Former Smashing Pumpkins bassist mentors at Girl’s Rock Camp
By David Sands
May 8, 2015
Janis Joplin. Diana Ross. Joan Jett. Björk.
Rock and roll has had some awe-inspiring women take center stage over the years, but overall it’s been a pretty testosterone-fueled enterprise. Bassist Nicole Fiorentino, who’s played with Smashing Pumpkins and Veruca Salt, loves the intensity and spirit of the art form, but wants to bring more talented young female rockers into the mix.
To that end, she’s been putting in hours at the Rock n’ Roll Camp for Girls in Los Angeles with guitarist/songwriter Meg Toohey, her wife and bandmate in The Cold and Lovely. The program seeks to empower girls through music education. Its weeklong day camp gives girls between the ages of eight and 17 a chance to form a band, write their own songs and perform live at a local music venue.
Fiorentino still gets a little nervous speaking to the young women she mentors at the camp.
“It’s totally irrational, but it’s a real fear,” she confided to L.A. Weekly in a recent interview.
Toohey, who’s a board member with the program, has been amazed by the transformations she’s witnessed.
“You see these girls come in and they’re really shy, and by the end of the week they’re like fist-pumping, screaming these amazing lyrics in front of a crowd at the Troubadour,” she told the magazine.
The organization, which is part of a worldwide girl rock camp alliance, also offers a 3-day rock boot camp for women 18 and up. This summer it plans to launch a music video workshop.
The Cold and Lovely released their latest album, What Will I Become, in January.
FBPO interview with Nicole Fiorentino
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What Will I Become