The secret of my success: Siouxsie Sioux
Sunday 23 May 1999
I appeared on The Bill Grundy Show with the Sex Pistols in early 1976, played my first concert that September and I'm still going 23 years later. I had just turned 19 when I first sang with the Banshees - we were all self-taught and played our first gig at the 100 Club. Hong Kong Garden was released in 1978, and the Banshees finally ended in 1996.
Twenty-three years is a long time, but it's obviously in my blood. I have always followed my heart rather than my head. It can be disheartening when you realise how corrupt the music industry is, but I always like a good battle. Setting up Sioux is a response to all that's corporate and conservative. I find it offensive that managing directors can sit in a board meeting and decide what number they want their single to go in at.
I have had some fateful breaks and been at the right place at the right time. I was in the public eye from early on and our first gig was our first rehearsal. It was meant as a one-off, but people's reactions were amazing. I quickly found that being your own boss was very addictive.
Setting up my own label has been a highlight. I'm fed up with people who want a safe, quiet life, and don't want to risk anything. You've got to stretch yourself; too many people don't. You can't be polite and meekly wait to be invited - sometimes you just have to gatecrash your way through life.
My mother was a huge role model: she went out to work and kept the whole family together. I get a lot of my directness and getting on with things from her. To enjoy what you're doing - and, you hope, be autonomous - is something to aspire to. It's important to follow what you want, because life is empty if you end up not having a soul or a spirit to enjoy it with.
I think people in the music industry comment on age and form with women too much; it's still a double standard. I accept it, but totally ignore it. I think that people who apply those rules show themselves up, but I'm stubborn. Resistance is futile!
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