Artist Interview – Lachi

Lachi is a singer-songwriter and performer from NYC and is our latest Sonicbids competition winner. Lachi has already opened for some pretty incredible acts and after checking out some of her work we realised why. Read the full in depth interview below where Lachi discusses her current career highlgiths, what she’s hoping to achieve next year and how she became interested in music initially.

 

Lachi

 

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 NYC based soul-infused pop-rock singer-songwriter with a positive message.

 

Q: What is your musical background?

I am self taught on piano and guitar, imitating what I would hear on the TV and Radio and applying that to songwriting.  I took a semester of classical voice lessons in college as well.

 

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

The last twelve months contained a combination of raising funds for the upcoming album at the end of 2011, to recording the new album throughout 2012.  It’s been a year of much work and progress.

 

Q: Who inspires you musically?

Apart from Chopin, Mozart, Beethoven and Yanni, I grew up listening to the Beatles, Radiohead, Smashing Pumkins, Fiona Apple, Sublime…

 

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

I admire Pink.  She’s got a consistently good music, a good message and great energy.

 

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

I am interested in collaborating with more urban artists and allowing pop, rock and urban to come together to form a synergetic off spring with a sonic sum greater than its parts.

 

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

I’m listening to sum dub-step these days.  Deadmau5 is currently at the top of my list for Dubstop / Club Mix music.

 

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

Often the hook comes first, perhaps in the shower, on the bus, at a party, as I’m walking to the subway.  The rest of the song revolves around and grows from the hook.

 

Lachi

 

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

To the masses, melody is more important, something catchy and hooky.  To the songwriter, it’s usually about the story-line, the comples lyrics and how they intertwine with the melody.

 

Q: Where are you based?

NYC.

 

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

NYC is where people come to “live.”  The city is very organic and constantly moving.

 

Q: What are you currently working on? 

The next album to be released 2013. “Make Some Noise”.

 

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

My band and I have opened for Patti LaBelle at Pridefest Milwaukee; we’ve opened for Questlove (The Roots) at Brooklyn Academy of Music; we’ve performed on the CW and have had are music played on national TV and Radio.

 

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

Release the next album and make an even greater sonic impact.

 

Q: What do you do to relax?

I play the guitar or the piano idly.  Sometimes songs are born here as well.  I exercise or take a bath to relax also.

 

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

I’ve always wanted to go to Australia.  I’ve been to Europe and Africa already, and would want to encounter a very different culture with species and customs only present to its locale, but also be able to get around and enjoy the different comforts.

 

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

Be good to people.  It goes a long way.

 

Lachi

 

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

Please look out for “Make Some Noise” releasing early 2013, and check out the title track single “Make Some Noise” already out on iTunes, Amazon, eMusic and all other online stores!  Be the change you wish to see!

 

Editor’s Note: Lachi has a voice like silk that also combines great variation and dynamicism. This sits atop some great instrumental work. Definitely one to watch!

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

Website: www.lachimusic.com

Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/lachi

Reverbnation: reverbnation.com/lachi

YouTube: youtube.com/ulachi

Bandcamp: lachi.bandcamp.com

Facebook: facebook.com/lachimusic

Twitter: twitter.com/ulachi

Myspace: myspace.com/lachimusic

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Artist Interview – Gina Zavalis

Gina Zavalis is a Singer-Songwriter from New York. At Song Revelation when we first heard Gina’s incredible voice we were impressed and wanted to know more. We were delighted, despite an increasingly hectic schedule, when we managed to arrange an interview with Gina. Read on to discover, amongst other things, Gina Zavalis’ musical inspirations, what she’s currently working on and what it’s like living and working in New York City!

 

Gina Zavalis

Gina Zavalis

 

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

“To evoke something…a moment, a memory, an experience through my performance so they can walk away with something meaningful”.

 

Q: What is your musical background?

Wow! I’ve been singing on pitch since the age of 2 ½ years old and singing and training professionally since the age of 10.  My training is rooted in opera and musical theatre. I spent many years performing leading roles in NYC and doing Regional Theatre and National Tours of shows. I was encouraged by many to branch out and pursue a solo singing career and write my own music so – here I am!

 

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

Exciting, dynamic, wonderful, very busy and filled with blessings.  You’ll be seeing and experiencing a whole new Gina and so far, I’ve received nothing but positive responses! I’ve met wonderful A-List producers, managers, agents, radio promoters, photographers, stylists, the fan base has increased, CD sales have dramatically increased and everything seems to be moving forward.   We will premiere the Official Gina Zavalis You Tube Channel and booking more performances. I have an excellent PR company based in LA, LaFamos. I work with Art of the Game on elite bookings, based in Nashville. Last but not least, I have an amazing manager in Scott McReynolds, whom I am very grateful and blessed to have.

 

Q: Who inspires you musically? 

I am old school. I am inspired by the classic singers – Judy Garland, Etta James, Barbra Streisand, Patti LuPone and Ella Fitzgerald. Also inspired by Celine Dion, Yanni, Whitney Houston, Josh Groban, Linda Eder, and Adele. I could go on…

 

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

I’d have to say anyone who is a seriously trained vocalist. In my opinion that would be Celine Dion, Lara Fabian, Josh Groban, Barbra Streisand, Mario Frangoulis & Linda Eder, Nathan Pacheco, Jon Secada, Mick Hucknall of Simply Red.

 

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

I would love to perform with Yanni, Josh Groban, Nathan Pacheco, Mario Frangoulis, Mick Hucknall, Jon Secada, Celine Dion, and Martin Gore of Depeche Mode. Collaborate with Kara DioGuardi, Linda Perry, David Foster, among many others!  Come to think of it, I think Adam Lambert and me would tear the house down!

 

Gina Zavalis

 

Q: What songs are on your iPod at the moment?

I listen to everything under the stars. Everything from Adele to Steely Dan to Rush to Celine Dion to Duran Duran to Florence and the Machine to Depeche Mode to Beethoven J

 

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

I can’t just sit down and decide to write. The inspiration must come to me, so I never know when it will hit me. I always have a small notebook with me for this reason.  I collaborate with my producer on songs.  On the last CD I wrote the lyrics and my producer wrote the music to the songs we wrote. However, on the new CD I will be writing music as well, so I’ll be much more involved.  I love the creative process and putting all the puzzle pieces together when creating a song. I especially love figuring out the melody as I am singing it and want to make sure it’s the best it can be. There are a million ways to write it, so it’s fun and challenging at the same time.

 

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

Both. I believe both have to fit together like a perfect puzzle in order to create the effect you want to have when performing it. As an artist, my mission is to make the audience walk away feeling something. In order to do that, the song must be perfectly written so that you can perform it with passion and communicate the meaning of the song to the audience.  If both can come together – you can create transformation in the audience, and that’s what they will walk away with and hold with them forever.

 

Q: Where are you based?

In New York City – the best city in the world!

 

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

I was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and I wouldn’t give it up for the world. When you are raised in one of the greatest cities in the world, it’s a blessing. When I travel I am able to appreciate New York City more and more upon arriving home. The Big Apple is the best!  I haven’t found a city yet that beats it.  Growing up here, I came out with a great education in private schools and in attending Fordham University plus I have street sense. So, I can handle myself in a variety of situations.  Look out!

 

Q: What are you currently working on? 

What are we not working on? LOL!  We are working on launching a Kickstarter fundraising campaign, the launching of the new Official Gina Zavalis website, the Official Gina Zavalis You Tube page, booking performance dates at elite venues, and a brand new CD with producer David Grow who is the producer of Jim Brickman.  I am super excited for 2012 & 2013!

 

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

I’d have to say a few. Recently I was chosen by Clear Channel and iHeartRadio as a “New! Uncover & Discover Artist” and an “Artist to Watch.”  The critics are quoted as saying; I’m going to be the next Celine Dion, Barbra Streisand, Carrie Underwood and the next great American voice. Lastly, it’s always an honor when baseball hall of famer, Tom Seaver quotes on National television, “Wow! Gina Zavalis! That’s the best we’ve heard all year!” I am humbled and feel very blessed by the accolades.

 

Gina Zavalis

 

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

I want to have a successful Kickstarter campaign so I can record my new CD the way we really want to and set up a National and European tour.

 

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

I am booked to sing at private parties in New York City, the Hamptons, NY and in Westchester, NY as well as some private parties in elite towns in NJ and CT.  I am also in the process of booking charity events that will take place in the fall.

 

Q: What do you do to relax?

I am an avid reader and a huge fan of the TV show Criminal Minds and British Comedies.  I’m also a spa girl. I go to the spa regularly and pamper myself.  Sometimes I’ll just take a bubble bath at home, have a great glass of wine and read. The peace and quiet does me good!

 

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

Italy, Cyprus, Greece, London. I have relatives and friends who live in all those places and would love to explore the art, culture, history and just relax and take in what all the locals do!  I am Italian/Greek/German and want to see my family – that would be awesome! Some live in London, so to get an extra trip out of it would be great! Plus, I’d get to see all my friends in London – bonus!

 

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

Learn everything you can about the music business and soak up all you can. If you just focus on your music and know nothing about how the music business works, you will find yourself lost and most likely in a lot of debt. Branding and marketing are everything. Learn about that while honing your craft. Remember, you can spend a ton of money and record a killer CD, but who is going to buy it if you don’t have an audience? So, market and brand yourself and keep it consistent. Don’t stop studying. Nobody is perfect and nobody should ever stop practicing and studying. Know your strengths and your weaknesses and embrace them. My PR Firm, LaFamos, has the best tagline “It’s not who you know, it’s who knows you.” So get out there in every way you can, in the most professional, polished way you can within your budget and present yourself in the best light possible. You must figure out what makes you different from everyone else out there. Make them say “Wow!”

 

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

I love my cats, I love a strong cup of coffee and vanilla lattes, and I love the music of the 80’s.  I love great intellectual conversation and a great formage plate with an amazing glass of fine wine.   Best of all, I still take voice lessons with the same teacher I had since I was a child. She is the greatest!  I’m a makeup, skincare and beauty product girl – I can tell you about every product on the market from the drugstore to the designer brands! Oh, and I will dominate the AC/Pop/Classical world someday J

 

Editor’s Note: Gina Zavalis’ vocal oozes technicality, style and sensuality. At Song Revelation we’re looking forward to Gina’s next album with a great deal of anticipation. Definitely one of Song Revelation’s “Artists to Watch”.

 

If you’d like to learn more about or get in touch wih Gina Zavalis just follow the links below:

Websitewww.ginazavalis.com

Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/ginazavalis

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/ginazavalis

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ginazavalis

Twitter: www.twitter.com/ginazavalis

Myspace: www.myspace.com/ginazavalis

Artist Interview – Kevin Martin

Kevin Martin is a creative indie musician from San Diego California and is Song Revelation’s feature interview winner. Kevin has some great material, combining well thought out lyrics with memorable melodies and we were delighted to be given an opportunity to share it with you. Read the full, in-depth, feature interview below where Kevin discusses, amongst other things, what he’s recently been working on, what he does to relax and what he’s hoping to achieve over the next 12 months.

 

Kevin Martin

Kevin Martin

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

Kevin Martin is a scruffy nova of creativity, creating tightly wound pop, with a Beatle-esque aura.

 

Q: What is your musical background?

Took Classical piano lessons from age7-18, Performed in Musicals in High School. I’ve been writing songs and performing in bands since I was 12. I listened to a lot of Barry Manilow, The Carpenters and Burt Bacharach growing up. My parents didn’t have a lot of different music around. So I my mind was blown when I heard The Beatles for the first time. I was like 11.

 

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

I’ve been so focused these past 12 months. I work full time at a restaurant and I play shows and record constantly. People are responding well to my music and I’m selling a lot of CD’s overseas, which is super awesome. I look at each day as the next step towards more success. It’s been working so far.

 

 

Q: Who inspires you musically?

I’m inspired by the greats: Queen, The Beatles, Elton John, but also Beck and Radiohead. There are so many great bands. I could list about 20 more, but I’ll spare you all that and just give you those as my top 5.

 

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

I really admire Muse. Not only are they an amazing band with an inspiring live show, but they’re message is on point and they are fearless in the way that they put themselves out there. I also am really loving the band FUN. I got to meet them at Sunset Sessions when I played a showcase there this past year, and those guys are just awesome to be around and play great music. That’s exactly the vibe that I try and have on stage.

 

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

I would love to write and collaborate with Adele. Her voice is so insane and I think I could write some interesting stuff for her to groove to. I’d also love to work with Ben Kweller. I’ve always loved him. We seem like we’d hit it off and write well together.

 

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

Call It What You Want by: Foster The People. I love that song. The piano part is genius.

Am I Forgiven by: Rumer. She sounds like the reincarnation of Karen Carpenter.

 

Kevin Martin

Kevin Martin

 

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

Stuff pops into my head. I grab my iPad and video myself playing it. I show it to my producer. He tells me if he likes it or not. Then we build the track and just go from there. It’s all spontaneous and I never try and write a particular style or theme. It just comes out the way it does and it’s either good or it’s not.

 

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

I believe that they are equally important. I tend to write them at the same time, because that’s just how I work. It either all flows out at once or I have to wait and try it again later when I’m inspired. Well crafted songs have meaningful lyrics and a memorable melody. I tend to lean more towards melody though. A great melody can hide some bad lyrics. Just listen to any Brittney Spears song.

 

Q: Where are you based?

I live in Northern San Diego County

 

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

I live in a climatic wonderland. My home is my sanctuary where I relax and slow my mind down. I have about 50 hummingbirds that live on my property. My drummer Josh calls my house the Hummingbird Hotel. I’ve lived in the same house since I was 3 years old, so for me it’s magical. Also on a more practical note, I’m close enough to San Diego and L.A. to where I can play shows there and come home fairly easily.

 

Q: What are you currently working on?

I’m currently working on a new album called “Future Friends” We’ve currently got 16 amazing songs to make the record. So the hardest part is deciding which songs to cut.  I’ve created a kickstarter campaign to raise money so I can get it mixed, mastered & duplicated. So right now I’m in the middle of recording and also spreading the word about my kickstarter campaign.

 

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

Everyday is a highlight for me. I look at everything I do as a gift and I’m grateful that I get to live the life I live. I get to wake up, work hard at my day job, then create music and play rock shows. For me, the journey is the best part. I never know where I’ll be tomorrow. So I guess for me, the highlight of my career is unknown.

 

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

Exceed my kickstarter goal by $5,000. Release “Future Friends”.  Get massive radio play. Get signed to a major label. tour the world. Make my 3rd album.

 

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Kevin Martin

 

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

Concerts at the Cove in Solana Beach Aug. 16th All shows are posted on my website and Facebook page.

 

Q: What do you do to relax?

Meditate in my garden & observe nature. Those are the simplest ways to stay in balance.

 

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

I would love to go back to Costa Rica. I traveled there right out of high school and backpacked through the Jungle for several months, camping and meeting people. I ended up in Panama where I met some travelers from Argentina. So we decided to travel back up to Costa Rica together. Traveling in that fashion is the most profound experience. You meet real people, live more in the moment and really end up finding out a lot about yourself that you didn’t know.

 

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

Do what you love to do. Find people that you trust and work with them. Don’t listen to critics or people who review your music. Do what makes you happy and have that be your driving force.

 

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

Everything we need to know is already within us.

Editor’s Note: Kevin Martin writes music from the heart but has a great deal of technical expertise too. At Song Revelation we’re looking forward how his career develops.

 

 

If you’d like to contact Kevin Martin or check out more of his impressive material just follow the links below:

Website: www.kevinmartinmusic.com

Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/scheffxp/sets/kevin-martin-throwback-pop

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

YouTube: www.youtube.com/kevinmartinmusic

Bandcamp: www.kevinmartinmusic.bandcamp.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/kevinmartinmusic

Twitter: http://twitter.com/ThatKevinMartin 

Myspace: www.myspace.com/butterflypalace

Artist Interview – Mike Bauer

Mike Bauer is a talented Songwriter and vocalist from Los Angeles and is our latest Sonicbids competition winner. Despite Mike working extremely hard towards his California Bar Exam alongside his music, we were really happy when he agreed to be interviewed by Song Revelation. Read on to find out about Mike’s musical background, what he’s been working on for the last 12 months and his current career highlights.

 

Mike Bauer

 

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Q: What are you called?

Oh, this is an easy one, my name is Mike Bauer. I put all of my creativity into writing so when it came time to come up with a stage name, I just went with the one my parents gave me.

 

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

As for myself, I am a happy easy-going, whistle while I work sorta guy. As for my music, honest experiences disguised with pop, soul and some underlying jazz connotations.

 

Q: What is your musical background?

I grew up surrounded by music. My grandfather used to tap dance and sing on the Lawrence Welk show (Larry Dean), my father was a big band singer, and my sister (Alisha Bauer) is an incredible professional cellist who has played with everyone from Bruno Mars to Andrea Bocelli. Naturally, I gravitated towards music, starting with voice, trumpet in 4th grade, piano in junior high, guitar and bass in college, and basically any other instrument I can get my hands on and fool around with.

 

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

CHAOS!!! In the last 12 months, I started my last year of law school, worked for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles, competed in several national Trial Advocacy competitions, recorded my very first Ep (aptly titled “Financial Aid, Vol. 1″ in tribute to my many law school loans), played at SXSW in Austin, TX for the first time, graduated from law school, and started studying for the bar (which is what I am currently doing).

 

Q: Who inspires you musically?

I love great vocalists. I grew up listening to standards so, Sarah Vaughn, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald (mmm I love her voice!), Billie Holiday, Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby, FRANK OF COURSE!!! Miles Davis, I still have “Kind of Blue” on constant rotation (flamenco sketches is perfection), Sting is ridiculous… Just to name a few!

 

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

Now, I love Arcade Fire, Sigur Ros, Bon Iver, the Portland Cello Project, Thao (she’s so sexy the way she feels the music), Bruno Mars and Jason Mraz (most versatile male voices out there right now), and I’ve been listening a lot to my friend Kawehi, she’s super talented. I love super talented people.

 

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

I love collaborating with other artists. It really pushes your boundaries because no two musicians are alike and have the same influences. I’d love to harmonize with Boyz II Men, play shows with Jason Mraz because he so quirky, and recently I’ve met great artists like Johnny StratKawehi, and Joe Flatt who would be awesome to work with or play with, not only because they are incredibly talented, but because you can also tell they are good people.

 

Q: What songs are on your iPod at the moment?

Oh man, that thing is full. It’s pretty eclectic, I range from Robin Thicke to Yo-Yo Ma and everything in between.

 

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

The first thing I do is come up with a mood. Often times my circumstances or current state of mind will be the predominate influence on said mood. From there, I begin structuring a chord progression that mirrors that mood and start determining what my chorus progressions would be along with my verse progressions or bridge progressions. From there, I begin thinking of subject matter that will also embody the mood and begin humming out the melodies for the chorus and verses respectively (I ALWAYS start with the chorus). Finally, when that is all worked out and I have my mood set, my progression that mirrors the mood structured, my melody for all components are ironed out, I begin crafting the lyrics to fit the syncopation of my melody and bring my mood to life lyrically. That is my base and from there I begin adding components and instrumentation.

 

Mike Bauer

Mike Bauer

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

BOTH! If you don’t have a good melody, the lyrics get lost, if you don’t have good lyrics, the melody means nothing. You gotta have both!

 

Q: Where are you based?

I live in Los Angeles, CA, but I came from Colorado! Sometimes I really miss the open fields and the mountains… But then I remember it never snows in LA and is almost always 75 degrees. I’ll take it.

 

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

It’s surreal… It can be pretty superficial here and the traffic is certainly nuts, but its picturesque and you are literally surrounded by the best and brightest of every industry. Whether it be law or music, there are so many wonderfully talented people you can learn from here.

 

Q: What are you currently working on?

Currently, I have my guitar locked up until I finish the California Bar exam which is July 24 – 26. After that, I plan on finishing “Financial Aid, Vol. 2″ which is half way done, and then beginning work on the third and final Ep “Financial Aid, Vol. 3.” Why the three Eps you ask?!? Well, I figured from a practicality stand point, as new artists, it’s better to generate a buzz with each Ep release, then to just release one Lp and have only one bite at the buzz apple if you will. Additionally, it’s a fun little homage to my other life as a recent law school grad as law school consisted of three years, thus, three different years for student loans, hence the three volume Ep for each year to help pay back those loans! It’s perfectly cheesy yet fun.

 

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

Playing SXSW was pretty awesome. Though I must say, I am so not a punk rocker or indie rocker so I felt a little out of place. Fortunately, the sponsors and the crowd were incredibly welcoming. Also, finally releasing my music so people can actually get it. Shameless iTunes plug where you can buy my Ep!!! One of the coolest things came when I was studying in a coffee shop for finals this last semester. I was sitting there beating community property into my brain when suddenly, a familiar song came on over the coffee shop’s Spotify radio, “While We Are Here” from my first Ep that I had just released. It made me pretty giddy, I won’t deny it. I instantly started watching those around me to see if they were being hypnotized by my melodic riffs, but alas, there was only the occasional toe tap, no hypnotic effects.

 

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

PASS THE CALIFORNIA BAR EXAM!!!! Then release two more four song Eps!!! If Conan invited me to play on his show, that would be okay too.

 

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

Man, I’ve been getting some fantastic opportunities for gigs recently but I’ve had to reluctantly pass due to my bar study schedule. Once I am free from this monster, I will get back out there and you can check my facebook page which will have all my gig updates once I get back out there.

 

Q: What do you do to relax?

I know it is probably a little feminine to say this, but I don’t care…. BUBBLE BATHS! I love me some bubble baths, with candles, bubbles (preferable the old school standby “Mr. Bubbles”), some good music, with a nice tall glass of Macallan 12 or 18, neat, no rocks.

 

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

Any beach with see through ocean water. I love warm weather, sand between my toes, and good company. There is just something about a secluded beach on a tropical isle, with a beach towel and a perfectly warm yet slightly breezy day… Sigh.

  

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

No one is going to come find you!!! You have to find yourself and then be your own advocate. All the talent in the world is nothing without effort, honing your craft and putting something together like an Ep or a demo that illustrates that craft. I used to think “hey, I can sing, if I just keep playing gigs someone will find me.”  You might get some interest but if you have nothing to give them that they will remember you by, or something they can already build on, forget it… They will find someone who does.

 

Mike Bauer

Mike Bauer

 

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

If you’ve made it to this final Q & A, thank you so very much! Thank you for taking the time to get to know me, thank you for listening to any of my music if you have, and thank you to Song Revelation for giving independent artists a platform to meet wonderful readers and music lovers like yourself… Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

 

Editor’s Note: Mike Bauer’s original music and great voice brings a great ambience, and laid-back vibe wherever it’s played. We’re looking forward to Mike’s album and after checking out Mike’s tunes, sure you are too.

 

If you’d like to learn more about or contact Mike Bauer just follow the links below:

 

twitter link: https://twitter.com/#!/MikeBauerMusic

facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/mbauermusic

soundcloud link: http://soundcloud.com/mike-bauer-music

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Artist Interview – Sunday Lane

Sunday Lane is an upcoming Singer Songwriter who is originally from Tulsa but is currently living and working in LA. When we first checked out Sunday’s unique yet commercial music we were really keen to interview her for Song Revelation. Despite her increasingly hectic schedule we were delighted when she agreed. Read on to find out about Sunday’s musical background, her current career highlights and what she does to relax when not working.

 

Sunday Lane

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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’m an old soul with a heavy heart who’s got a crush on falling in love. My music reflects that with rhymes and melody.

That was 24 words. Whoops.

 

Q: What is your musical background?

I’m a classically trained pianist (thanks, Mrs. Whitby!) I’ve never taken voice lessons, but I’ve been singing since I was 4 and writing since I was 15.

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

BUSY and wonderful. I’m currently working on three separate projects: full length solo album, full-length producer electro/pop album, and an EP with the band Thick as Thieves. I’ve got a lot of music coming out in the near future and I’m super excited to share it!

 

Q: Who inspires you musically?

I’ve recently really enjoyed The Head and the Heart, but Ryan Adams, Tegan & Sara, and Bon Iver are my go to’s.

 

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

I really look up to Lissie. She’s so incredibly talented. I got to see her live last year, and I was just blown away by how amazing she sounded! Also, I found out we both went to Musicians Institute, which is pretty tight.

 

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

Lissie! And Tegan & Sara. And Ryan Adams. And Bon Iver.

 

Sunday Lane

 

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

The Head and The Heart’s whole album is incredible. Go buy it. Really. So worth it! I also really like Bon Iver’s new album.

 

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

A lot of my favorite melodies/lyric ideas come to me at inopportune times (such as at restaurants, driving, shower, etc.) so I’ve been known to randomly run to the restroom or outside and sing into my phone. I probably look like a crazy person, but it’s a risk I’m willing to take in order to not lose a song! J

 

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

I’m a sucker for solid lyrics, but a beautiful melody can make the simplest phrases poetry.

 

Q: Where are you based?

I’m currently living in LA, but I’m from Tulsa, OK.

 

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

It’s great. Tulsa is such an awesome city. I’d love to live there again someday!

 

Q: What are you currently working on?

A full-length solo album, full-length producer electro album, and an EP with the band Thick as Thieves

 

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

Two of my songs being played on One Tree Hill!

 

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

I’ll hopefully be able to do a tour with my solo stuff well as with Thick as Thieves. I’d also love to get some more TV placements with my solo stuff.

 

Sunday Lane

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

I’ll have an album release show in late March, but I haven’t nailed down a date/location yet.

 

Q: What do you do to relax?

Drink a glass of red wine and listen to Fleetwood Mac’s album  “Rumours” on vinyl. It’s a magical combination.

 

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

Crested Butte, CO because it’s tucked away in the mountains and is the cutest little town in America. I’ve been going there my whole life and it’s just absolutely wonderful.

 

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

Don’t write a song with the intention of it being a hit, write it because it’s pressing against your heart and you’ve got to get it out. Also, surround yourself with people who inspire you creatively and support you.

 

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

Just that I really want a golden retriever puppy but I know that I’m not responsible enough. Sigh.

 

Editor’s Note: As soon as we heard Sunday Lane’s heartfelt lyrics and unique, yet commercial, sound we were totally hooked. We can’t wait until Sunday’s new material is released at Song Revelation.

 

If you’d like to learn more about or contact Sunday Lane just follow the links below.

Website: http://sundaylane.com/

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

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SundayLane

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/sundaylanemusic

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

MP3: Dawn Golden and Rosy Cross’ “Blacks”

Enigmatic Chicago artist Dawn Golden and Rosy Cross is only starting to crawl out of — their? its? — shell. Well, make that his shell. The American blog darling has revealed himself to be just one person, a 24-year-old playing under a completely made-up moniker cribbed from Rosicrucian iconography. How’s that for obscure? (His given name is actually Dexter Tortoriello).

A detail of the cover for Dawn Golden and Rosy' Cross' debut EP

But these days, with the way music circulates quickly as data, that was all anyone needed to know to fall in love with his bedroom-produced, electronic indie pop. Well, that’s not an entirely accurate term. In hazy-textured songs like “Blow,” also the title of his debut EP, there are Gen-Y snippets of all kinds of styles. The songs themselves are often downtempo slow, but built on rattling pseudo-hip-hop beats, but overlaid with pop piano and mournful, singer-songwriter style vocals. It’s definitely music of the short-attention-span, iPod generation, but it comes together in a beautifully heartbreaking way.

 

The handful of tracks Tortoriello has allowed to circulate on the Internet have been enough to score a joint record deal with Downtown Records and super-producer Diplo’s own imprint, Mad Decent. It’s due out on April 12 in the States, where Dawn Golden and Rosy Cross just played its first real string of super-public dates, as part of the annual industry-centrix SXSW festival in Austin, Texas.

 

Tortoriello’s pulled his Blow EP form his Bandcamp site, which now remains surprisingly blank (http://dawngoldenandrosycross.bandcamp.com/), but you can still legally enjoy the track “Blacks” below until the next record comes out. And check out this promo trailer for Blow, but only if you’ve got a strong stomach — that mystery stain on the bed is probably best left unexplained!

 

 

MP3: Dawn Golden and Rosy Cross – “Blacks”

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Artist Interview – Heads Hearts

Heads Hearts are an electro-soul three-piece band from London consisting of Amber Taylor-Groves (Vocals & Synths), Lynne Porterfield (Bass) and Abby Tythe (Drums). When we first checked out Heads Hearts a few months ago we were really keen to interview them for Song Revelation so that we could share their music and experiences with you. Although they’re currently working diligently putting the final touches to their album release, we were delighted when they agreed. Read the full in-depth interview below where Heads Hearts discuss their musical inspirations, their current career highlights and what they’re hoping to achieve over the next 12 months.

 

Heads Hearts

 

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 electro-soul three-piece likened to the wildhaired lovechild of Crystal Castles and Florence & the Machine.

 

Q: What is your musical background?

AT-G: I started off in school musicals. And went from band to band, with a healthy mix of playing covers and writing and performing originals. The original stuff has included everything from Drum and Bass to Latin blues to what we’re doing right now.

AJT: I learnt to play drums at school then taught very briefly when I left. I didn’t play for years then joined a covers band where we played local pubs. Then I caught the Heads Hearts express.

LKP: I took piano lessons when I was 8… and failed. Ages later I taught myself bass & electric 12 string & played & wrote songs in my own band. I also jumped around like a crazy person, playing drums whilst bouncing on a trampoline, half naked and covered in day-glo paint. This was with mental art band called Caroliner Rainbow Hernia Milk Queen. We toured around the US, opening for bands like GWAR.

 

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

AT-G: So so busy and brilliant. We went through a big line-up change at the start of 2011 & we had already been booked to play some big venues and festivals, so when Lynne and Abby came aboard in February they had a lot of work to do to be match fit. Thankfully they are both super talented and very quick at learning stuff so we didn’t miss a thing. Plus we laugh so hard when we’re together, it’s been so much fun.

AJT: A lot has changed for me in the last year. A lot of hard work goes into all of this and I feel privileged to be a part of it. These ladies and everyone involved are awesome!

LKP: Busy as all get out, a helluvva lot of laughs and a bit scary… we occasionally rehearse at what we refer to as “Murder Studios”. A spider infested, Disney-decorated day care out in the middle of nowhere converted into studio space. I’m sure the ghost of Syd Barrett watches over us out there…

 

Q: Who inspires you musically?

AT-G: Basement Jaxx, Blondie, Tina Turner, Giorgio Meroda, Beyonce, Florence and the Machine, Robyn, Friendly Fires, Goldfrapp – And roughly 4000 other people.

LKP: A heavy dose of Peaches, Sabbath, Pixies, Crystal Castles and Justice with a sprinkling of Weekend Players and “Music” era Madonna (did I just admit to that?).

 

Heads Hearts - photography by Katie Lamb

 

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

AT-G: Florence and the Machine blows my mind. Not only does Florence have an extraordinary voice and beautiful stage presence the music and lyrics are outstanding. Everything they do makes me want to be better. Adele – this needs no explanation. Goldfrapp. Faithless.

LKP: Kieran Hebden / Four Tet. Pure aural heaven.

 

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

AT-G: Oh Christ, everyone who we’ve previously listed – And I genuinely think we would work well together.

AJT: Chas & Dave. I think an electro take on “Rabbit” would be beautiful.

LKP: Miike Snow for beauty and depth and CSS for a pocketful of fun.

 

Q: What songs are on your iPod at the moment?

AT-G: The other day someone very kindly managed to wiped off all the music I had on my iPhone, I now have left 5 Heads Hearts songs & “I Could Be A King” by The Dunwell Brothers.

AJT: I’m loving The Kills a lot at the moment. Also Arctic Monkeys, Feist, The Last Shadow Puppets & The Libertines.

LKP: Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix gets a lot of airplay. Also, Yelle, Miike Snow, Santogold, Robyn, Plej, Nightmares on Wax, Heads Hearts, Hurts, Gold Panda, Four Tet, Daft Punk (Tron), Destiny’s Child, Avett Brothers, Sharon Van Etten…………

 

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

AT-G: I’ve worked in many different ways when creating tracks. Most of our songs were written by myself and the other founder member of Heads Hearts. He would mostly produce a rough idea of a track and then we would both go away and listen to it and write what we though suited the music, then mix our ideas together. I would also go to him with vocal lines and he would produce a song around that. Obviously since the line-up change the creative process has changed and this year we will be doing things differently, we will be creating new material together. I’m excited about this.

 

Heads Hearts - photography by Katie Lamb

 

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

AT-G: Melody. Good lyrics are a beautiful thing, but if they are to a shit tune they will seldom get heard.

LKP: Melody. Sigur Ros and Plej have some beautiful songs and I have absolutely no idea what they are saying…

 

Q: Where are you based?

AT-G: Two of us live in Surrey and the other is from Essex, although she calls it Hertfordshire.

AJT: Maybe we could call it Essex-shire?

 

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

AT-G: I’m from a little village in Kent originally & I love it. It was in the middle of nowhere surrounded by beautiful country side, it was the perfect giant playground as a kid.

AJT: I like it. I have lived there all my life and wouldn’t mind staying put.

LKP: I’m a California girl and lived in San Francisco a good chunk of my life. It’s not without it’s faults (seismic mainly) but I miss the bejeesus out of the beautiful landscapes, mild weather and the plethora of cheap and amazing Mexican food. Also, if anyone tells you SF is full of crazies, it’s absolutely true.

 

Q: What are you currently working on?

AT-G: This interview. Working on the video for our next single ‘Dance Girls Dance’, due out in March. Album launch very soon after. And new material, always working on new material.

 

Heads Hearts - photography by Katie Lamb

 

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

AT-G: Playing a gig down in Brighton to a 300+ strong crowed, we had horrific sound problems and couldn’t hear a thing on stage, the only way we could keep on it was because ¾ of the crowed were singing every word back at us. It was the most stressful gig we have ever done but it was a beautiful moment knowing that we were starting to sink into people’s consciousness and they were loving what we were doing.

AJT: Playing to a sunset at a festival last year. It had been typical festival weather all weekend, pretty shitty, but it started to brighten up just before we went on stage. About half way through the sun burst out and the whole place erupted, it was a real tear jerker moment.

LKP: I think the highlight has to be the gig where Amber stuck her spikey heel into an input of a huge power adapter and was singing, trying to shake it off her shoe and also trying not to get electrocuted. Harrowing for her. Hilarious for me.

 

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

AT-G: Get a new manager. Release our album and a few more singles. Write lots of new material. Get a good support slot with someone like Rhianna or something. And hopefully play some big festivals. It’s all do-able, apart from the Rhianna thing maybe?

LKP: I’d like to emerge from the next video shoot without any serious physical injuries.
Whoops, I think I’ve just jinxed it.

 

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

AT-G: We are next playing the  ’Hot Vox Heroes’ at Hoxton Underbelly on 3rd March, Plus an album launch party in April in a very special venue in London. Stay tuned for news of that.

 

Heads Hearts - photography by Katie Lamb

 

 

Q: What do you do to relax?

AT-G: Hangout with people I love. We could be bungee jumping but as long as I’m with them I’m relaxed.

AJT: Eat cheese and have a wine.

LKP: Well you can’t go wrong with a pint at the village pub with lovelies such as those mentioned here. I also like to feed the ducks and chase small children. I’m joking about feeding the ducks.

 

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

A: Cornwall in the summer. Simply because I love Surfing, the sun and driving, and it’s a bloody long drive.

AJT: Anywhere hot but preferably not somewhere that involves me having to have a jab.

LKP: Cyprus. Perfect swimming, amazing food and lots of kittens.

 

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

A: Create something original don’t copy anyone, and make sure you have a strong product. It’s all about being a product.

LKP: Use the devil horns hand sign as often as possible, don’t forget to bring the appropriate cables to your gig and buy a toolbelt if you want to build your city on rock and roll.

 

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

A: We’re serious about the new manager thing, know anyone?

We’ve got some songs on iTunes feel free to buy them. Make sure you watch the videos that we’ve already made as well. We’re very fortunate to work with an amazing team called Crafty Clown Productions on our videos and they are REALLY good at what they do.

AJT: Go and “Like” us on a popular social network…please.

LKP: I second those emotions.

 

Special Thanks: Photography by Katie Lamb http://www.katesphotography.com. Make up by Heidi Gammon.

 

Editor’s Note: Heads Hearts dynamic electro sound has both an incredible amount of energy and a commercial edge. If you’re in London make sure you see them live. Definitely one of Song Revelation’s “Ones to Watch”.

 

If you’d like to learn more about or contact Heads Hearts just follow the links below:

 

twitter link: http://twitter.com/headshearts

facebook link: http://www.facebook.com/HeadsHearts

myspace link: http://www.myspace.com/HeadsHearts

web page link: www.headshearts.com           

soundcloud link: www.soundcloud.com/headshearts

Youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/HeadsHearts

Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/27580201

Tumblr: http://headshearts.tumblr.com/

 

Artist Interview – Kristin Errett

Kristin Errett is an Acoustic Pop Singer / Songwriter from Fairfield, close to New York City. After checking out Kristin’s acoustic performances on YouTube we were keen at Song Revelation to offer her a feature interview so that we could share her talent with you. Read the full interview below to find out about how Kristin became interested in music, which modern day artists she’s inspired by and what she’s hoping to achieve for the rest of 2011.

 

Kristin Errett


 

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

Sitting at a piano in a vintage dress, playing piano-driven, often 70s inspired, acoustic pop, storytelling with tongue and cheek lyrics, I’m a 21 year old musician who can’t imagine doing anything else.

 

 Q: What is your musical background?

I used to do theatre. That’s how I learned to sing. I’ve performed in everything from operas, to straight dramas, to gospel choirs. Growing up, I basically auditioned for any organization I could where I’d have the opportunity to get on a stage. I started taking piano lessons in fourth grade and stuck with it. When I was about 17 I decided to give up theatre to start focusing on songwriting.

 

Q: How was 2010 for you?

2010 was a great year. I met my production team for “Confessions of a Songbird” which is my new album. I basically spent the second half of the year writing, which was an incredible learning experience.

 

Q: Who inspires you musically?

I remember stealing “Tapestry” from my dad’s CD collection when I was about nine and just completely fell in love with Carole King. She’s the reason I asked to take piano lessons. Fleetwood Mac has also been another big inspiration to me. In general, I listen to a lot of 70s music. I actually just recently bought a 1973 Fender Rhodes. I think I was probably born in the wrong time.

 

Kristin Errett


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

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. I’m in awe of them. I’m seeing them live for the third time this September. To see such talented musicians rising to the rightfully deserved success that they are achieving is inspiring.

 

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

Stevie Wonder. But that’s probably every musician’s dream.

 

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

Every song is different for me so I don’t necessarily have a specific process. I do generally write music first though and I try to write as often as I can, even if I don’t feel inspired. I think that’s important.

 

Q: Where are you based?

I’m from Fairfield, CT. I travel a lot to perform though.

 

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

It’s a great town. It’s actually where John Mayer grew up. We’re on the water with a lot of nice beaches and great bars to perform at. It’s also an hour train ride to NYC, which is pretty convenient.

 

Kristin Errett


 

Q: What are you currently working on?

I’m shooting a music video in New York this month for “Don’t Call Me Sweetheart”, the first track off my album, which I’m really looking forward to!

 

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

This past winter, I went to LA to record, “Confessions of a Songbird” at Killingsworth Recording Co. and it was the most exciting experience of my life. I worked with some incredibly talented musicians, writers, and producers who were just such kind and down-to-earth people on top of it. The whole experience seemed unreal. I remember crying in the cab on the way back to the airport.

 

Kristin Errett - Confessions of a Songbird


 

Q: What are you hoping to achieve in 2011?

Someone told me, “If you don’t play, it’s a wasted day”. So I’m focused on performing as much as I can and I’m hoping for a positive response. I’d be thrilled if by the end of this year, anyone who saw me live and enjoyed my performance tells a friend.

 

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

Absolutely!  On Aug. 7th, I’ll be at The Bitter End in New York, NY, which is one of my favorite venues to perform at. I’ll be playing throughout the New England area this entire month and you can check out the dates on my website at www.kristinerrett.com.

 

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

Sure! If you go to my website and join my mailing list, you’ll receive a free download of “Mr. Imperfect” which is a track off my album. Plus, joining my mailing list is a great way to stay in touch with me and receive more free stuff. It’s win win!!

 

Kristin Errett

 

Editor’s Note: At Song Revelation we will follow Kristin Errett’s music with interest. We’re sure she has the talent to enjoy a long and successful career.

 

If you’d like to contact Kristin Errett, or check out more of her music, just follow the links below:

twitter link: www.twitter.com/kristinerrett

facebook link: www.facebook.com/kristinerrett

myspace link: www.myspace.com/kristinerrett

web page link: www.kristinerrett.com

reverbnation link: www.reverbnation.com/kristinerrett

Artist Interview – Verlee for Ransom

Verlee for Ransom are an Indie band from Seattle, USA consisting of Kyle Morrison (cello/guitar), Rio Chanae (keys/backing vox), Nathan Keiffer (drums), Kaye Gill (bass) and the Keira Verlee (Lead Vox, Songwriter, guitar). Verlee for Ransom have recently been touring extensively in the Seattle area so we were really happy at Song Revelation when Keira Verlee, the lead singer, agreed to complete a Feature Artist interview. Read on to hear about which modern day artists Keira looks up to, what Verlee for Ransom are currently working on and what they’re hoping to achieve for the rest of 2011.

 

Verlee for Ransom

Verlee for Ransom

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-pvz_cP-60

 

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

Female fronted guitar & piano driven Alt-Pop/Rock infusing multiple genres using both acoustic (cello, guitar, drums) and electric (guitar, bass, keys) instruments.

 

Q: What is your musical background?

Keira Verlee: I’ve been singing ever since I was really little, but I started taking voice and piano lessons when I was 10. When I was 12 I started guitar lessons and began writing songs soon after. This past year I have been taking music classes, such as songwriting and music theory, at Shoreline Community College.

 

Q: How was 2010 for you?

Keira Verlee: 2010 was both emotional and rewarding at the same time.  My previous song writing partner from VerleeRose decided to go a different direction in February of 2010 and that was difficult for me because we were very close.  However, that same day I started working on putting together my own band.  We rehearsed from Feb to July, then played a test show and rehearsed some more.  We played our first real show in October only 9 days after bringing on our lead guitarist/cellist. Shortly after that show we replaced our drummer and played a few shows in November and December… now we are on our 3rd drummer and it feels like we have the perfect formula.  So far 2011 has been incredible!

 

Q: Who inspires you musically?

Keira Verlee: Pretty much every band I listen to inspires me in some way musically. I listen to a wide variety of music, but recently I have been listening to Radiohead and Metric quite a bit.

 

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

Keira Verlee: Radiohead for sure. Also Death Cab for Cutie, Metric, and Modest Mouse.

 

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

Keira Verlee: I would love to collaborate with Thom York from Radiohead and Ben Gibbard from Death Cab for Cutie.  It would be amazing to play with them as well!

 

Verlee for Ransom


 

Q: What songs are on your ipod at the moment?

Keira Verlee: Everything In It’s Right Place by Radiohead, Raise Your Weapon by Deadmau5, Goodbye Blue by Pink Floyd, Edit by Regina Spektor, Seventeen Years by Ratatat, Darling by People Eating People, and Little Drop of Poison by Tom Waits. These are just some of the songs I’ve been listening to recently.

 

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

Keira Verlee: It usually starts with something that is on my mind or happening in my life.  Rather than write in a diary, I tend to turn my thoughts into songs.  I write the lyrics, melody and chord structures using either guitar or piano and then I bring it to the band.  Sometimes I have a pretty clear idea of what I’m going for but a lot of times the arrangement just sort of happens when the band writes their parts… it just comes together.

 

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

Keira Verlee: I think that both melody and lyrics are really important components of a song. Lyrics bring ideas, messages, and emotions into a song. Whereas melody brings variety and adds so much to the expression of the song.

 

Q: Where are you based?

Seattle…oh yup!

 

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

Keira Verlee: Seattle is an amazing city for so many reasons. We have a great music scene, especially for all ages bands and the people here are pretty chill.  I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else.

 

Verlee for Ransom

Keira Verlee: Verlee for Ransom

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Q: What are you currently working on?

Keira Verlee: Well, we just released our debut CD on May 20th and we’re working on our first music video for Velvet Masquerade.  We also have a new drummer as of about a month ago so we are rehearsing a lot and working on our live show since we have shows & festivals just about every weekend throughout the summer.  I also have a bunch of new songs to work on and we plan on doing some more recording over the summer in addition to putting together an acoustic set.

 

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

Keira Verlee: I wish I could pick one highlight, but there is no way to choose. Every show I get to play with the band is a new experience, along with every recording session and band practice. I really just love playing music with such wonderful and talented musicians. (Kyle Morrison: cello/guitar, Rio Chanae: keys/backup vox, Nathan Keiffer: drums, Kaye Gill: bass)

 

Q: What are you hoping to achieve in 2011?

Keira Verlee: Music video, shows, festivals, new songs, recording…

 

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

Keira Verlee: We just had our CD release show which was awesome!  Now we’re mostly playing festivals and other events throughout the summer where we can focus on playing in front of people who have not seen us before.

 

Verlee for Ransom


 

Q: What do you do to relax?

Keira Verlee: I do crafty things that keep my hands busy, like knitting and drawing when I get stressed. Somehow I find it quite relaxing.

 

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

We love you!

 

Editor’s Note: Verlee for Ransom have developed their own unique style of piano and guitar driven Indie Pop which is both unique, appealing and commercial.

If you’d like to learn more about or contact Verlee for Ransom just follow the links below:

 

 

twitter link: www.twitter.com/verlee4ransom

facebook link: www.facebook.com/verlee4ransom

myspace link: www.myspace.com/verlee4ransom

web page link: www.verlee4ransom.com

reverbnation link: www.reverbnation.com/verlee4ransom

Youtube embeds: www.youtube.com/verlee4ransom

 

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