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Tori Amos: The music industry is a toxic environment for women | People

Tori Amos thinks the music industry can be a “toxic environment” for women.

The 58-year-old thinks female artists are often pitted against each other and sometimes fall victim to the ‘system’.

She said: “When you’re on your first, second, third record, and you’re not established enough yet, you can be pitted against each other.

“People say, ‘You don’t have to compete with each other. But that’s not how the system is built, you have to look at the toxic systemic environment that it is.

“If you only have a limited number of women at a festival and you only have a limited number of women on alternative radio or country radio, then the industry itself has put in place a place where there is not enough for everyone.

“They set up scarcity; they set up this ‘survival of the fittest’ mentality, which is so destructive.”

Speaking about gender inequality in the music industry, Tori added, “We have to find ways around it, but it’s damn hard when you’re in an industry that doesn’t have gender equality. chance.”

Tori sympathizes with people like Billie Eilish, Lorde and Lizzo, who tried to change their musical style or aesthetic after achieving mainstream success.

The ‘Spark’ hitmaker thinks it takes courage for artists to make such bold decisions about their own careers.

She told The Independent: “I understand what these women are going through.

“It takes a lot of courage for them to stand up for their art and stand up for their choices. Because at the end of the day, you have to wake up with yourself. And people are going to blow hot and cold, because once you reach some level of success, there are people who just want to tear you down. That’s what some people do.