Blaire Alise & The Bombshells are a young, upcoming rock and roll rock band from Detroit, Michigan and are our latest Sonicbids feature artist winner. When we first checked out Blaire and her band we were really impressed by their musicality and energy and were therefore delighted when Blaire agreed to complete an interview with Song Revelation. Read on to find out Blaire’s musical background, what music she is enjoying listening to at the moment and what the musical scene is like in Detroit.
Q. If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are what would it be?
My music can be described as 1950’s/60’s rock and roll with garage rock roots and some punk thrown in the delivery.
Q. What is your musical background?
I started playing classical piano at 4 years old and still play today. I picked up a guitar at about 11 years old and it changed my life. At 12 years old, I began touring across the country with the School of Rock All Stars as a keyboardist and vocalist. I released my first EP with an all-girl punk band. Last summer, I attended Berklee College of Music and was selected for their Singer/Songwriter Showcase and won a full scholarship to go back this summer, which I’m really excited about. I would like to continue my study of music in college at Berklee.
Q. How have the last 12 months been for you?
My life is pretty busy between school and music. We (Blaire Alise & The Bombshells) just released our first vinyl EP that is also on iTunes and we have been playing a lot of shows locally. As I said, I also play classical piano and I am always trying to write new songs for the band so that is pretty much my life!
Q. Who inspires you musically?
I like a combination of old and new artists. I love Lesley Gore, The Monkees, Jerry Lee Lewis and The Kinks. Being from Detroit, I love Motown.
Q. Which modern day artists do you look up to?
I love Amy Winehouse, Jack White and Imelda May.
Q. Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?
I would love to work with Jack White in any way I could. I am a big fan of Willy Moon and the Black Belles. Everything he does is very cool.
Q. What songs are you listening to at the moment?
I love “She” by the Monkees; “You Don’t Own Me” by Lesley Gore and “A Dedicated Follower of Fashion” by the Kinks.
Q.What is your creative process for creating a track?
First, I go into a quiet room and shut the door and hope the creative juices are flowing. If they are, life is good and I am happy. If not, I leave the quiet room and whine to everyone I encounter until they get sick of me. I then return to the quiet room and start the process over again.
Q. What’s more important, melody or lyrics?
Melody, for sure. I think it sets the tone and mood of the song.
Q. Where are you based?
Q. What’s it like being where you’re from?
Detroit has a really cool music scene, and there are many talented musicians here. It is beautiful in the summer, and freezing in the winter.
Q. What are you currently working on?
As I said, we just released our EP so we’re busy playing shows and getting our music out there. An album is definitely in the very near future.
Q. What’s been the highlight of your career to date?
Definitely being a winner of a Singer/Songwriter contest at Berklee College of Music and then being awarded the scholarship is right up there. There are so many talented musicians at Berklee I felt honored to be selected. We have some pretty big gigs coming up in Detroit I’m looking forward to as well as a live radio performance.
Q. What are you hoping to achieve over the next 12 months?
I definitely want to do an album soon and just keep growing as a musician and hopefully put out some great music.
Q. What do you do to relax?
I like to watch ridiculous YouTube videos.
Q. Where would your favorite vacation be and why?
I went to France last year and loved it. It was all about the food, especially the fresh baguettes at every meal. It was heaven. I am perfecting my French speaking skills so I can go on tour in France! They are very appreciative of American music and artists.
Q. If you could give a little piece of advice for new or aspiring musician what would it be?
Learn to play classical music. It will give you a great foundation for anything else you want to play. Learning Bach is guaranteed to give you periodic anxiety attacks, but it will also make you a better musician eventually.
Editor’s Note: Blaire Elise has a great vibe and is musically gifted too. We’re looking forward to how Blaire Elise and the Bombshells develop over the coming months. Make sure that you watch them live if you get a chance!
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