Nightwish singer Floor Jansen spoke in an interview with HeavyNetal.dk and revealed the difficulties of singing as a woman.
She said that “It was a bit weird that there all of a sudden were girls on stage and the only thing that the men could really do was scream, ‘Boobs!'”. Here’s the full of statement:
“I’m happy that there are more voices coming out for women that have been in those situations and never even dared to speak about it. That’s horrible — everything about that is horrible. I agree that it’s a macho world, metal, but it’s also a very, very social world, where people are loving music in respect for one another, female or male.
Twenty years ago, that was a tiny bit different. It was a bit weird that there all of a sudden were girls on stage and the only thing that the men could really do was scream, ‘Boobs!,’ because what else are you supposed to [do]?
But I think we’ve all come to a bit of a better balance and a bit more of a respect for each other, so despite the macho thing, most women in this scene are the tougher kind of girls, but there are also a lot of very lovely ladies that are not going to be macho’ed over, and there are a lot of men that aren’t the standard kind of ‘monkey man.‘”
She also talked about the being band’s lone female member and said:
“I don’t know what it would be like if it was any different. It’s usual. I joined a metal band with only guys when I was 17. That’s 20 years ago, and it’s never been any different for me. It works, and you have to find your way.
Emphasizing the difference in sexes doesn’t really help in that sense. There are differences, and they’re obvious. For the rest, I’m their sister and they’re my brothers.“
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