Interview with PhoenixFire52

Q. What are your influences in music?

My musical influences are:

Classical, Guitar music, Metal, Orchestral, 80's & 90's rock, NF and Eminem

Q. For how long have you been doing music? What was your trigger to start your career as an artist?

I have been doing music from an early age. I took piano lessons from a teacher who would not teach me how to read music at the age of six. At age 11 I began classical piano studies. I was already an accomplished performer by then. I got my first acting part at age four, playing a doll! By the time I was 8 years old, I had done a performance in front of 1,000 people.

My trigger to start a career as an artist was twofold. One, my husband and I were trying to earn moolah. Second, I had a goal: I want to be able to listen to my music on Pandora. Pandora meant a lot to me; it got me through some hard times.

I discovered if I wanted to get on Pandora, I needed a distributor. I decided to upload to Audiomack, and they are lovely, lovely people. Things kind of snowballed from there.

Q. Who produces your music?

I do. I do everything musical, stem to stern, except if I use someone else's track as a base for my song. How did this happen? When I lived in Colorado, I was both sick and bored. I purchased a Tascam portable studio, a Yamaha keyboard, a microphone, guitar cables, and audio computer software. That is when and where I recorded "Life and Death" and "Condolesco". All that music is my own performance on the keyboard, using layers of tracks.

I had to learn all details of production to get a final product, so I taught myself the process.

Q. What is your process to create your music? (Do you start by listening to the instrumental then writing your lyrics?) Following years of instruction, practice, performance, and many prior compositions, the creation process is very basic. I may or may not write down lyrics. The last two songs I just played the track and sang what came into my head!

Then I listen and layer. I am a cook also. To me it is like making a layer cake. You start with a base, build on it layer by musical layer. Hopefully you come out with yummy chocolate layer cake, not a disaster!

Q. What kind of instrumental do you like the most? Guitar. I am highly trained on piano, and I have very complex emotions about the piano. I love the simplicity of guitar and its smoothing sound.

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Q. Which instrument would you like to learn in the coming year?

I want to learn guitar! And ukulele! Both dreams of mine to get proficient at.

Q. Let's say that your budget is unlimited. If you could pick an artist for a future collaboration, who would you pick?

I would choose Harmini. I dig his sound, style and message!

Q. Several artists say they write their own lyrics while instead people can notice that many artists are helped by ghostwriters.

As an artist which place do you give in writing texts and being the interpret? I am also a writer, so to me, writing the lyrics is EVERYTHING. I will sing my lyrics, my husband's lyrics, and anyone else would have to be pretty dang special for me to sing their lyrics. I have to know and relate to them or I can't sing other than musical parody or irony.

Q. How many music videos would you like to do for your project? Do you think that artists must do a lot of music videos per project to stay relevant in the music industry? I love doing videos ; they're really complex, fun art projects for me. I do all my own videos using free footage from various places, and/or clips I personally shot. To me they are an art form, and I experiment with different effects and concepts in them.

I then cut the video into shorter lengths and format it for various platforms.

It is a mistake to make too much content at once or at all. That book from your grandma on Christmas Day means everything. The fully stocked bookshelf, those books probably gather dust. Too many to process! That is how it is with creating too much content, too quickly.

Q. Before the pandemic, which places around the world have you been able to visit for your career?

Hahaha! I went to Tijuana, Mexico once as a little kid. Did not like it. Haven't left the country otherwise.

Q. What are your plans for 2021? Are you currently working on projects?

Plans for 2021 are continue to work at all this until it starts reaping dividends. At some point all this hard work will pay off. Sometimes it is hard to keep the faith it will all workout.

But we do.

More about PhoenixFire52:

- The Ballad Of The Pissed On Mule Deer

- Made For TV

- It Means THIS

- Triage

- Lord Of The Storm

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