Despite the likes of Taylor Swift and Adele reigning atop the music charts with devout legions of fans on their backs, the music business is a male-dominated world. We need to look no further than Kesha‘s recent personal and legal troubles to illustrate a problem that has been deeply embedded into the business since its inception.
O.A.R. were in the Adorama Live Theatre for an ‘Up Close & Personal’ interview and performance when midday host Christine Richie pointed out a significant detail lacking from the band’s Evolution of a Song trailer: the female perspective. Not once is a female voice heard during the entire process while men, from manager Bruce Flohr to Academy Award-winning actor (but never a songwriter) Robert Redford, are given the stage to speak.
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Marc Roberge, the band’s lead singer and head songwriter, perked up and quickly addressed the obvious exclusion.
“This is a daily conversation with us. We always feel as if we are lacking in that, we need that perspective,” says Roberge. “That’s why we have such wonderful wives in our lives that are always giving us advice, always leading us the right way where we are programmed to go the wrong way.”
Roberge notes the absence from the trailer, but is present while the band continues to progress and include more diversity into their work, saying, “That perspective is there but it wasn’t there on camera and you are absolutely right and we are actually actively looking to just work with so many amazing female artists, writers, and producers, and we know that we absolutely could benefit greatly.”
Evolution of a Song exposes a band looking to continue their creative success and thrive with twenty years of a career in their rearview. That also means continuing to look forward in a business that so easily marginalizes minority voices and offering a platform for artists who have long deserved a seat at the table, something O.A.R. appears to be passionate about.
Watch the band’s full interview with Fresh 102.7’s Christine Richie above.