13th Annual New Age Album Winner
11th Annual New Age Song Nominee
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Record Label: TimeArt Recordings
Home Base: Los Angeles/Studio City, CA
Genres: New Age, Classical Crossover
Category Entered: New Age Album
Work Submitted: Tranquil Times
Artists Featured: Darlene Koldenhoven
Describe your nominated work: Piano-based instrumental music with guest artist on flute and guitar good for focus, relaxation, when you need soothing music.
Did you use any unusual effects or instruments in this recording?: I used a few of my tuned quartz crystal singing bowls. I have 12 in various sizes, one for each of the 12 tones in our music system.
Were there any happy accidents while in the studio, or did everything go as planned?: It was all good.
How did you raise the funds for this project? How long do you expect it will take to recoup your out-of-pocket recording expenses?: I ‘raise funds’ by teaching voice and touring. Little comes from album sales unless it happens at the concert. It appears that most people listen to their radio of choice instead of purchasing music these days. I have not recouped all the money from any of my albums yet and except for one, all have won awards or industry nods, and went to the top of the radio charts. Go figure.
Why did you choose to submit this work to The 13th IMAs?: Exposure.
What’s your definition of success and how will you know when you’ve achieved it?: I have achieved success many times in my life. Also overcame some ridiculous hurdles.
How will you leverage your IMA honors to achieve your career goals?: It goes in all my bios, press releases, and so forth.
Who’s sitting in your audience and what makes your fans unique?: My fans come in all ages, sizes, shapes, from all walks of life, who know a class act when they see/hear one as they have discriminating taste in music.
What is your guilty pleasure on the road? Cannot afford any guilty pleasures, as my body is my instrument; although, I will never turn down a good dairy/gluten free dark chocolate.
Any close calls or mishaps while on tour?: Too many close calls to mention but here’s a few: stage managers not handing me the mic on time so I went out and sang without one to meet my cue on time; same stage manager let a 60’ scrim fall on my head as I was making my exit after singing a song. (I was not in charge of hiring that company.); and the most impressive was that had my producer friend not asked me to change my flight about two hours before I was to board, to stay and sing a demo for him that was going to Ramsey Lewis as a favor, I would have died in the American Airlines crash where the engine fell off the plane at takeoff at O’Hare airport and everyone died. There’s more but I’ll save those for my own book someday. LOL.
Who are your musical heroes & influences?: Everyone that came before me.
How do you discover new music? Recommended by friends. I buy what I like when I hear it on the radio.
Do you buy music or are you content with streaming?: I like to buy music. Support the artists and the arts.
How will musicians make a living if fans continue to expect music to be free?: We can’t continue. It’s a horrible business model, the music business.
What don’t fans/audiences understand about the music industry today?: For the most part, fans and public in general have no idea of how many hours it takes of sacrifice to maintain a career or how we make a living. The art suffers when the artist is spread too thin having to wear multiple hats. There are way more hours spent getting gigs, negotiating them, writing about them, promoting them in too many platforms then ever before. Understand that for the 70 minutes on stage, days, sometimes weeks of “unpaid” work and lots of money have gone into this ahead of time, just to get on that stage. It is sad because the arts are such an important part of people’s lives, in more ways then they realize or care to admit. The public themselves would be best served by not taking the arts for granted and support the arts.
Are digital singles/EPs vs. full albums the future?: Depends on the genre.
What do you have in the works for the upcoming year?: Several projects, musical and otherwise.
URLs: DarleneKoldenhoven.com, iTunes, CDBaby, Amazon, et. al.