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Music Artist Spotlight – Marina V

Posted on September 26, 2011 by admin

What inspired you to become a musician?

I grew up with total silence in my house.  We didn’t have a music player or music of any kind when I was growing up 🙂 Weird, huh? 🙂  So I’ve been having music in my head and singing since before I learned to talk (according to my mom) 🙂  I have no idea what inspired me in the first place – it was probably meant to be.

What surprises have you encountered in pursuing your music career?

How it’s more about business and connections that it is about the actual music.

What has been your biggest challenge to date?

Dealing with people who promise you something, but never come through.  In addition, trying to stay positive and to have faith in people.

Tell us about your band.

I have incredible band members.  They’re my friends and it’s amazing being onstage with my friends.  Really, truly incredible!!

What’s your process for writing lyrics and where do you get the inspiration for your songs?

Inspiration is a funny thing – it comes out of nowhere sometimes. I may be driving or taking a shower and I get this little melody and a lyric in my head…  The process of writing lyrics is a different thing.  I usually have an idea or a line and then call in my co-writer/lyricist Nick and we write together.

Tell us about your most memorable performances.

I’ve had so many… memorable in different ways.  One of them is a recent house concert I did in Seattle.. Playing for an all-Russian audience, I got to speak Russian and play all of my Russian songs… It felt amazing… I can’t even explain why… but it was magical.  And then there was Kodak Theatre… opening for Howard Jones…
many wonderful memories.  I hope I’ll have thousands more in the future!

Have you shared the stage with anyone we would know?

How about Wang Chung? 🙂

Anything else you want to share?

Thank you to everyone for reading this and for supporting musicians!

Check out Marina and her music at http://www.talentwatch.com/artist/profile/marinav

Music Artist Spotlight – Alyssa Bentley

Posted on September 1, 2011 by admin

What inspired you to become a musician?

My parents who are both great singers (my dad is a church music pastor) and the movie Annie. ‘Tomorrow’ was the first song I ever performed- I was two! 🙂

What surprises have you encountered in pursuing your music career?

First and most importantly that it’s really hard work! Who knew? As in you have to have the work ethic of a farmer. I don’t have a rich uncle (I thought EVERYONE had a rich uncle! Lol.) and I’m not with a major label. So, if I want to do anything in music I have to figure out how to do it myself. It’s been challenging, but definitely worth it.

What has been your biggest challenge to date?

Definitely the lack of funds. Doesn’t make things impossible, but I do have to get creative & figure out how to get things done in new/different ways.

Tell us about your band

My band freaks me out! (In a good way, of course.) They’re an amazingly talented group of musicians who are not just sick players, but they are hilarious, hard working, & go above & beyond to help me out. I don’t know how I got so lucky!

What’s your process for writing lyrics and where do you get the inspiration for your songs?

It’s different for every song. Sometimes I meet with a producer, we talk about the direction, he starts making the music, & I start working on melody/lyrics on the spot. Then other times a producer will send me a track to write to. Occasionally I have written the melody/lyrics to a song acapella & I email it to a producer who then creates the music. My inspiration comes from all over the place: real life experiences, things my close friends have been through, movies I’ve seen, other songs and artists I listen to, etc.

Tell us about your most memorable performances.

I did a show about a month ago at Cafe Was in Hollywood. I was a featured vocalist while Blockbuster actor Jeff Goldblum was on piano. He’s actually a great piano player! I had no idea. He was so very friendly. It seemed like we’d known each other for years. That’s been one of my favorite LA experiences so far.

Anything else you want to share?

Just a shout out to all the amazing people on my team who help me work so hard to make everything happen. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next year!

Check out Alyssa and her music at http://www.talentwatch.com/artist/profile/alyssabentley