We continue our series meeting the women behind SWIM and our members.
Today we meet Karlyn King. A lecturer and Team Leader for SWIM’s education working group
WHAT IS YOUR ROLE WITHIN MUSIC AND THE INDUSTRY?
I am a Popular Music academic, lecturer and PhD researcher.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WORKING IN MUSIC?
I started playing guitar and singing when I was 14 and have toured the UK with a few Scottish indie pop bands. I then did a Masters in Music and started lecturing around 3 years ago all over the UK as a freelancer. I am also half way through a PhD in Music.
WHAT OR WHO INFLUENCED YOU TO WORK IN MUSIC?
I was inspired by the liberal attitudes of grunge and punk bands, particularly riot grrrl bands, when I was at school. I was also inspired by my dad's love of rock music and was given a wealth of music biography books as my early education. These stories of women like Janis Joplin were fascinating in terms of her life journey and her artistry.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO ANYONE LOOKING TO WORK IN MUSIC?
It is all about your network. I still utilise my network from my Masters to this day. Talk to people, reach out to them, show that you are pro active and make strong connections.
PLEASE NAME ONE THING YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE CHANGE OR IMPROVE IN MUSIC FOR WOMEN
In my academic work, I still see an imbalance in music performance, production and songwriting. Historically, trailblazing women have been obscured in all of these fields. These women need to be celebrated, studied and considered role models for addressing this imbalance.