Joanovarc has now become more of a full time job that we absolutely love and has grown from strength to strength with a great team of people promoting and supporting our music.

What has been your biggest challenge as a band?

We have to say ‘being female’ was an obstacle at first. We have had abuse at gigs in the past, sexist remarks, being groped, etc the list goes on but after a while we decided to turn things around and use our gender to our advantage!

Our music is very powerful and we generally blow people’s ears off these days! We are respected but we still need to prove a point most times we enter a new stage.

There has been an amazing breakthrough for women in the music industry since people follow acts via the internet and download.

The music industry cannot dictate to us anymore, we dictate to them now.

It must have been very tough in the era of ‘Girlschool’ and  ‘The Runaways’ with Joan Jet. They were in a world where women wouldn’t dare play rock music. We are very lucky and owe a lot to Motörhead for supporting women in rock! God bless Lemmy.

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Do you have any music guilty pleasures?

Wesley Willis…

What advice do you have for people who want to form their own bands?

Learn your instrument well, write hundreds of songs, demo them, take some vocal coaching, perform as much as possible. Jam nights are a good place to start, enjoy every gig like it’s your last…

If you then would love a career in music…

Keep it real, never change for someone else or a manager, go with your gut instinct, don’t wait for success, create your own and then people will come to you and follow your music.

Network and hook up with other bands and music industry. Stay focused on your goals, never give up. Never sign a music contract without a music lawyer! Make sure you have a team of good team people who are honestly looking out for you and grow a very thick skin and a fan base. Never turn your back on anyone, treat people how you want to be treated but most of all enjoy everything minute. Live Rock n roll!!!!

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What are the plans for the future?

We are currently promoting our debut Album ‘Ride of your life’ produced by Gil Norton Grammy award winning producer for the Foo Fighters! Recorded at the iconic Rockfield studios!

We are on touring all around Europe and the UK and will be performing at Hard Rock Hell and  Planet Rock Stock Festivals in November and December. Our album launch is at the Blackheart in Camden on the 9th November.  You can also hear us on Planet Rock Radio every day of the week with our new single ‘Dragon in the Sky’ along side the Rolling Stones on the playlist!


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