Lindy Day is a female lead guitarist out of California. When she’s not working on her album, she plays gigs as the guitarist of Killer Queens an all female Queen Tribute band. Lindy also does a lot of guest appearances with other classic rock bands.
Her main goal when performing is for people to leave the show in a better place than when they walked in. That’s where her energy comes from when she plays, the audience. Between all her playing she maintains her social media, with over thousands of fans on Instagram. Lindy is working on releasing her first album by 2017 which will feature her guitar skills and for the very first time — her voice.
“I’ve always viewed my guitar as if it’s my voice, so learning how to sing is oddly comforting. It’s like I’ve learned this instrument before”.
Female lead guitarists are a rare find, but Lindy wants people to walk away remembering the soulfulness. She says playing is “like having a conversation,” and is her favorite way to connect with people. Wanting people to feel the experience, not just hear it. Music is a full body experience.
“There is no better, only different.”
LEAD GUITAR IS A TYPICALLY A MALE DOMINATED AREA, WHAT IS IT LIKE TO BE A FEMALE PLAYING LEAD?
I think a lot of people expect the answer to this question to be something like, ‘Being a female guitarist has a lot of challenges,’ but the truth of the matter is that 85% of the time, I forget I’m a female guitarist! Sometimes it’s hard to get into an open mic or a jam session because I’m a girl, but once musicians hear me play, they’re very open to changing their minds. I haven’t been in a situation yet where my playing has been hindered because I’m a woman. In fact, I feel like I’ve gotten more attention because I’m a female lead guitarist. I know that sexism and stereotypes will hinder me one day and I’m ready for those incidents, but up until now I’ve had a very pleasant experience playing guitar.
YOU’RE CURRENTLY WORKING ON AN ALBUM, HOW DO YOU WANT YOUR MUSIC TO IMPACT PEOPLE?
Interesting question! My goals are a little more focused on personal growth. The music itself is meant to do two things; to share a certain emotion with the listener, and to bring back the guitar solo! Music is meant to be a healthy outlet, so I’ve got plenty of emotional songs that are bringing healthy messages to people. I litter every song with powerful guitar solos. I love classic rock and there aren’t guitar solos on the radio anymore. I want to approach the guitar solo in a different way. Mainstream music today is focused on vocalists. Songs are written around singers, while classic rock was very focused on guitar. Because trends in music have become more vocal-centric, I’m approaching my guitar as if it were a vocalist. I’d love for younger people, specifically girls, to listen to this music and be inspired to pick up lead guitar skills. I wrote the guitar lines in a very intentional way, so it might appeal to the younger crowd who haven’t spent much time around lead guitar.
WHO INSPIRES YOU?
Beginner guitarists! It’s tough to be a beginner at something, especially to post it online where you’re open to mean and critical comments. I make an effort to do the opposite; to encourage beginners. Weirdly enough, the guitar community on Instagram is insanely giving and supportive and kind. It’s inspiring me to see beginners find themselves in playing guitar. That makes me feel like I’m impacting someone else’s life in a positive way, and there is no greater feeling than that.
To check out her work with the world’s first all-female Queen tribute band, Killer Queens, go to TheKillerQueensRock.com.