Posts Tagged ‘Interviews’

R&B bombshell ZZ Ward set to play Seattle’s Crocodile on Fire and Shine tour 2/17 + interview

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013
R&B bombshell ZZ Ward set to play Seattle’s Crocodile on Fire and Shine tour 2/17 + interview

The first time I heard ZZ Ward’s voice, I knew that I had stumbled upon something magical – something incredibly special. It’s not just her voice either…it’s her all-around musical depth and rhythm – it’s her radiating self-confidence and raw talent. Her debut record, ‘Til the Casket Drops, is a collection of bluesy, gritty songs with the dirtiest beats you can find (in a really good way) and if you haven’t checked it out, I suggest you drop everything and do it right now.

Greg Laswell visits Seattle and talks about his latest record, ‘Take A Bow’

Thursday, April 7th, 2011
Greg Laswell visits Seattle and talks about his latest record, ‘Take A Bow’

Greg Laswell played to a welcoming crowd on Monday night at The Crocodile. I was lucky enough to get a quick Q&A with him just before he got into town. Check out the interview and pictures from the show here!

A perfect pair: Introducing Beau & Regan

Monday, March 14th, 2011
A perfect pair: Introducing Beau & Regan

From the moment I heard Beau & Regan’s debut album, Ready or Not, I knew they were something special. It might’ve been some kind of home-state ESP, since these two are originally from Minneapolis, MN – but I think it was more likely the pair’s organic and honest approach to writing.
The eloquent quality of the vocals on this record combined with the delicate drumming and guitar riffs makes for a soothing and enchanting listening experience. It’s even more impressive to know that it was recorded in a bedroom, not in an over-the-top studio, over the course of a month or so.

Messengers of sound: an interview with Courrier

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

There’s something so special about a band that uses their gift to send a positive message. For Austin, TX band, Courrier, that’s just one of the many things that make them special. Their debut EP, Like the Cold of Snow In the Time of Harvest, radiates promise and potential with its lyrically eloquent approach to the experiences of life.

Living Right Now: Ryan Star’s 11:59 + Interview

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010
Living Right Now: Ryan Star’s 11:59 + Interview

To make good music, a person has to have a superior appreciation for the craft. Growing up listening to legendary artists like The Rolling Stones, Janis Joplin and The Who, Ryan Star learned to appreciate music at a very young age. So it’s no wonder that his latest album, 11:59, is garnering attention across the country with it’s special brand of pop-rock – a brand that only Ryan can produce.

To top it off, Ryan’s live show is just as energetic and enthralling as the album. His musical chemistry with his percussionist and back-up vocalist, Dallin Applebaum, radiates off of the stage.

Perfect In My Ears: Q&A With Gold Motel

Sunday, August 29th, 2010
Perfect In My Ears: Q&A With Gold Motel

Sometimes timing is everything. In Gold Motel’s case, timing has been the key to their union. After The Hush Sound went on hiatus in 2009, Greta Morgan made her way down to the sunny skies of California all the way from Chicago. “I basically had a year-long summer in Los Angeles. I had saved enough money to avoid working all year and my only real responsibility was self imposed — to write an album and launch a new band.”

What was initially intended to be a solo project instead became the joined effort of Greta and four other talented musicians: guitarist Eric Hehr (formerly of The Yearbooks), guitarist and vocalist Dan Duszynski, bassist Matt Schuessler and drummer Adam Kaltenhauser (all three formerly of the power-pop band This is Me Smiling). Together, they’re recording under the name Gold Motel.

Gold Motel released their debut album, Summer House, in June and it’s already garnering attention with its summery vibe and shimmery mood. “I think you can hear California in Gold Motel’s music even thought a lot of it was written and recorded in Chicago,” explained guitarist Eric Hehr who remained in Chicago and dreamed of being with his friends in California, “…a lot of the material I wrote at this time developed from that faulty idealization of West Coast lifestyle through the rose-tinted eyes of a Midwesterner. Even the songs on Summer House that were written in Chicago are still about California in some way.”

Pulling from influences like The Kinks, Fleetwood Mac and Arcade Fire, Gold Motel produces pop songs that are sure to make all your seasons summery! This is what happens when the incredible talents of five experienced musicians come together at just the right time.

Check out my Q&A with Gold Motel’s Greta Morgan and Eric Hehr right here on Findyourfav.com!

One Dazzling Duo: Madi Diaz and Kyle Ryan

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010
One Dazzling Duo: Madi Diaz and Kyle Ryan

If you’ve heard their latest EP, Ten Gun Salute, then you know exactly why I’m completely smitten with pop-folk singer Madi Diaz and her partner in melody Kyle Ryan.

And if you haven’t heard it, well…you’ve come to the right place!

Just two months ago I was lucky enough to see Madi and Kyle open for Landon Pigg at a number of venues on the west coast. I was awed and amazed by their ability to harmonize with each other on and off stage while they sang songs from their latest EP and more.

To follow the EP, Madi Diaz will be releasing a brand new album called Plastic Moon, which was produced by the incredible John Alagia (who has also worked with Jason Mraz, John Mayer and Rachael Yamagata). The album will feature a few re-recorded versions of songs on the Ten Gun Salute EP as well as some brand new songs.

Plastic Moon is the next step on a journey that began with a chance meeting through a mutual friend at Berklee’s School of Music in Boston a few years ago. Luckily, the timing was right for these two songwriters who are now on the journey of a lifetime!

Finding Wisdom in Words: Serena Ryder is Meant To Be Heard

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010
Finding Wisdom in Words: Serena Ryder is Meant To Be Heard

After a whole lot of hoping and a whole lot of rocking out to her album, I finally had the opportunity to have a conversation with Canadian singer-songwriter Serena Ryder. An avid disbeliever in solid truths, Serena is a very philosophical and honest artist who acknowledges and accepts change and difference along every step of her journey. My favorite thing about her is that she’s not afraid to sing it like it is. If you’ve listened to her latest album, Is It o.k, then you know exactly what I mean.

I caught up with Serena on a lovely June day on which both of our portions of the sky were overcasted even though we were in different countries and on opposite coasts. You probably don’t know this but, on gray days like this one, Serena loves to cook big breakfasts (she also home-makes tamari almonds!) and enjoy them with the company of a friend. For Serena, days like this don’t happen too often – especially now that she has been spending the majority of her days touring with artists like Howie Day and The Barenaked Ladies – but that’s okay with her because she’s learning how to feel at home while she’s on tour for several months out of the year. “I find that it’s a lot easier if you try and find your home inside of yourself,” she explains, “which has a lot to do with staying healthy.”

Just after she says this, she’s careful to explain that the idea of being healthy is one of those ever-changing liquid truths that she’s continuously recognizing. “It’s about definitions and what you define to be true for you. Sometimes drinking is good for certain people. Sometimes eating cheese pizza is really good for somebody. It just depends on what you think about it.”

At the end of July, Serena will be playing a few shows on the east coast with several other brilliant female artists for Lilith Fair before hitting the road with Ray LaMontagne and David Gray in August.

They Were Made For This: Civil Twilight Talks Music, Lyrics and Life in South Africa

Friday, April 23rd, 2010
They Were Made For This: Civil Twilight Talks Music, Lyrics and Life in South Africa

I might just be one of the luckiest people on the planet! Why? Because I got to interview Steven, Andrew and Richard of the band Civil Twilight on April 23rd. The South African trio has been on tour supporting the April 13th release of their latest self-titled album. The album is better than great and features the single “Letters From The Sky,” which was penned in studio by frontman Steven McKellar.

Music Meets Earth: Missy Higgins Combines Her Talent for Music with Her Love for the Environment

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009
Music Meets Earth: Missy Higgins Combines Her Talent for Music with Her Love for the Environment

“Steer”, the third song on her latest album, On a Clear Night, not only showcases Missy’s musical prowess, it also reflects her respect for the environment. It was inspired by her visit to Broome, Australia while she was writing the album. The song definitely inspires listeners to take control of their lives and “step into the clear.”

Her environmental efforts span all the way back to her childhood in Australia. “As a kid, I was a Greenpeace follower and I was always conscious of saving water and electricity, so much so that I kind of drove my parents mad sometimes,” she says. Now, as an adult she has become one of the most environmentally friendly musicians in the music business – ranking number 9 on Billboard magazine’s ‘Green 10’ in 2008.

Just Can’t Let Go of Landon Pigg

Tuesday, August 14th, 2007
Just Can’t Let Go of Landon Pigg

At just 24 years old, Landon Pigg has already accomplished what many musicians can only dream about – a successful debut record, a contract with a historic label [RCA Records] and a rapidly growing fan base. His debut album LP continues to gain popularity every day, and his songs have been featured on several hit […]