- Renn Madeleine Bibeau -
1. Did you grow up on the island? (If no, when did you make the island your home?
I grew up in Calgary, AB, and moved here 6 years ago to complete my Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance at UVic.
2. What influenced you to start writing and creating music?
Life. And a desire to tell honest stories while fostering bonds with others.
3. What is your favorite part about performing?
My favourite part of performing is the connection between those I am performing with and the connection with the audience. Each performance is a moment in time that can never be recreated. A time capsule.
4. What goals do you have for the immediate and distant future?
I am looking forward to releasing a full length album with my main project Fox Glove, as well as recording and releasing my own solo record. I am also loving the collaborations I have been involved in with other artists.
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?
Being female in this (and really, every industry) puts you steps behind those who identify as male. I have found many times that I have been told to rely on physical attributes to sell music, rather than talent. That said, I am thankful for allies and the support of other female artists and professionals.
6. Do you remember the first gig/show you've played? Where/when?
I played piano as a three year old to a full auditorium in Calgary. The song was a traditional Bohemian song titled "Buzz Buzz Buzz," and I gave a grand bow at the end. My mother tells me that was the moment she knew I would be a lifetime performer.
7. What advice would you give to young girls wanting to start out a music career?
Work hard. Really, really hard. Don't make any compromises you can't live with. And find other like minded people and learn everything you can from them.
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?
I think this is a fabulous idea, and would support it fully. We have an incredible community of female artists, and any project that sheds light on the tireless work of this community would be greatly appreciated.