For today's Her Sound, Her Story episode, singer, producer and DJ, Simona Castricum, speaks of owning her identity, the ongoing hostility she's faced and finding a sense of freedom within her music.
"Depression and fear and anxiety is such a big part of trying to come out, in a world that still doesn't want us [and] that still doesn't understand us. And it's our job to convince them", Castricum says, adding that "Music is just one way we can do that."
Castricum goes on to further explain the ways in which the music industry continues to misunderstand trans artists, both with the limited scope of their pre-defined marketing plans, as well as representation within mainstream contexts and the industry's patriarchal traditions.
Previously: View all of the Her Sound, Her Story episodes (so far)