- lo waight - Lo Waight and the rattlesnakes -
1. Did you grow up on the island? (If no, when did you make the island your home?
I was lucky enough to be born and grow up on the island
2. What influenced you to start writing and creating music?
My uncle owns the Turntable record shop in Fantan Alley. When I was around 4 or 5 I had tapes of Aerosmith, AC/DC, Black Sabbath and Heart. I was always plugged in. I would sing all the lyrics having no idea what they meant, I think that is what sparked my love of music. It grew more after joining an R&B band in middle school. I didn't start really writing until I was about 13, I had been playing guitar for a year and I had little interest in learning other people’s songs, I just wanted to create my own.
3. What is your favorite part about performing?
I feel like a kid in a candy store! I love it all. The nerves I feel before going on stage - this quiet place in my head where nothing else really matters. Followed by the moment on stage when it has my full attention and passion (I find its one of the only places where I am truly present in "the now") and the after euphoric feeling where I am basically floating. This is my favourite feeling in the world.
4. What goals do you have for the immediate and distant future?
My personal goal in the future is to establish more of a name for myself with the band and as a solo artist across North America. Immediate goals would have to be land more festivals/gigs in Victoria or on the Mainland and continue to develop more by getting grants and making records. I am honestly so lucky to have the guys in my band. They are so talented and I feel that we have worked really hard to create something very special. I would love for us to make something of this and start to go places.
5. Have you ever found being a female artist can be challenging? Have there been times that you weren't taken seriously because of your gender?
There have been some scenarios where I have overheard gender bias comments and felt that i wasn't taken seriously because of the fact I am female but I try not to let it get under my skin. I have found for every offhand comment, I have twice as much support from people in my life of all genders. I think it is very important for us in this industry to have everyone lift one another up and support each other.
6. Do you remember the first gig/show you've played? Where/when?
My first original show I ever played was actually at Metchosin days haha, I think I was 14 or 15.
7. What advice would you give to young girls wanting to start out a
Work hard, Don't give up and don't let someone else's negativity influence your creativity. Do what you do for the passion and joy of it, not for the pressure or the idea of it.
8. As a photographer involved in the music scene, I love the idea of shining light on the other female artists in the Victoria music scene. What are your thoughts about the idea of this project?
Well, I have been on board with this project from the beginning. It is something I am very passionate about. We have so many talented artists on Vancouver island, many of them female! Let's celebrate the talented Women on our island and show them all love.