Artist info

Genre

Indie, Pop, Rock, Roots


Sounds like

Joni Mitchell, Margaret Glaspy, Haley Heynderickx , Angie McMahon, Maple Gilder


band members

Ruby Gill


Influences

the man from Once


Website

www.rubygill.me

Bio

Ruby Gill's ‘you should do this for a living’ is a song about what it takes to navigate male power, pressure and coercion in the music industry. The song was written, recorded and produced in Melbourne/Naarm and features a choir of prominent female-identifying voices, Angie McMahon, Maple Glider, Mimi Gilbert, Hannah Cameron and Hannah Blackburn.

Ruby explains that ‘you should do this for a living’ is about “balancing the freedom of song with the reality of your gender speaking louder than your voice. It’s about learning to take up space in music, and on the strength and grit expected of women and non-binary musicians, while they’re quietly taken advantage of.”

“This song is for anyone who’s had a man change their guitar tone without their permission, had their worries ignored because worries aren’t sexy, or had their body convinced to do things that hurt, all in the name of getting ahead,” says Ruby.

“It is a singular story based solely on my own perspective, as all art is. But in it are some bigger things that I hope other people will feel seen by. We write the songs we wish we had heard when we were little."

No men were involved in the making of the song - from photos to engineering, mastering and production to music and management. “That might sound glib, but for many of us, this was the first and only time we’ve been in a studio session without any men. That’s astounding to me. The energy and peace in the room and now in the song was even more astounding. I hear it in the song.”

Review

you should do this for a li...

Ruby Gill

Review by Claire Mooney Claire Mooney

07 Sep 2021

Triple J
50

A striking song, Ruby. This one's got the power to make listeners stop in their tracks. It's truly a flawless piece of songwriting from this week's feature artist.

A striking song, Ruby. This one's got the power to make listeners stop in their tracks. It's truly a flawless piece of songwriting from this week's feature artist.

Review

you should do this for a li...

Ruby Gill

Review by Al Newstead Al Newstead

24 Aug 2021

Triple J
50

'I can't afford therapy with the money they pay us to sing songs'.

That's a Lyric of the Year contender right there. And just one of several quietly devastating moments Ruby (and that all-star choir) nails with empowering grace. I'm not sure I can handle the heat, but damn, I'm sticking around the kitchen for another serve from Ruby, 'cos this deserves...

'I can't afford therapy with the money they pay us to sing songs'.

That's a Lyric of the Year contender right there. And just one of several quietly devastating moments Ruby (and that all-star choir) nails with empowering grace. I'm not sure I can handle the heat, but damn, I'm sticking around the kitchen for another serve from Ruby, 'cos this deserves to be spoken of in the same breath as instant classics like Julia Jacklin ‘Body’, Stella Donnelly ‘Boys Will Be Boys’, Phoebe Bridgers ‘Motion Sickness’.

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Review

you should do this for a li...

Ruby Gill

Review by Abby Butler Abby Butler

23 Aug 2021

Triple J
50

on behalf of all the women and non-binary folks who will hear this and feel validated and stronger and listened to and understood, thank you.

on behalf of all the women and non-binary folks who will hear this and feel validated and stronger and listened to and understood, thank you.