Christchurch born singer-songwriter Julia Deans hopes her latest national tour will change female participation in the music industry.
Deans will play at the Leigh Sawmill Café on August 4, one of nine shows inspired by the release of her We Light Fire album.
In each tour location she is selecting a local female musician or band as her support act, to try and involve more women in the commercial music scene.
“If I want to do something, I usually do, but I think a lot of other women are not so driven in that way and don’t make it into the industry because of that,” Julia says.
“Often I’m the only female on a 20-person tour crew, so I’m hoping my support acts on this tour will be inspired to push themselves into the music scene.”
We Light Fire is Julia’s second solo album, after she released her first in 2010.
“I’ve been working on this new album for a number of years, writing songs in between other musical ventures I’ve been a part of.
“The music is about sharing ideas and inspiring people, and I’m really happy that people who have listened to it, have felt that.”
Prior to going solo, Deans was part of bands Banshee Reel and Fur Patrol, and has played at the Sawmill on several occasions.
“It’s one of my favourite venues because I really like the location and I’m a fan of the intimacy you get with a smaller venue.”
Deans will be backed by a four person band and will play a mixture of tracks from her two solo albums.
The show starts at 7.30pm.
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