Ladi6 Talks Sexism In The Music Industry

Ladi6 recently sat down with Paperboy to chat about her latest EP ‘Royal Blue 3000’, where she discussed the need for more gender equality in New Zealand’s music industry.

While the neo-soul singer says she’s often felt relatively safe touring in the “Ladi6 bubble”, she said that many of her friends have been exposed to sexist attitudes in the industry or had heard derogatory remarks made about them.

She explained, “Even at the music awards, it’s not often they’ll say, ‘oh, we’ll get a female guitarist for the backing band’. There’s no thought about diversity. It’s just, ‘we’ll get Ned and we’ll get Jeremy and George and Ralph’. They get an all-boy backing band and then get some models to give out the awards. And why? What is this, a boxing match? At music awards, why do we need that?”

Ladi also discussed the recent surgery she had on her vocal chords, as well as the inspiration behind her ‘Royal Blue 3000’ EP; which she dedicated to her cousin Lily, who died suddenly from cancer at the age of 30.

The singer explained, “I honestly thought she was going to make it. With all my heart. So I didn’t realise she was going to pass away and it didn’t occur to me to talk to her about stuff that might be important. It was probably the most terrible time I’ve ever had, and it took me up until a few months ago to not be a horrible mess every time I think about it. But I felt lucky that I could make something that lives forever with her name on it.”

‘Royal Blue 3000’ was named after Lily’s breakdancing name ‘Ice Cold Lils 3000’. Ladi explained, “She was one of the baddest B-girls in New Zealand. Quite often dancers don’t get profiled full stop, let alone breakdancing girls, but she was the baddest by far and still going hard.”

Read the full interview here, and listen to ‘Guru’ from Ladi6’s latest EP below: