The Weekender caught up with Orianthi for a Q&A, asking the Australian artist about how she’s able to mesh her pop music with guitar licks. “When I was younger, I used to have Stevie Ray Vaughan and Santana and Eric Clapton records and posters on my wall next to Backstreet Boys, Ricky Martin, Savage Garden,” the 25-year-old explained. “So I’d be listening to Top 40 and Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray. For me, it was kinda just a record I wanted to make because I wanted to inspire more kids to pick up guitars, especially girls. By putting guitar solos in really commercial songs, they hear it, they see the film clip, they thing ‘Oh, that looks like fun, I want to do it, too.’ It’s not easy being a female guitar player because you have to play twice as hard to get respect.”
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