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DR’s documentary sheds light on sexism in the music industry

DR’s latest documentary, ‘Sexism in the Music Industry’, has shed light on a number of uncomfortable truths about the conditions for female musicians in 2024. Among the brave women who come forward and share their stories is singer and bassist Liva Susic. Susic was only 17 years old when she dreamed of a music career and responded to a post from the renowned entertainer Martin Brygmann in 2017. Despite her youth, she decided to take the chance, even though she felt she was in a skewed power position compared to the established Brygmann.

After initiating a working relationship with Brygmann, Susic repeatedly experienced a focus on her appearance when he commented on her Instagram stories. The messages spanned several years and created an uncomfortable atmosphere for her. Susic explains that although some may think her responses to the messages could be interpreted as an invitation, she did not want to risk ruining the working relationship with Brygmann. Her focus was on maintaining a professional atmosphere and avoiding sabotaging the possibility of future collaboration.

In 2020, Susic was asked by Brygmann to participate in a song for a new project. She saw this as a great opportunity for her music career. During the recording in a summer house studio, however, she was confronted with an uncomfortable situation when Brygmann commented on her appearance in a way that made her uncomfortable.

Susic’s story, like many others in the documentary, speaks to the challenges female musicians face in an industry that too often undervalues their musical talent and focuses on their appearance. By coming forward, Susic and the other women in the documentary have shown great courage and contributed to shedding light on the structural problems in the music industry.

With ‘Sexism in the Music Industry’, there is potential for the music industry to begin working towards a more just and equal future. By listening to and acting on the stories that have been shared, the industry can create an environment where talent and professionalism are prioritized over appearance and gender.

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