Artist Interview – Champagne Republic

Champagne Republic is a great new band from Vancouver, Canada consisting of Emily Chambers, Marty Majerski, Philip Laessoe, Eric Lipschultz, and Nathan Wylie. Despite only forming in 2012 Champagne Republic have already started to establish themselves as a dynamic act with some good new material and therefore we were delighted when they agreed to be interviewed by Song Revelation. Read on to discover what Champagne Republic have been doing over the last 12 months, their career highlights and who they would like to collaborate with given a chance.

 

Champagne Republic

Champagne Republic

 

Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are what would it be?

We’re fun, energetic, and original.  Incorporating funk, soul, R&B and pop, we have developed a sound that is uniquely ours.

 

Q: What is your musical background?

Everyone in the band has a different background, from blues to pop to jazz to rock, but we all came together over a mutual love of soul and R&B.

 

Q: How have the last 12 months been for you?

Busy and exciting! We played 65 gigs over the last 12 months, including The Langley Canada Day Festival, The Spirit of the Sea Festival, The Vancouver Fashion Week Opening Gala, and opening for KO at the Vancouver Music Festival.  We have also become well acquainted with Vancouver’s downtown venues, playing at Club 560, FanClub, The Cellar, The Biltmore, The Fairview, The Railway Club, Malones, Backstage Lounge, Media Club and Joe’s Apartment… just to name a few. This winter signed a management deal with Raincoast Music and have had the opportunity to professionally record our first 3 tracks: Broke Broke Girl, Fire’s Burnin’ Hot and Let’s Get It On, all available for streaming through our website. This spring we’ve been able to book our first tour dates and we are stoked to hit the road this summer!

 

Q: Who inspires you musically?

We are all influenced and inspired by the R&B classics: Stevie Wonder, Etta James, MJ, Curtis Mayfield, Aretha, James Brown, Prince… but we are constantly sourcing out new music by up and comers to keep our prospective fresh.

 

Q: Which modern day artists do you look up to?

Adele, ZZ Ward, Amy Winehouse, Lauryn Hill, Jamiroquai, John Legend, Joss Stone… the list goes on…

 

Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?

Anyone and everyone listed in the above question!

 

Champagne Republic

Champagne Republic

Champagne Republic

Champagne Republic

 

Q: What songs are you listening to at the moment?

To name a few favourites of the moment: Bright Lights by Gary Clark Jr., Charlie Ain’t Home by ZZ Ward, Gorilla by Bruno Mars, Soulman by Ben L’Oncle Soul, and Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke and Pharrell.

 

Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?

Usually someone will come up with a riff or chord progression we all like and then we will expand on the idea with Emily writing the melody and lyrics. And vise versa, sometimes Em will come to us with a melody and we will write a chord pro underneath and go from there. It is a collaborative effort. Then the details and Champagne Republic-isms get hashed out in a jam space.

 

Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?

Melody for sure, but to any great music lover, the lyrics are super important. The melody gets stuck in your head but the words resonate with you.

 

Q: Where are you based?

Glorious Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

 

Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?

It’s awesome. You have the beach, the ocean, the forests, and the mountains – what more could you want? Vancouver is beautiful. We definitely feel that there’s a West Coast vibe to our sound and a lot of that comes from the city we live in.

 

Q: What are you currently working on?

Right now our main focuses are expanding our live show for our upcoming tour dates and continuing to write new material. We’ve recently added two background singers to our live lineup and we’re working on some other cool additions. We’re also shooting to record an album by the end of the year, so we’re constantly writing.

 

Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?

The band has officially been together for just over a year now, and there are a few moments that have stuck out for us… One was playing the main stage at the 2012 Langley Canada Day Festival; not only was it a great experience playing to that size of a crowd, but it was a show that spring boarded us to a lot of new opportunities, including our relationship with Paul Shatto and David Wills from Raincoast Music. The other gig that comes to mind was opening for KO at The Biltmore as part of Vancouver Music Fest. The Biltmore is one of Vancouver’s coolest venues for live music, and to open for KO was the icing on the cake. You can check out live footage from that show on our YouTube channel at youtube.com/ChampagneRepublic.

 

Q: What are you hoping to achieve in over the next 12 months?

Our main goal for the next year is to spread the word about the band and our music beyond Vancouver. We want to hit the road, and that’s going to start with a couple small festival tours this summer, including one to Oregon and one to the BC interior. By the end of the calendar year we’re also hoping to have the means to record a full album. The game plan is to use that momentum to get into some of the major industry festivals and conferences in Canada and the US, including Breakout West, SXSW, Canadian Music Week, among others. By summer 2014 we hope to be touring extensively throughout Canada and the US.

 

Champagne Republic

Champagne Republic

Champagne Republic

Champagne Republic

 

Q: Do you have any gigs or shows that you’d like to tell us about?

We currently have 5 summer festival dates that we’re really excited about:

July 1 – Langley Canada Day Festival (Langley, BC)

July 19 – Salem Art & Music Fair (Salem, OR)

August 6 – Harmony Arts Festival (West Vancouver, BC)

August 9 – Lillooet Community Concert Series (Lillooet, BC)

August 16 – Chilliwack Party in the Park (Chilliwack, BC)

Check out www.champagnerepublic.com for additional set times and additional summer dates.

 

Q: What do you do to relax?

Each of us have different ways to unwind, but we can all agree a drink and some good live music is never a bad time.

 

Q: Where would your favorite holiday (vacation) be and why?

Probably Jamaica or somewhere in the Caribbean. Caribbean music is amazing. The sunshine and scenery wouldn’t hurt either.

 

Q: If you could give a little piece of advice for new or aspiring musicians what would it be?

Just do your thing and work your ass off…if it’s meant to be it will happen.

 

Champagne Republic

Champagne Republic

 

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?

We love to hear from our listeners! If you ever want to drop us a line on twitter @ChampagneREP, facebook, or via email about upcoming shows, venues you’d like to see us play, or even to just talk shop about new bands and what’s going on in the music scene today, we are all ears!

 

Editor’s Note: We’re really looking forward to how Champagne Republic’s influence within the international music scene over the coming months increases as more listeners discover their energetic funk-inspired sound.

If yoiu’d like to learn more about or get in touch with Champagne Republic just follow the links below:

Website: www.champagnerepublic.com

Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/champagnerepublic

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/champagnerepublic

YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/champagnerepublic

Facebook: www.facebook.com/champagnerepublic

Twitter: www.twitter.com/champagneREP

Myspace: www.myspace.com/champagnerepublic

Instagram: www.instagram.com/champagnerepublic

EPK: www.sonicbids.com/champagnerepublic

Artist Interview – Tourist

Tourist is an upcoming rock band from Austrlalia featuring 4 talented musicians; Luke Brown (Lead Guitar), Dave Paddon (Vocals/Guitar), Mike Richardson (Bass/Vocals), Steve Richardson (Drums). Despite there increasingly hectic schedule on the summer gig circuit in Australia, we were delighted when they agreed to be intervieewed by Song Refelation. Read the entire interview below where Tourist discuss, amongst other things, their musical inspirations, what they’ve recently been working on and their creative process for creating their dynamic rock tracks.

 

Tourist

Tourist

 

Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are what would it be?

Tourist is a soulful, explosive, funk-fuelled rock band combining soaring vocals, melodic guitars and deep-pocket grooves.

 

Q: What is your musical background?

Dave grew up in country W.A. playing guitar and singing by himself.
Luke grew up with two older brothers playing guitar around him and had no choice but to take up an axe and join in.
Steve and Mike grew up together in the family jam room with their two older brothers and the surrounding neighbourhood.

Once the Tourist line-up was finalised in 2002, we hit the jam room and never looked back.

 

Q: How have the last 12 months been for you?

Quite exciting. After putting the finishing touches on our forthcoming debut album Race Against Time, at the end of 2012, we’ve spent the last few months playing more and more live shows and building towards our impending album and single launch later in 2013. We’re currently working with some film students on a film clip for our lead single ‘Holding on to what Hurts’ and working on some touring around Australia in the next few months. Our live show is really pumping now and we just can’t wait to get out on the road and show the people what they’ve been missing

 

Q: Who inspires you musically?

We came together initially over a love of great bands like The Police, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Dave Matthews Band who found a way to build great pop songs around brilliant musicianship. Some of their stuff might sound simple and pretty, but there’s a lot going on underneath that makes you think “Wow, I didn’t notice that the first time”. It’s something we aspire to do ourselves: Give the listener something that’s great to listen to, but with a level of technical skill that’s interesting on repeated listens.

 

Q: Which modern day artists do you look up to?

That’s a tough question to answer as a group. At this stage we’re all listening to fairly different stuff.

 

Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?

Luke – Gotye
Mike – Dave Grohl, Rick Rubin.
Dave – Prince, Ryan Adams
Steve – I’d like the opportunity to record at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios

 

Q: What are you listening to at the moment?

Luke – Everything Everything, Portishead.
Mike – Big Wreck, Sound City Soundtrack
Dave – Alt-J, Bat for Lashes
Steve – New albums from Queens of the Stone Age and Alice in Chains

 

Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?

There can be a few different ways we approach it. Occasionally, Dave (vocals/guitar) will bring in a song that’s been written on an acoustic guitar and is almost complete. We’ll just take it and build parts for it. Usually though, we’re building songs around and incomplete idea that’s come from Luke (guitar) or a groove from Steve (drums). It’s pretty organic these days, with a lot of trial and error and “I like this part, not that part”. Vocally, the melodies always come first, before the lyrics. We’ve always got several songs in various stages of completion. When they get close to finished, that’s when we’ll start inserting them into the live show, just make sure that they work for the audience the way we feel they’re working in rehearsal.

 

Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?

Well, as we mentioned above, the melody comes first… Sometimes it even comes down to the timing and syllables. There’ll be a bunch of junk/made-up words that fit the melody, but the way Dave’s timing them will feel right, so then it’s a matter of building lyrics that fit that particular timing pattern or amount of syllables in the particular line.

 

Q: Where are you based?

Perth, Western Australia. Most isolated Capital in the world.

 

Tourist

Tourist

 

Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?

Really hot in Summer, quite wet in winter. It’s like being in a big sprawling country town, where eventually you’ll meet someone you’ve never met before, but they’ll know four of your friends… The music scene is vibrant, a lot creative talented people and a bunch of different styles.

 

Q: What are you currently working on?

2013 is all about playing lots of live shows, touring and releasing our single and album in the second half of the year.

 

Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?

Sticking with it for 10 years and getting to a point right now, where we feel like we’re in the prime of our creative lives as a band.

 

Q: What are you hoping to achieve in over the next 12 months?

  • Touring the Australian east coast.
  • Radio play around the country.
  • Supporting some big bands.
  • Playing a festival or two

 

Q: Do you have any gigs or shows that you’d like to tell us about?

If you’re in Perth over the next few months you can catch us:
July 12 – The Swan Basement in  Fremantle
August 1 – Ya Ya’s in Northbridge

 

Q: What do you do to relax?

We find the jam room a pretty relaxing place to be. We have always enjoyed a lot of time playing together. It’s where we do our best work creatively.

 

Q: If you could give a little piece of advice for new or aspiring musicians what would it be?

Stick with it. Write songs you want to listen to. Let your band lead itself in the jam room and eventually you’ll start to feel what’s working and what’s not.

 

Tourist

Tourist

 

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?

You can listen to our music and buy it online here: http://www.touristband.com.au/TouristMusic.php
Our album will be distributed nationally through firestarter: http://www.firestartermusic.net

 

Editor’s Note: If you want your rock band to exude energy and funk fuelled influences then Tourist is defnintely a band you should be checking out.

If you’d like to learn more about or get in touch with Tourist just follow the links below:

Website: www.touristband.com.au

Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/touristbandau

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/touristband

Facebook: www.facebook.com/touristband

Twitter: https://twitter.com/touristband

Myspace: www.myspace.com/wearetourist

Artist Interview – The Stacey Y Band

The Stacey Y Band is a great upcoming band from Toronto, Canada consisting of Stacey Y (Keyboard and Vocals), Tom Hanley (Guitar), Mark Rynkun (Bass) and George Nikolov (Drums). Since checking out some of the Stacey Y Band’s latest material and music videos we were really keen to interview them for Song Revelation. Read the entire in-depth interview below where Stacey tells us all about how she initially became interested in music, what current artists she is listening to and what we can expect from the Stacey Y band over the coming months.

 

The Stacey Y Band

The Stacey Y Band

 

Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are what would it be?

A creative musical journey with a tight groove and soulful female vocals.

 

Q: What is your musical background?

I was raised on Ukrainian folk and classical music. After coming to Canada, I got heavily into soul and r&b. The other members have a heavy rock background, and we all have bachelor degrees in jazz performance.

 

Q: How have the last 12 months been for you?

Crazy. After graduating from Humber College for music last year, we’ve all been getting used to the lifestyle of a struggling professional musician. Overall, it’s been really fun and extremely busy. This year, I’ve mostly been focusing onfinishing up my debut album. It’s been a crazy ride, but it’s now out! The album is on iTunes, Amazon, and staceyy.bandcamp.com!

 

Q: Who inspires you musically?

Otis Redding, Etta James, Stevie Wonder…

 

Q: Which modern day artists do you look up to?

Erykah Badu, Norah Jones, Alicia Keys, D’Angelo…

 

Q: What songs are you listening to at the moment?

‘I Tried’ by a local Toronto artist Maylee Todd.

 

Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?

I come up with a song and bring it to the band. Together we tweak it, arrange it, and make it tight. Everyone bring something new to the table, so it’s usually a very fun creative session.

 

Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?

As a keyboardist primarily, I will have to say melody. A good melody always catches my attention and resonates with me all day.

 

The Stacey Y Band

The Stacey Y Band

 

Q: Where are you based?

Toronto, Canada.

 

Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?

Toronto is a busy multi-cultural city. There are gazillions of fantastic bands and events. It’s not easy to make a name for yourself but great for expanding your musical horizons and keeping you on your toes.

 

Q: What are you currently working on?

We’re working on promoting the release of our album ‘Set The Water Straight’, which was released on June 20th, 2013 at C’est What in Toronto. You can check out the full-length record at www.staceyy.bandcamp.com.

 

Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?

Opening for Jimmy Smith at The Phoenix Concert Theatre with the reggae band I play with – Kidd Rasta &The Peacemakers.

 

Q: What are you hoping to achieve over the next 12 months?

I’m hoping to achieve some recognition for the original album. I also plan to keep playing with all the other cool projects I’m invested in, and see where the wind takes me!

 

 

Q: Do you have any gigs or shows that you’d like to tell us about?

You can find our latest tour dates on staceyy.com under ‘shows’.

 

Q: What do you do to relax?

I like watching movies, going out to see shows, or hanging out with friends and band-members after a gig.

 

Q: If you could give a little piece of advice for new or aspiring musicians what would it be?

Go out and play with people and network, but don’t ever stop learning and working on your craft.

 

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?

Apart from the Stacey Y Band, I also lead a world-fusion project called DoVira. You can check it out on www.doviramusic.com

 

Stacey Yerofeyeva

Stacey Yerofeyeva

 

Editor’s Note: The Stacey Y Band have an energetic pop-rock sound with a unique soulful edge thanks ti Stacey’s dynamic vocals. Definitely a band to watch out for over the coming months!

 

If you’d like to get in touch with the Stacey Y band, or check out some more of their soulful pop-rock inspired songs just follow the links below:

Website: www.staceyy.com

Bandcamp: www.staceyy.bandcamp.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/staceyymusic

Twitter: www.twitter.com/staceyymusic

Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/staceyymusic

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/staceyymusic

Artist Interview – Lauren Wolf Band

The Lauren Wolf Band consists of Lauren Wolf (Lead Vocals), Patrick Dugan (Guitar/Vocals), Mervin Dimailig (Drums/Vocals) and Bill Marzano (Bass) from Chicago, Illinois. They are our latest Sonicbids feature artist winner and at Song Revelation we’re really looking forward to introduce them to you. Read the entire interview below where they discuss their musical background, what they’ve recently been working on and what they do to relax.

 

Lauren Wolf Band

Lauren Wolf Band

Lauren Wolf Band

Lauren Wolf Band

 

Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are what would it be?

Janis Joplin + Jimi Hendrix + Just Enough 2013 To Make it Current

 

Q: What is your musical background?

The four of us come from all different musical backgrounds and upbringings. However, the thing that seems to tie us together is our love for rock/blues. We all have a sense of what makes your soul feel good. Lauren (lead vocals/songwriter) grew up listening to everything from musical theatre to classic rock to soul/R&B. So, her love of musicians range from Janis Joplin to Better Midler to Earth, Wind, and Fire. Patrick (guitar/vocals/songwriter) grew up as a trained multi-instrumentalist and his true love lies in the blues and with classic blues/rock artists like Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Bill (bass) as well has a deep appreciation for the blues but his twist is a bit more jam/rock like Phish and artists like Susan Tedeschi. Rounding out the band is Mervin (drums) coming from a pop/rock and R&B vibe.

 

Q: How have the last 12 months been for you?

Well, Patrick and Lauren have been with the band since the inception of The Lauren Wolf Band. So, the last year is actually when we added Mervin and Bill to the picture. Having said that, the year has been quite great. We finally found the missing pieces to our band and musical family. The four of us have a certain chemistry that everyone searches for when looking for bandmates. We know how to have fun but we also know when to work hard. We genuinely respect and like one another that we have learned is most important when searching for a group that will last beyond talent and/or charisma.

Over the last year since the four of us have been together we have won Live Nation’s Battle of The Bands beating out 150+ bands nationwide (USA), we have played an unforgettable show at House of Blues Chicago, hit the stage at Metro Chicago, done many interviews, been featured in publications, started to tour together, and have written over half our second album which we plan on recording in October of this year. Sure we have had our bumps and minor setbacks like most artists, but we keep persevering together for the hopes that we will keep growing individually as musicians that will ultimately strengthen us a band.

 

Q: Who inspires you musically?

Cumulatively the four of us are inspired by so many past and current artists. I also think we have family and musician friends who inspire us to be better people and musicians. Some of our broad range of inspirations come from The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Phish, The Black Keys, Led Zeppelin, Jeff Beck, Magic Sam, Eric Clapton, Susan Tedeschi, Sass Jordan, Eva Cassidy, Whitney Houston, Heart, Grace Potter and The Nocturnals, Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Wonder, The Cure, Queen, The Black Crowes,  and the list could go on for days….

 

Q: Which modern day artists do you look up to?

We mentioned some above but bands/artists who come from that true raw rock or blues vibe seem to inspire us as a band. People/groups like Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks, The Black Keys, Danielia Cotton, Eric Clapton, Gary Clark Jr, Robert Cray, Melissa Etheridge, Lenny Kravitz, Franz Ferdinand, Muse, Arctic Monkeys, Adele, Mumford and Sons, The Black Crowes, and so many more.

 

Lauren Wolf Band

Lauren Wolf Band

Lauren Wolf Band

Lauren Wolf Band

 

Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?

Sure!!! Any of the above!! :)

 

Q: What songs are you listening to at the moment?

Smotherin’ Me (Imelda May), Guilty Good Intentions (Filligar), Spiderwebs (No Doubt), Rosanna (Toto), Don’t Owe You A Thang (Gary Clark Jr), The Modern Leper (Frightened Rabbit), Sometimes Salvation (The Black Crowes), Ashes and Wine (A Fine Frenzy), Old Man (Neil Young)

 

Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?

Usually Lauren will be inspired by something or will come up with a tune. Normally the tune or hook will come to her first and she will work on the lyrics from there. Then she will take it to Patrick who will either help with the tune or come up with a hook completely from an idea. Sometimes our manager, Adam will write lyrics too. For instance, our song “The Night The Sound Went Out” came from Adam’s words and then Patrick came up with the tune with help from Lauren. Then once the song has a skeleton worked out we take it to Bill and Mervin who will fill out the rest of the song and give it life.

 

Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?

They are both equally important. Lyrics give meaning to a song and the melody embraces and passes on the feeling to the artist and the audience.

 

Lauren Wolf Band

Lauren Wolf Band

Lauren Wolf Band

Lauren Wolf Band

 

Q: Where are you based?

Chicago, Illinois

 

Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?

Well, Chicago is an incredible music town. Especially for rock/blues artists such as ourselves. The blues is the heart of the city but there are a huge amount of indie artists from all musical genres here.

 

Q: What are you currently working on?

We are working on our next album and touring more. Right now we are about 7 or 8 songs into the second album and by the fall we are hoping to expand that to right around 15 songs. We want the next album to be all originals with possibly one cover.

 

Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?

It is hard to pinpoint one thing because a highlight can be something personal or simple as being proud of a song. As a band we are probably most proud of how hard our fans pulled for us to win Live Nation’s Battle of The Bands in 2012.  It was not so much the win as much as how many people we saw fight for us to succeed in coming out on top. People from all over the country and even the world reached out to us and voiced how much they wanted us to take top prize. It was what Patrick describes as “the little contest that could”.

 

Q: What are you hoping to achieve in over the next 12 months?

To finish the sophomore album, tour to more cities, continue writing, grow and hone our style, network more, reach out to markets and people we have not tried to reach yet, discover and support new artists (especially local), make at least one more “official” music video, and maybe collaborate or open for a band we look up to.

 

Q: Do you have any gigs or shows that you’d like to tell us about?

We will playing a lot of shows over the summer, but our next touring show is in Cleveland, Ohio on Saturday, June 15th at Wilbert’s. It should be a fantastic time. It is our own night there and it starts around 10 pm. So if you or anyone you know lives in the area please send them our way.

 

 Q: What do you do to relax?

Watch movies, listen to other artist’s music, read, workout, chill with friends and family, ride bikes, play ultimate Frisbee, go out for a nice dinner, and chill with our animals.

 

Q: Where would your favourite holiday (vacation) be and why?

Probably have to say all over Europe so we can check out the music scene that we don’t get to experience over in America. Especially the not so mainstream music we might not get introduced to over here.

 

Lauren Wolf Band

Lauren Wolf Band

Lauren Wolf Band

Lauren Wolf Band

 

Q: If you could give a little piece of advice for new or aspiring musicians what would it be?

Listen to artists you admire but stay true to yourself. Constantly find ways to evolve so you can grow for yourself and your audience.

 

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?

We would like to thank songrevelation.com for contacting us and having the belief in Indie bands such as ourselves. It is so important in this day and age to have support like this. Please listen and spread the word about The Lauren Wolf Band if you like what you hear. Your stamp of approval is the best advertising we can get.

 

Editor’s Note: The Lauren Wolf Band’s eclectic mix of talents create something instantly memorable, having that commercial rock / blues edge to a tee.

 

If you’d like to check out some more of the Lauren Wolf Band just follow the links below:

Website: http://www.laurenwolfmusic.com/

Reverbnation: http://www.reverbnation.com/laurenwolfmusic

YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/LaurenWolfSinger

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/laurenwolfmusician

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LaurenWolfMusic

Artist Interview – Lisa Ahlstrom

Lisa Ahlstrom is a Finnish singer, now living and working in LA. After checking out Lisa’s press release and latest songs we were really impressed and were really keen to share everything with you. Despite Lisa’s increasingly hectic schedule we were delighted when she agreed to complete an interview with Song Revelation. Read on to find out about, amongst other things, which modern day artists she is inspired by, what music she’s enjoying listening to at the moment and what she hopes to achieve over the next 12 months.

 

Lisa Ahlstrom

Lisa Ahlstrom

Lisa Ahlstrom

Lisa Ahlstrom

 

Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are what would it be?

An audio experience of human emotion.

 

Q: What is your musical background?

I took some piano lessons as a kid and bought a crappy guitar in my teens from the boys who lived next door. I think I knew 2 or 3 chords but that was all I needed to write my first song. Honestly, I had no idea what I was doing.

At the time I started to write more seriously I was dating a musician/producer to whom I am deeply grateful. He patiently recorded my first few songs despite my inexperience and exposed me to some of the coolest music I know. My first songs were less than awesome but the feeling of creating became an instant high.

In my late teens I was cast for a musical lead at The National Swedish Theater of Helsinki, which gave me a chance to develop vocally and in my early 20’s I enrolled in to Musician Institute in Hollywood where I earned my degree in Vocal Performance and Recording Engineering. I spent the following years working at several studios both small and major.

These days I mainly work out of a home studio recording my own music but I continue to learn new programs and instruments all the time. I like to challenge myself artistically. It keeps the music fresh and the process entertaining.

 

Q: How have the last 12 months been for you?

Crazy! This year has been particularly demanding and I have to be very mindful of how I use my time and energy. Besides music (as if that alone wasn’t enough), I am on the final stretch of a 4 years Masters Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture. I have a chronic thirst for knowledge. I doubt this will be my last degree.

 

Lisa Ahlstrom

Lisa Ahlstrom

Lisa Ahlstrom

Lisa Ahlstrom

 

Q: Who inspires you musically?

Man, I resent even starting to list all the artists I appreciate. I will probably spend the next week thinking about all the artists I forgot to mention. LOL

I think as we evolve, so does our taste in music. Obviously I am listening to different music now then when I was 15.

My dad was a big blues fan and played anything from early Clapton to Ali Farka Toure. Classic rock bands such as Pink Floyd, The Police and The Rolling Stones along with the then current pop stars such as Michael Jackson were also heavily in rotation. My mom listened to slightly more soulful artist like Stevie Wonder, Bill Withers and Sade.

Like many teens of the 90’s I listened to alternative and grunge rock. Late 90’s, early 2000’s were dominated by trip hop bands such as Massive Attack, Portishead and Zero 7 along with huge quantities of hip-hop. As some know, some don’t, I was Breaking (breakdancing) heavily in my teens to early 20’s so obviously the classic breaks and funk have a place in my heart.

Over the past decades there have been some really strong singer songwriters that have also inspired me like Bjork, Fiona Apple, Ani Di Franco, Jeff Buckley, John Mayer, John Frusciante, Samuel Beam etc. etc. etc. Aaaaahhhh, The list is too long. So much awesomeness!!!

Of course my creativity is not awaken by music alone. Books, bees, trees and leaves are all equally stimulating. In the end, my life is what inspires me most.

 

Q: Which modern day artists do you look up to?

I not really fond of the term “look up to” since it makes me feel as if I am in some way inferior, which I am not. I like to look at great people like Socrates, Gandhi or Einstein and believe that I am equally capable. That way I don’t dismiss being equally passionate no matter how long it takes or how much work I have to put in. It takes away my excuses.

However, I am moved by people who take an active roll in self-cultivation and aspire to leave this world a little better than when they came. There are obviously many known (and unknown) people who are out there doing great things and I aspire to do the same. Peter Gabriel has been on my watch lately who is involved in various humanitarian efforts as well as Leonardo Di Caprio who has been working with environmental groups. Make Yourself Foundation created by members of Incubus has also been up to various great acts of selflessness locally and around the globe. On a personal level I am probably affected most by my mentor Dr. Kim, the founder of Emperor’s College who’s passion for self-cultivation and healing is beyond words.

Humans, animals, the ocean, our food or whatever else you are passionate about its all good. I just love to see people who care and even more the people who take a stand in doing something about it.

 

Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?

Sure. Many. Zero 7, Massive Attack or Nitin Sawhney would all be amazing to work with and I would love to lock myself up in a room and create an full album with John Frusciante. That would be freakin’ sweet! Did I just use the word sweet?

That being said, I love the players I work with at the moment. They are my favorite collaborations. Douglas Charles Showalter who plays guitars and produces a lot of my music, Peter Dyer who plays keys/syths and a more recent addition Tamir Barzilay on drums are all such top-notch players and I’m in awe of their creativity and authentic approach to music. Second to none!

As for gigging, Id take a gig with any of the artists I’ve named so far. I’m a humble indie act so everything from here is an upgrade I guess.

 

Q: What songs are you listening to at the moment?

The last few song my ITunes shuffled up for me were Wolf and I by Oh land, Killing for Love by Jose Gonzales, What a Shame by Jamie Lidell, Plastic Jungle by Miike Snow and I’m pretty sure I heard something from Atoms for Peace somewhere. I currently hear Twice by Little Dragon.

Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of world music and Chanting. I also really like Choying Drolma & Steve Tibbetts album Selwa. That too has been on repeat lately.

 

Lisa Ahlstrom

Lisa Ahlstrom

Lisa Ahlstrom

Lisa Ahlstrom

 

Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?

Every song has a process. Some start with lyrics, some start with a beat. Some just write themselves. Recently I was sang a song in a dream and amazingly remembered the whole song upon waking so I wrote it down and plan on recording it in the near future. That was trippy, even for me.

 

Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?

Again that depends on the track. I think they are equally valid. A good melody goes a long way but I believe lyrics serve as a platform to say something that matters or touches someone in the right way.

 

Q: Where are you based?

Los Angeles. I’m born in Canada to Finnish-Swedish parents, raised in Finland but LA is home at this time.

 

Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?

Canada was cozy, Finland was cold and LA is demanding or maybe that’s just the pattern of my life.

 

Q: What are you currently working on?

Lately I’ve been busy promoting my resent release “A Week’s Worth”, a concept album that started with the idea to make 7 songs in 7 days and release them on a blog. I’m also finishing up a song, featuring producer Octopotomus and Finnish beatboxer Rudi Rok, which should be out shortly.

 

Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?

Everything in my life is a highlight. My ups are up because my downs were down. I appreciate it all.

 

Q: What are you hoping to achieve in over the next 12 months?

I look forward to graduating, traveling, spending more time with my family and I’m dying to start a garden. Of course there will be music making in the mix.

 

Q: Do you have any gigs or shows that you’d like to tell us about?

It’s all about studying right now since I’m so close to the end but I’m sure I will have some summer show dates coming up shortly. Stay posted.

 

Q: What do you do to relax?

I have a daily practice of Qi Gong and Meditation that keeps me from falling apart. When time allows I snowboard, surf or skateboard up the beach and I do enjoy hikes somewhat frequently. Nothing melts stress like some dancing but unfortunately I’ve had very little time for that lately.

 

Q: Where would your favourite holiday (vacation) be and why?

Anywhere away from the city! I like to travel to ancient human settlings and deeply appreciate history and culture so wherever I go I like to live with the locals, eat where they eat and do what they do. Traveling gives me an opportunity to experience something new or unique and to understand humanity better.

 

Lisa Ahlstrom

Lisa Ahlstrom

Lisa Ahlstrom

Lisa Ahlstrom

 

Q: If you could give a little piece of advice for new or aspiring musicians what would it be?

Oh man, it’s such a personal journey. I guess know thyself and stick with it.

 

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?

You mean you want to read more? Nah man, I’m done.

 

Editor’s Note: Lisa Ahlstrom has a stylish and quirky vibe partnered with musical talent to create a unique commercial sound. Definitely one of Song Revelation’s Ones to Watch!

 

If you’d like to learn more about or get in touch with Lisa Ahlstrom just follow the links below:

Website: www.lisaahlstrom.com

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/lisaahlstrom

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/LisaAhlstrom

Bandcamp: http://lisaahlstrom.bandcamp.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lisaahlstrommusic

Twitter: https://twitter.com/la2hki

Artist Interview – Steve Ryan

Steve Ryan is singer-songwriter and performer from Atlanta, Georgia. We discovered some of Steve’s music on Sonicbids and were really impressed. He is currently working on his latest album and we were delighted when he took some time to tell Song Revelation about his latest experiences, his musical background and what he hopes to achieve over the next 12 months.

 

Steve Ryan

Steve Ryan

 

Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are what would it be?

Inspirational sexy heartfelt passionate authentic happy emotional brilliant melodic pop rock soul connective

 

Q: What is your musical background?

I started writing songs and playing piano around 8 and I always sang from birth.  My background is mostly being a songwriter and poet and I sang in a lot of talent shows as well too when I was a teenager.

 

Q: How have the last 12 months been for you?

The past 12 months have been awesome overall.  Of course, there were ups and downs.  Released an amazing album ”Boundless Moments” in April 2013.  Released singles off the album before then.  This was my first time ever reaching bestseller categories on Amazon.  This was also a highlight as far as fan growth.  My fan base exceeded a million recently.  I finished 2 books, one poetry, one self-help.  The poetry book will be released later this year.  The past 12 months have also been great too in terms of getting more radio play.  This was my first time being featured in magazines.  More radio stations were also willing to play my music.  And this is my first time getting radio stations interviews and being invited to personally come out.  This was also my first time getting publishing deals, too date I have signed several publishing contracts.  This is my first time starting to get more national attention.  Coming up on June 4th, I will be performing live on Frankie Dee’s ”The Real Radio Show.” www.therealradioshow.com . And I’ve been invited to some Los Angeles stations as well too.  Really if I get more specific, all of this have happened in the past 5 months.  The 7 months prior to that, I experienced major rejection after rejection after rejection.  It was actually a very discouraging period in which giving up did come up as a temporary consideration.  But then I had to remind myself why I do the music.  And what comes to mind is that it’s for touching people and moving people.  And if only one person was touched and their lives impacted, then I’ve done my job.  So I continued to just focus on that and eventually now, everything is starting to turn around to where every time I turn around, there’s an opportunity.  I’m starting to get selected on a lot of things that I’m attempting.

 

Q: Who inspires you musically?

Maroon 5, Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, Pink, Beyoncé, The Rolling Stones, One Republic, John Legend, Lenny Kravitz

 

Q: Which modern day artists do you look up to?

Maroon 5, Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, Pink, Beyoncé, The Rolling Stones, One Republic, John Legend, Lenny Kravitz

 

Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?

Maroon 5, John Legend, Lenny Kravitz, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga.

 

Steve Ryan

Steve Ryan

 

Q: What songs are you listening to at the moment?

Everything.  and I really mean that.  I like everything from rock to country to r &b to pop to hip-hop to folk and world music I like all music.

 

Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?

It varies.  Sometimes the whole song just comes to me while I’m sleeping or it hits my head.  Sometimes I will come up with the melody before the lyrics.  Other times I write lyrics and then put music to it.  It usually varies between those 3 things for me.  It’s all about capturing it when it comes and how it comes.

 

Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?

Neither is more important.  It depends on the song.  Some songs the melody stands out more and some songs the lyrics stand out more.  It’s like asking, what’s more important, your arms or your legs.  You want them both. If you are running, your legs are more important in that moment.  If you are pulling yourself up, then you arms are more important at that moment.  It varies.

 

Q: Where are you based?

Atlanta, but I frequent Los Angeles and New York.

 

Q: What are you currently working on?

I’m actually working on my next album that will be released in 2014 or 2015

 

Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?

The fan growth and all of the magazine / radio interviews that I have been getting.  It feels good to finally be appreciated.

 

Steve Ryan

Steve Ryan

 

Q: What are you hoping to achieve in over the next 12 months?

I would like to either win a Grammy or get Grammy nominated.  My album ”Boundless Moments” will be on the Grammy ballot for possible nomination.  That’s exciting.  I also would like to have a successful tour in 2014.  Since I have fans all over the world, it would be great to reach them all.  I would also like to have more commercial radio success so that my message is spread to as many people as possible.  Overall, I would like things to continue to grow.

Q: Do you have any gigs or shows that you’d like to tell us about?

Yes, I will be performing live and interviews on Frankie Dee’s ”The Real Radio Show” www.therealradioshow.com on June 4th in New York City.

 

Q: What do you do to relax?

I like bike riding, relaxing outdoors like in a park or by a beach, watch a good movie, make good conversation, write, play games, love going for scenic drives, almost anything.  I work hard but I play hard too.

 

Q: Where would your favourite holiday (vacation) be and why?

Favorite vacation would be Hawaii because I love the ocean and I love islands.

 

Q: If you could give a little piece of advice for new or aspiring musicians what would it be?

Do this because you love it.  Don’t do this because you are trying to achieve fame and fortune.  By the time you are done dealing with the business aspect of the music and all of the challenges that come with it, it will make you give up if you are in it for the wrong reason.  If you keep it about the music and touching the fans, then it won’t matter what level of success you get, it will fulfill you.  I’m a strong believer that if you want success, you must have patience and persistence.  The people who persevere will be successful on some level.

 

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?

I’m a screen actor as well, here’s my imdb link http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2768416/?ref_=fn_al_nm_3 .  I’m also an author, I will be releasing a poetry book later this year and a self help book next year.  I’m also finishing up a romantic comedy novel.  I write and produce for other artists as well.  All of my songs, I wrote the lyrics and the melody too.

Editor’s Note: Steve Ryan has the energy, creativeness and talent to enjoy a successful career in the music industry. We’re looking forward to Steve’s newest album with a great deal of anticipation at Song Revelation. Definitely one to watch!

 

If you’d like to learn more about or get in touch with Steve Ryan just follow the links below:

 

Website: www.steveryanonline.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/steveryanband

Twitter: www.twitter.com/steveryanonline

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/steveryanonline

Reverbnation: http://www.reverbnation.com/steveryan

YouTube: www.youtube.com/steveryanonline

MySpace: www.myspace.com/steveryanband

 

Artist Interview – McClain Sullivan

McClain Sullivan is a soul inspired singer-songwriter who is originally from Seattle but is now living and working in Brooklyn, NY. After checking out some of McClain’s dynamic, eclectic vibe we were really keen to interview her for Song Revelation. Despite working hard preparing for a series of live shows over the coming months we were delighted when she took to time to complete a few questions. Read on to find out, amongst other things, which modern musicians McClain is inspired by, what she’s currently working on and how she would describe her music.

 

McClain Sullivan

McClain Sullivan

McClain Sullivan

McClain Sullivan

 

 

Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are what would it be?

A different kind of Soul Music

 

Q: What is your musical background?

I started off singing classical music in choir, and though I had fun it never felt like the right fit. So I went on to musical theater, gospel, opera, singer-songwriter, and then finally on to Jazz.

Jazz was really what lead me in the direction I’ve ended up in.

 

Q: How have the last 12 months been for you?

The last twelve months have been fun, and filled with challenge. I have finally found my band in Brooklyn, and have been playing on a regular basis in the city.

 

Q: Who inspires you musically?

My inspirations are all over the map. Some of my major influences were Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, Chet Baker, Diane Reeves, Errol Garner, and Monk. Then on the other side I had The Indigo Girls, The Pixies, Ani Difranco, Tracy Chapman, and the list goes on.

 

Q: Which modern day artists do you look up to?

Right now I think that Florence Welch is one of the most outstanding new artists out there. I love the fact that her chops are truly unreal, and she is such a little nut job with the way she represents herself. She makes it easier for all of us to fly our freak flags.

 

McClain Sullivan

McClain Sullivan

McClain Sullivan

McClain Sullivan

 

Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?

Ani Difranco, hands down. It would be an honor.

 

Q: What songs are you listening to at the moment?

I have been listening to Emeli Sande, The Ravonettes, Little Hurricane, and also a lot of Michael Kiwanuka (what a voice!).

 

Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?

Every song is different. Most of the time it’s me in a room brainstorming, and trying new things out.

 

Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?

They kind of hold hands in importance. They are best friends.

 

Q: Where are you based?

I am based in Brooklyn, NY.

 

Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?

Well, I am actually from Seattle, but have been moving around since I was 15. I moved to New York when I was 17, and it changed my life. Since then I’ve been in Austin, Wilmington, NC, Boston, and always find my way back to Brooklyn. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

 

Q: What are you currently working on?

I just recently got my full band together out here, and we have been working hard together. We have a great live show together, and plan on recording our full length this winter. We are all super excited.

 

Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?

I opened for The Roots years back with my partner in crime Fuzz Jackson. We have a hip-hop duo Fuzz and Mac. That was one of the first times that I felt like the rush of people screaming when I get on stage.

 

Q: What are you hoping to achieve in over the next 12 months?

My usual answer, super stardom.

 

McClain Sullivan

McClain Sullivan

McClain Sullivan

McClain Sullivan

 

Q: Do you have any gigs or shows that you’d like to tell us about?

My next show is at Sullivan Hall, June 12th at 9. It’s a great venue, and with a great line up as well.

 

Q: What do you do to relax?

I am a huge book nerd. It’s always been my escape.

 

Q: Where would your favorite holiday (vacation) be and why?

Anywhere tropical. Just give me the beach, and I am a happy camper. I find the ocean very inspiring.

 

Q: If you could give a little piece of advice for new or aspiring musicians what would it be?

One of my mentors Ted Sod once said to me, “Once you start worrying about what the audience is thinking, you stop being an artist”.

 

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?

I’m never happier then when I’m on stage.

 

McClain Sullivan

McClain Sullivan

McClain Sullivan

McClain Sullivan

 

 

 

Editor’s Note: With inspiring lyrics and an eclectic, jazz infused tone, McClain Sullivan shines individuality but with a distinct commercial edge. If you have a chance make sure you check out some of McClain’s live shows. Definitely one of Song Revelation’s Ones to Watch

 

If you’d like to check out more of McClain Sullivan’s tracks or get in touch, just follow the links below:

Website:  http://www.mcclainsullivan.com

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/mcclain-sullivan

Reverbnation: http://www.reverbnation.com/mcclainsullivan

Bandcamp: http://mcclainsullivan.bandcamp.com/album/mcclain-sullivan

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/msmacsully

Twitter: https://twitter.com/McClainSullivan

Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/mcclainsullivan

Artist Interview – Naia Kete

Naia Kete is an upcoming pop-reggae inspired singer-songwriter from Los Angeles. You may recognize Naia from the latest season of The Voice and after listening to some of Naia’s newest solo work we were really impressed so were delighted when she took the time to be interviewed by Song Revelation. Read on to discover, amongst other things, where Naia Kete’s recently been performing, who she would love to collaborate with given a chance and what she does to relax when not working.

 

Naia Kete

Naia Kete

 

Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are what would it be?

I am an earthy songstress with a pop-reggae sound infused with neo-soul colored and jazzy influences sprinkled in my voice.

 

Q: What is your musical background?

Music was everywhere growing up. My Mom, Dad and Step-Dad all played together in a reggae group, that my brother joined by the time he was 9 as the drummer, and I joined when I was 12. Though I started as a back-up vocalist and 2nd keyboard player, I soon became the lead on keyboards and started singing my own songs in the group. This gave me an incredible foundation as a performer and gave me real roots in reggae music that has truly been the basis for my sound. I was 17 when I recorded my first EP at the Institute for Musical Arts in Goshen, MA that really jump-started my career as a solo artist eventually leading me to Los Angeles where I developed a fan base busking on the streets of Santa Monica and performing at various venues including the Hotel Cafe in Hollywood.

 

Q: How have the last 12 months been for you?

A lot of hard work! I’ve been on and off the road performing everywhere from Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco to Iowa, Madison and Chicago, New York City, Boston, Maryland, Tuscon and Tempe, AZ and one of my favorites, SXSW in Austin, TX… just to name a few. I got a chance to open up for some incredible artists including Ozomatli and Michael Franti. I’ve been working tirelessly on my upcoming EP, Fire Breather (to be released June 11th), writing songs for the EP with such greats including Colbie Caillat, Linda Perry, Mikal Blue… too many to name. Of course, in between times, still hustling on the streets with my brother. I have a new band. A 4 piece, so we’ve been working hard perfecting our live show, as well as making our social networks a main priority, filming YouTube videos every week and always on Twitter and Facebook connecting with fans as much as we can. Just doing anything and everything I can to develop myself and my artistry and grow my fan base. It’s been an amazing year and I feel very blessed. 

 

Q: Who inspires you musically?

Too many to name!  From a very young age though the people who have always been there are India Arie, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Michael Franti, Bob Marley (and the whole Marley fam), Steel Pulse, The Roots, Norah Jones. In recent years I find myself really getting into Coldplay and Incubus…. Foo Fighters. I love John Mayer and The Civil Wars. Bruno Mars is just an out of control singer and performer. Adele floors me. I mean I could really just go on and on but that could take days and a lot of pages so I guess I’ll just leave it at that for now :)

 

Q: Which modern day artists do you look up to?

Well I mentioned a number of them in the question above. Overall, I love artists that don’t fit into any one box. The artists that are really able to create their own lane as opposed to trying to follow one. That’s why artists like Adele and Bruno Mars are so great to me. Is Bruno rock? Pop? Reggae? Soul? No! And Yes! He’s all of it, and he’s been able to get a group of people around him who trust his vision enough and really make it universally accessible and commercially successful without compromising who he is, what he wants to say, or the type of music he wants to create. That’s the artist I want to be. That’s the artist I am.

 

Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?

Once again, the above artists come to mind. Someone I haven’t mentioned yet though is Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. The way the just exploded onto the scene truly blows my mind. I’ve always loved rap and have a secret desire to be an MC myself, except that I can’t write raps at all! Still, I’d love to collaborate with an MC and I have just fallen in love with Macklemore and what he has to say. I feel he’s the type of artist who understands that he has a responsibility to the listener and truly say something of substance and I really respect that. I also have always thought that a tour with Jason Mraz or Colbie Caillat would really work well for my sound. The show I did opening for Michael Franti was like a dream come true and I’m hoping to go on the road with him someday as well… ah the dreams. There are a lot of them.

 

Q: What songs are you listening to at the moment?

I’m really digging Janelle Monae’s new track with Erykah Badu. I just love the female empowerment in that song and in the video. I just released a cover of Trojan’s by Atlas Genius on YouTube. A very cool song to begin with, and it inspired a lot of creativity in me. I feel like I turned an alternative pop rock song into some kind of fun acoustic, pop, reggae with a rap in it. Haha! I love it when that happens though. You can approach music from so many different angles and when a band has a song that lights a fire like that in you, that’s pretty awesome.

 

Naia Kete

Naia Kete

 

Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?

There’s no one way to do it. However, I find more often than not I’m sitting on my bed, guitar in hand. I come up with a chord progression first, and the melody and words follow. Sometimes it’s easy and I write a song in half an hour. Other times I have to keep coming back to it and it takes months. Either way though, it feels AMAZING when it’s done.

 

Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?

Man, I go back and forth on this. In my opinion though, the melody is what grabs you… the seductive aspect of listening to a song. However, the lyrics are what get you emotionally connected and keeps you coming back for more. Both are equally important for different reasons.

 

Q: Where are you based?

Los Angeles

 

Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?

Well, originally I’m from Western, MA. It’s incredible there. An amazing atmosphere. An incredible community. A small town vibe, while still having a lot going on. I have so much support so even living all the way across the country I still feel that. But nothing can really prepare you for the hustle and competition that it can be like living in Los Angeles. But I’ve done my best to be open to it and stay humble, and so far, it’s been good to me.

 

Q: What are you currently working on?

I’m just finishing up my third EP, Fire Breather, now. It’s going to be released June 11th and I couldn’t be more excited!

 

Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?

A definite highlight for me was getting to be a contestant on Season 2 of The Voice on NBC. I made it to the live rounds being in the top 24 contestants out of 48. It was such an incredible experience. From the stand point of having this incredible platform and exposure to new fans, while learning so much about myself, my nerves, how I need to make sure I represent myself in the way I know I have to. It was great. I’m very grateful.

 

Q: What are you hoping to achieve in over the next 12 months?

I’m hoping to be on the road as much as I possibly can. Sell lots and lots of copies of my EP both in physical and digital form, and really get a big leap in my social network. I’d like to make it to 1,000,000 views on YouTube and for at least one of my videos to go viral. Just gotta keep putting that content out there!

 

Q: Do you have any gigs or shows that you’d like to tell us about?

Yes! I’ve got some really exciting festivals coming up this summer including Bonnaroo, Outside Lands, High Sierra and California Roots Festival. Bonnaroo is happening in June and just a few of the artists on that bill include Paul McCartney, Mumford and Sons, Bjork, The Lumineers, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Nas, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers. It’s going to be INSANE and I can’t wait. Anyone who’s going let me know!

 

Naia Kete

Naia Kete

 

Q: What do you do to relax?

I salsa dance! At least once or twice a week when I can. It’s one of the most amazing feelings on the planet as far as I’m concerned.

 

Q: Where would your favourite holiday (vacation) be and why?

Hawaii. I’ve only been there once, but I have never felt more alive, at peace, at ease or experienced so much joy from a physical place on this earth. At least not yet. I love the ocean. I love the island mentality. And I have always believed (and heard) that people there would really dig my music and vibe.

 

Q: If you could give a little piece of advice for new or aspiring musicians what would it be?

Wake up every day and ask yourself, what can I do to move my career forward? Then do it! Is it going to be writing a song? Booking a show? Updating your mailing list? Getting on twitter, Facebook or YouTube? Whatever it is, just do it and be consistent about it. Oh yeah, and don’t EVER give up or take no for an answer. If music is your passion, then that’s what you should be doing with your life. Period.

 

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?

The first single off my EP is available on iTunes and the music video can be seen on YouTube. It’s a song called “Crazy Glue” written on my very first writing trip to Nashville with Shelly Fairchild and Phillip Lassiter and produced by The Futuristics. Check it out! :)

 

 

 

Editor’s Note: Naia Kete’s unique vocals mould effortlessly with her songs spine tingling pop-reggae inspired songs. We’re sure you’ll be hearing a lot more of Naia Kete!

If you’d like to get in touch with Naia Kete just follow the links below:

Website: http://www.naiakete.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kete.devibrown

Twitter: https://twitter.com/naiakete

 

Artist Interview – Blaire Alise and the Bombshells

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.

 

Blaire Alise and the Bombshells

Blaire Alise and the Bombshells

Blaire Alise and the Bombshells

Blaire Alise and the Bombshells

 

 

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.

 

Blaire Alise

Blaire Alise

Blaire Alise and the Bombshells

Blaire Alise and the Bombshells

 

 

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?

Detroit, Michigan

 

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.

 

QWhat 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.

 

Blaire Alise and the Bombshells

Blaire Alise and the Bombshells

Blaire Alise

Blaire Alise

 

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!

 

If you’d like to check out more from Blaire Alise and the Bombshells or get in touch, just follow the links below:

 

Website:  http://blairealise.com/home.cfm

iTunes:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/ep-single/id606697209

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOkk8dt1zLvKss18o9pOP2g?feature=guide

Bandcamp: http://blairealise.bandcamp.com

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Blaire-Alise/131679843642346?ref=ts&fref=ts

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