Music bloggers tell us about their labours of love
Who are you and what's your blog called?
Ruth Barnes. I run The Other Woman.
Where are you based?
Describe your blog in a sentence
The Other Woman exists as a radio show on Amazing Radio, the blog reflects current playlists and also the two tips I play for Tom Robinson as his "Girl Music Guru" on his BBC 6 Music show every week.
How long have your blog been going?
My first post was about Nina Nastasia in January 2010.
What music do you write about?
I write about female artists, female-fronted bands, women DJs and producers. I try and be as cross-genre as possible.
Why should people visit your blog?
The Other Woman is a celebration of female musicians. In an era where live music, radio playlists and TV appearances are dominated by men, or a certain kind of female artist, I give air time to musicians operating outside of the mainstream and outside of the industry's restricted and conservative view of women songwriters and musicmakers.
TOW is about making women in music more visible and hopes to encourage young girls to pick up those guitars, plug in those synths, tap that mic, and be heard. The blog and radio show is grassroots at heart, providing a platform for DIY musicians and advice for those starting out.
Finally, TOW is a reaction to the mainstream music press, which tends to revere and celebrate the same dead/dying/finished male musicians on their covers every month. Get over it.
What's your top song right now?
TOW longtime favourites Nedry, a dark electro trio from London. This is Violaceae from their new album In a Dim Light due on 12 March via Montreme Records.
What's your favourite music blog aside from your own?
I'm a big fan of the Quietus. Not just a great place to read about new music and must-see gigs, but plenty of thought-provoking, intelligent comment and journalism.