The rock’n’roll world still looks like a dick fest and that’s what Lindsi Dendauw, a loud and proud feminist, is trying to change. She created the collective called Girls Go Boom with a couple of friends where they fight the sexism that’s rampant in the industry. They have a clear mission statement: girls putting girls on stage.
Creating a space where female performers feel inspired and don’t have to apologise for what they stand for in a typically male music scene. Girls Go Boom focuses mostly on promoting noise, garage and punk bands, but everyone’s welcome. Dendauw is all about the ‘fuck you’ attitude and pissing off men on the internet. She has a lot of things coming up, like a month-long residency with the Girls Go Boom at Plek, and she recently started her own band called Kuthumeur. Together with her like-minded Scooby gang, Dendauw is here to change the typical cliché of the all-male rock parties where only guys are allowed in the mosh pit. Girls to the front!
Not giving a fuck opens up your calendar a lot
What is your specialty?
Promoting girl bands and pissing off men on the internet.
How do people know you?
Probably from Girls go BOOM. At the Delhaize they know me as the girl who buys sick amounts of comfort food.
What are you working on?
We built a Girls go BOOM Club House, in which we organised concerts and workshops during an entire month at Plek. We’re already planning next year’s edition and we’re cooking up something special for this summer as well.
Do you have a concert soon?
On 19 May we’re having The Franklys at Kinky Star. We’re really happy to have this kick-ass band over from London.
What will the second part of 2018 bring you?
Hopefully finding a balance between working hard on our projects and finding some time in between all that where I can kick back and enjoy everything we’ve already accomplished as well. Working in the music scene while taking care of your mental health is a challenge that I wish more people would talk about.
And I also started this band named Kuthumeur. We’ve got a bunch of shows coming up this year and it’s fucking exciting, especially given that a year ago none of us really played an instrument.
Are you part of a crew?
Girls go BOOM is my scooby gang.
Do you think it is important to have a good social entourage?
Absolutely. Finding like-minded people was the moment my life got way more interesting. Coincidentally, that was also pretty much around the time I moved my ass to Ghent.
How did peers influence your life?
Because of Girls go BOOM I met women that are so fucking talented and – this will sound like an Oscar acceptance speech – it’s an honour to contribute to what they’re doing by encouraging that talent, creating a space where these people can meet and then go off and realise cool projects together. As women, we don’t always get the support we should to develop our talents and interests. And it’s a shame really, ’cause the world is missing out on some beautiful shit.
If so, what is the most important thing you’ve learned from it?
Finding your squad can empower you so much.
Who has most influenced you in life?
The person that’s been with me the longest is definitely my roommate, Anke. We’ve been friends for over ten years now. She’s a humanitarian aid worker helping refugees and my respect for her is HUGE. She inspires me to always look for the good in people, take the bad shit with a good sense of humour and just keep on fighting. I also love that she lets me drag her down to concerts of bands she doesn’t know.
Do you feel the need to conform to those around you?
Conformity is never a good thing. Inspiration is.
Do you regret any time you’ve given in to peer pressure?
I definitely gave in too much when I was younger. Too much time spent trying to be normal and fitting in, when I should have spent the time trying to find what interested me and made me stand out.
If so, what is the most important thing you’ve learned?
Stopping giving a fuck opens up your calendar a lot.
Is there anyone in your scene who needs more attention?
Girls go BOOM is getting a lot of attention lately and I’m grateful for that, but at the same time there’s all these people who’ve been working hard to make the scene a more inclusive space for years. For decades, really. Pick up a book on the history of punk and learn about all these amazing women who were at the origin of the movement. After that google shesaid.so, Loud Women, Say no thanks and Pullet Rocks right now. You’re welcome.