Autumn Kramer is authentic pop / rock performer originally from Kansas City. At Song Revelation we were really impressed with Autumn’s work after listening to some of her latest tracks. Read the latest in-depth feature interview where Autumn discusses, amongst other things, how she became interested in music, what songs she listens to from other artists and what she does to relax when not working.
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 make pop/rock music with lyrics that go deeper and carry a message not always seen in the pop world today. It’s catchy music everyone can relate to with a little bit of a twist…the vocals are also genuine. No overload on autotune here! 😉
Q: What is your musical background?
I grew up in the suburbs of Kansas City, where very few people were in bands or had any interest in participating in the “music scene.” I just always loved singing, and I wrote my first song when I was seven years old. It just always seemed fun to me!
Q: How have the last 12 months been for you?
They’ve been great! I have recorded two singles in the last six months and am now working on my third. I have also had a blast finishing up three music videos in the past year. It’s been tons of fun to add the visual element to the song to help tell the story.
Q: Who inspires you musically?
Ah, that is a tough question! I really am a fan of catchy songs with a real meaning behind them. Every year, I think there are a handful of songs on top 40 radio that do this, and I really strive to fit those two elements into my music as well. It’s hard to name a specific artist here, because I think truly I am a bigger fan of songs than I am of a particular person or band.
Q: Which modern day artists do you look up to?
I would say at this moment, I am really liking Train, Gavin DeGraw, and Kelly Clarkson. I think in the last year, they have all released songs that have real meaning and stay true to who they are, while at the same time, making songs that are memorable and that people would want to hear again.
Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?
I would chose anyone with a crazy amazing voice, like Sia, Frou Frou, or even that girl in the Gotye song. I just love voices that are just a little different and unique, and it would be fun to see what they would bring to a project.
Q: What songs are on your iPod at the moment?
Haha, I hate to say this, but I haven’t listened to my iPod in years!
Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?
I really try to come up with a unique idea for a song before I even really begin writing it. I want it to be a theme that people can relate, latch onto, and hopefully find a little new and different at the same time.
Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?
I think they are equally important. The best songs and artist always have a 10 out of 10 in both categories.
Q: Where are you based?
I am currently living in Los Angeles, although I am originally from Kansas City.
Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?
I miss Kansas City a lot sometimes. The nicest, most genuinely friendly and caring people in the world are there. Haha, it was a little different growing up there, as I knew not a single person who was ever in a band or wanted to get into the music scene. I had a lot to learn when I moved!
Q: What are you currently working on?
I am hoping to finish up my new single, “Soldier” in the next couple of weeks. Then it’s time to make the music video, which I am really excited about! The song is about being a soldier for yourself, to fight hard and to never give up on what you want.
Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?
That’s a hard one! I think my favorite thing about being an artist in general is knowing that there are fans who have watched you grow and evolve. I think my favorite moments are when I get an email from one of them, saying “Remember when…?”
Q: What are you hoping to achieve in over the next 12 months?
I am going to continue recording new songs and making music videos for each of them. I have actually learned to do some visual effects and editing myself, so it’s been really fun giving the YouTube audience some new things to see.
Q: Do you have any gigs or shows that you’d like to tell us about?
Yes, I am planning on playing at Kulak’s Woodshed on June 16th and then at Genghis Cohen in July or Sept. Keep checking the website and Facebook page for more info!
Q: What do you do to relax?
Hmmm…that’s a good question. Still trying to figure this one out…
Q: Where would your favourite holiday (vacation) be and why?
I love to travel, so really I enjoy going almost anywhere. I recently came back from a trip to Thailand, and seeing the elephants and riding them was an amazing experience!
Q: If you could give a little piece of advice for new or aspiring musicians what would it be?
Be your own judge. No matter what, don’t change who you are or what your music sounds like just because one person doesn’t “get it” or says you should be something you’re not. Over time, I have found that sticking to what you believe in is always the best way to go…and surprisingly, the naysayers usually do come around!
Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?
Shockingly, I recently learned that there is a company that makes squirrel underpants.
Editor’s Note: Wow! Autumn Kramer ticks every single box to have an incredibly successful career in the music industry. We’re hoping that she tours near us soon! Defintiely one of Song Revelation’s ‘One’s to Watch’.
If you’d like to contact Autumn Kramer or check out some of her tracks, just follow the links below:
YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/AutumnKramer/videos