Carla Hadland

I own and run the Cosmic Traveller blog and online clothing store.
I also write on a freelance basis for various blogs.

DISSERTATION: Why Are There So Few Female Producers and Studio Engineers?

This dissertation achieved a 'First' and was subsequently published in Bath Spa University's academic journal, 'PopThink'. ___________________________________________________________________________ “I am a producer. I find it insulting when guys constantly ask to produce for me. I think I do my job fine, thanks” (Grimes, 2012). Grimes, a female producer who recently had success in popular chart music, made this statement on social network Twitter after a message from an individual enquiring about producing for her. Grimes is a young female artist who has released self-produced music and played her music around the world. The ignorance shown towards her skill in the technical side of music is arguably indicative of the modern society we live in where female producers, and other studio-based roles, are so uncommon that people can simply not believe or acknowledge that a female may be accomplished at what is perceived to be a ‘male’ job.

Abstract for Dissertation: "Why Are There So Few Female Producers and Studio Engineers?"

This dissertation achieved a 'First' and was subsequently published in Bath Spa University's academic journal, 'PopThink'. ___________________________________________________________________________ Gender inequality in more economically developed countries (MEDC’s) negatively impacts on women’s exposure to the same opportunities as men with it still being unclear as to whether females will ever gain an equal balance in traditionally ‘masculine’ job roles, and furthermore, society. This inequality is overwhelmingly present within the growing numbers of underground and mainstream music producers: around 95%, to be exact, are males. I wanted to discover the reason for this huge gender divide. It appears that there are reasons behind females not pursuing a music production career. Although these restrictions are present in more vocations than just music technology, I chose to focus on this primarily to help solve the mystery of the small amounts of female producers. I chose to study three possible factors I believed were major contenders for affecting a female’s desire, opportunity and exposure to the music production pathway, of which I refined as: biology, culture, and media representation. I discovered that these three factors I thought affected female’s career choices were correct. Through culture females are conditioned to believe that being attractive is the epitome of being a successful female, as supported by media representation of females and their successes. With regards to biology the ‘left-right’ brain theory adds some weight to the idea of the sexes being better suited to certain types of jobs. However, all three of these factors were closely linked and worked in conjunction with one another. [read more]

STREET ART: Conor Harrington

Conor Harrington is an Irish artist currently residing in London. You’ll find his piece, ‘The Duel of Bristol’ for the 2012 See No Evil festival in Bristol on the side of St. Lawrence House, just off of Nelson Street. Whilst technically brilliant, the piece is also thematically interesting; a hybrid of modern and classical painting techniques with both a historical and a modern-day flair.