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Interview With Lindi Ortega By Chris 11/11/05
Lindi Ortega is a fantastic talented singer songwriter
I really think her music is fantastic.So naturally she had
to featured here.
Read on for what she has to say
1.How did you get into music?
Well… I think music was put in my blood by a long line of
music lovers. My dad was in a Latino band when I was
growing up. Therefore, I was always surrounded by music.
Seeing my father on stage made me want to be just like him.
The only difference was. He played bass. And somehow I was
born with this ability to sing. So as soon as someone told
me I was good at it. I just spread my wings and started
flying and I haven’t stopped since.
2.What were your major influences?
Singers that have passionate voices have always influenced
me. You can hear the pain and aching in every word. I find
that mind blowing. Janis Joplin was incredible for
that…as was Jeff Buckley. I’m also influenced by amazing
song writing skills. I think Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan
wrote some genius stuff. Lastly, I am influenced by music
that is unique, and dynamically interesting…like The
3. Do you think MySpace is good for artists and has it
MySpace is incredible for artists and I urge every new up
and coming act to get them on here as one of the first
steps in marketing your music to an audience that would not
hear of you otherwise. Get on this here site, and work it
till the cows come home. That is my advice!
4. What has the response been to latest
My last release was in 2002. An album called “THE TASTE OF
FORBIDDEN FRUIT”. I only pressed about 500 copies so not
enough people got to hear it. However, it got incredible
reviews from Toronto’s major music publications and that
was amazing for me to see that.
5. Where do you think you will be in 10 years?
I would love to think that I will be continuing to record
albums and touring all over the place and playing my music
for anyone that will listen. Maybe I’ll be in Australia
playing a show or two!
6. Who would you most like to record a song
I think it would be a hoot to record a song with TOM
7. What made you want to go out and play
The first time I sang on a stage I got this feeling of
Euphoria. It was like a drug that I didn’t want to quit. I
just love that whole connecting with an audience. I love
the people that come out to hear me sing. It really touches
me that they enjoy what I do.
8. What are your thoughts on file sharing and the mp3
Well. For myself. I know if I love an artist, I want to
have their CD in my collection. I want to see the liner
notes. And the CD artwork and the lyrics.
I have downloaded a few songs myself. I don’t think there
is anything wrong with that. What I do think is wrong is
downloading an entire artist’s album. In my case, I usually
will down load one or two songs. And if I like them I go
out and buy the album. Gotta support what you love right?
That’s what I do and maybe that’s just me. I’m not going to
be preachy and tell everyone else what to do. It’s up to
9. Do you think the Internet is good for helping artists
ABSOLUTELY. The Internet can help you reach people you
could never reach otherwise if you weren’t touring.
10. What bands/artists are you listening to
Lately I’ve been on a NANCY SINATRA kick. I love her work
with Lee Hazlewood. There is also a singer called Lhasa
from Montreal who has an album that she sings in Spanish
called “La Llorna” and it’s incredible.
11. Who has helped you out the most?
My dad. He always drives me to shows, fixes my guitar, and
supports me like crazy and I love him for that.
And I can’t forget the fans of what I do and how they have
helped and continue to help me a great deal to get my name
out there to people. Especially these amazing people on
MySpace who play my music and put my banners up on their
pages. It’s just so touching to have this kind of support
from people you’ve never met. People who just really dig
the music for some reason.
12. If you could be on any show where would you be
I think I would love to take my music over to Mexico where
my dad is from and play in some old dirty bar for a bunch
of drunken Mexicans. They might throw things at me. But
either way… it would be an experience.
13. What has the response been like for your music on
It’s been amazing. I love it.
14. Any responses from record labels?
That’s the million-dollar question. I guess you’ll find out
when my album is released in early 2006.
15. What is the music scene like Canada?
Not sure about Canada perse, as I have yet to visit parts
of my own country. But the Toronto independent music scene
is fantastic. A lot of love and support for each other and
some real genuine talent.
Thanks for your time any last words
whatever you do in life… do it with passion.
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Interview With Michelle Albano By Chris 1/11/05
Michelle Albano is a young fantastic singer songwriter
who plays really good music.
Her album Second Guesses which she self released
is far better than some of the stuff on Major Labels
This is one Singer Songwriter who be around for a very long
because she is that good.
You must visit her website and check out her music.
She is that good that’s why her album was CD Of The
1. How did you get into music?
I started playing piano at 5 years old and started writing
songs at 12. I was always performing all throughout junior
high and high school – doing school plays, talents shows,
setting my keyboard up at the local Starbucks, restaurants,
open mics – playing for anyone who would listen. At 17, I
moved to New York City to attend New York University, put a
band together and began to pursue a career as an
2. What were your major influences?
I grew up in a very musical house – my Dad plays piano and
guitar and my Mom is a great singer. As a kid, I would fall
asleep to them playing and singing through the Stevie
Wonder songbook in the next room! There were always records
playing all day and night too – rock, r & b, pop, etc.
At the time I started performing, Mariah Carey had just
come out and I was blown away by her voice – so that
definitely had an impact on my vocal style – it exposed me
to r & b elements and introduced me to vocal
3. If you could have a three band bill who would they
I think it would be pretty cool to be on a bill with Joss
Stone and Alicia Keys.
4. What has the response been to the album?
The response to the album has been really great! It got a
lot of airplay – 70-something Triple A stations were
playing it in the US — and it got a lot of good reviews.
It’s really helped me get to the next level on a lot of
5. How did the recording process for the album
My band went in and tracked all the songs in 2 days. We
played them altogether in the same room, so that we could
capture the “live” sound as best as we could. Then after
the basic tracks were laid down, I went back in to do my
vocals and also move some things around in the tracks,
trying to make everything fit in the right place and get it
as close to perfect as possible.
6. What artists inspired you when making the
Since I made the record without a producer, it was kind of
tricky – I wanted to make sure the songs came out with a
kind of timeless quality – with live instruments built
around the songs. I really didn’t want to make a record
that sounded like 2005 that would be dated in 2 years from
now. I looked to a lot of the older records that I loved
growing up for production/arranging ideas – bands like the
Beatles, Carole King, Tom Waits, Led Zeppelin, etc.
7. What made you want to go out and play
The feeling you get when you play an amazing show. The
adrenaline rush is addictive – there’s nothing else like
8. What are your thoughts on file sharing and the MP3
Yes, share! Why not? For an independent artist, the most
important thing is to get your music heard! Not to make 89
cents per song.
9. Who would most like to record a song with?
I would love to record a song with Chris Cornell – I love
his voice. The harmonies would be amazing!
10. Do you think the Internet is good for helping
artists get known?
The Internet is a great way to help new artists get
exposure – it makes it so much easier for people to find
new music, and for artists to get new fans from all over
the world. If you can’t be touring all the time, the
Internet can get your music there anyway.
11. What bands/artists are you listening to
Lately, I’ve been listening to Coldplay, Nikka Costa, Gavin
deGraw, Keane, and Ryan Adams.
12. Who has helped you out the most?
My family and close friends have been so supportive every
step of the way – it’s great to have people who are close
to you that believe in you and understand what you’re
trying to do. These are people who come out to every single
show; listen to every rough version of whichever recording
I’m currently in the middle of finishing up, etc. Also, the
positive feedback and enthusiasm I get from random people
I’ve never met before that just happens to catch a live
show – all of that is what keeps me going.
13. If you could be on The Simpsons where would you be
I guess I’d probably be playing at Moe’s. Do they have live
14. What has the response been like for your music on
The web has taken my music to so many places — I get
emails from people from all over the world. I just recently
set up a myspace account, which is a great place to share
15. Any responses from record labels?
I did some industry showcases this summer which went really
well. It was a very big step for me as an artist to get the
point where you can send your record out to major labels
and they actually pick it up off their pile and listen to
it — and then they actually dig it enough to come out and
see you perform live. My plan is to just keep doing what
I’m doing until the right one comes along…