I feel like a lot of times [in music] you’ll often be the only woman in a room. Even in my songwriting program, there were barely any women and it would make me afraid to step out and [advocate for myself]. I’ve worked with like producers when I was younger who totally screwed me over because I didn’t ask the right questions. I wish that I understood that it was okay to be a bigger advocate for myself because as I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that if you don’t, people will fuck with your business. Because at the end of the day, it is a business, and I love the creative side, but it’s also important to protect yourself and protect your art.– Xondra
“Sounding Out with Izzy” is a podcast where I engage in exciting conversations with dynamic female and queer musicians, music fans, and industry professionals about their personal backgrounds and how they’re fighting for positive change in the music industry. For episode 4.6, I am joined by Long Island-based indie pop singer-songwriter Xondra to discuss their latest project ‘Tedious & Brief,’ a concept EP and horror-musical short film that plunges into the underworld of surviving abuse and learning to shout your truth in a room full of hushed voices.