12th Annual New Age Song Winner
9th Annual New Age Album Nominee
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Record Label: iRoknNod Records
Home Base: Mission Viejo CA
Genre: New Age
Categories Entered: New Age Song
Work Submitted: “Carpe Diem” – Alternate Nashville Mix Featuring Aeone
Artists Featured: Featuring vocalist Aeone
Label: iRoknNod Records ( my name and my husband’s name backwards!)
Who are your influences?: Beethoven, Mozart, John Williams, Genesis, George Winston, Mannheim Steamroller, Liz Story and Will Ackerman
Describe your nominated work: Carpe Diem means to seize the day or moment. I like to get up and get moving in the morning.. and even when things are rough I still get my “Carpe Diem” on!
Did you use any unusual effects or instruments in this recording?: With Aeone on vocals, she sings “vocalese” which adds a certain mystical air about the song. Jeff Silverman, who I worked with in Nashville, performed bass and created sound design.
Were there any happy accidents while in the studio, or did everything go as planned?: Everything went really well in the studio.. and I am very happy with the way the song turned out.
How did you raise the funds for this project? We had money saved to create an alternate mix from the original album “Trillium”
How long do you expect it will take to recoup your out-of-pocket recording expenses?: I am not sure we will recoup the out-of-pocket expenses, which is fine. I didn’t write this song with the intention(s) of becoming an overnight success or making money with it. I wrote it purely for the joy of writing music.
Why did you choose to submit this work to The 12th IMAs?: I had a few of my musician friends encourage me to enter. Which I did.. and I am VERY happy I did. I was not expecting a nomination. .but I am very pleased about it.
What’s your definition of success and how will you know when you’ve achieved it?: Success is when you don’t think you are a success.. when you work and work, and see the efforts of that hard work being enjoyed by listeners. To me, that is the joy of writing and releasing music. It’s the pure energy from people that I LOVE to see. Its instant joy!
How will you leverage your IMA honors to achieve your career goals?: I would like to record a solo piano album.. and I believe the IMA honors will help me get closer to do that.
Who’s sitting in your audience and what makes your fans unique?: I have fans from 3 years old up to 100 years old. I hav an amazing group of people. They love everything I do, they support me on FaceBook, I receive emails from them. What makes them fun, is that they interact with me when I ask them to help me with sharing my music page on FaceBook. If I ask them some kind of off the wall thing that doesn’t have anything to do with music… the answers just crack me up. I love it.
What is your guilty pleasure on the road? I love to eat out at fancy restaurants when I can. If not, I find some of the best dark chocolate around and snarf it.
Any close calls or mishaps while on tour?: I almost fell off a stage once wearing my heels! I am deaf in my left ear, and so one time I had in ear monitoring via ear buds and somehow the sound got so loud in my right ear I tore off the earbuds and threw them across the stage… glad I didn’t hit anyone.. I kinda looked around to see if anyone saw me do it!
Who are your musical heroes & influences?: I really love what Windham Hill Records was able to accomplish in the 80s/90s. With Will Ackerman at the helm and his friend Michael Hedges they created an amazing sound with many artists on the label. Liz Story, Phil Aaberg and George Winston all were so very different from each other, but what they wrote, was very prolific. I’ve worked with Will and now I have performed with Liz Story.. its just incredibly amazing.
Are there any songs you wish you wrote and why?: Maybe the Beatles’ “Norwegian Wood”. I love that sounds in that song, and the key it was written in.
What artists are you listening to that would surprise your fans?: Karmin … yes Karmin! Two Steps From Hell, Lindsey Sterling, Led Zepplin, Depeche Mode, Imagine Dragons, Supertramp, Styx , Andy Grammar, Adele. All of them VERY diverse.. but fun.
How do you discover new music? My children and I share music all the time. Sometimes we will be watching a YouTube video and hear music I haven’t heard before.
Do you buy music or are you content with streaming?: I buy music whenever I can and want to buy. Streaming is nice.. but I love having the music in my ipod/iphone.
How will musicians make a living if fans continue to expect music to be free?: I don’t think fans of music really understand the amount of money it takes to create the music they stream for free. If they like it, why not support the artist by buying the song/album so that artist can continue to create music? Whenever I am asked about the costs of creating an album, I am honest and tell that fan/friend the pricing. Most people did not know about the price tag there is to record and album as well as a song. Simple economics: Work, save money, go to the store to buy food. I save money from the profits (if any) that my music generates. I work on more music. I hire a studio, producer, engineer, mastering studio, marketing team, manufacturing team. How can fans expect us to live off of what we do if they expect the music to be free and continue to create music?
What don’t fans/audiences understand about the music industry today?: Most people think that if you hire a producer, they pay for your album.. NOT true. You pay them to help you create an album. Also some of fans/audiences thought that I have a traditional record company signing me and they were paying for everything. Thing is, I am doing this on my own, the music industry not like what it used to be. Most of us that are independent musicians fund everything. Crowd funding is nice.. but everyone is doing it now.. I’ve seen conversations on FaceBook where people are getting tired of it. Who knows what will happen in the future?
Are digital singles/EPs vs. full albums the future?: I think digital singles and EPs are leading the way, however, now that everyone has an mp3 player and have downloaded digital music files.. I think people are seeing or rather hearing the difference from the vinyl records they bought in the past ( even cassettes and CDs) that the digital quality is not that good when you download music. I think we will see a return to the CD.
Finish this sentence: The music industry is…changing.
What do you have in the works for the upcoming year?: I am writing a new album Fire In The Rainstorm, and already have a producer lined up for it. I can’t wait to record it because its going to be solo piano… which is a scary thing for me. Just me, and the piano.. no strings, no flutes or clarinets… or vocals, just me and the piano.