intervju med BAM CHIX

What are your names? / Who plays what? / How old are you?
Breanne - bass
Courtney - drums & vocals
Leah - guitar & vocals
Tessa - vocals & vocals
We’re not young, but also not old.  
Have any of you played in other bands? Oh, goodness, yes.  We’re seasoned veterans at this point, both for performing and recording.  In fact, we’re all currently in at least one *other* band, as well.
Did you make music even when you were young? Absolutely.  We were the kids that annoyed our parents with incessant racket, and then blossomed into musicians in the teen years.  
Where are you from? / What year did the band form? Courtney recently relocated from Chicago.  The rest of us are native to central and eastern Kentucky.  We got together in 2018, meeting through friends of friends, or having worked together in past projects.
What's your style / genre? Rock and roll!  We blend together elements of rock, funk, blues, metal, and whatever else we find lying around.  It sounds trite and pretentious to say “we don’t like to be confined to a single genre”, but, we sound like us and that’s just how it is.  :-)
Have you done any covers live?
Given that we’re all parents with families, it’s slow going; after a year, we’re still in the early stages of being a band.  Most reasonable and paying gigs around central Kentucky are for cover bands, and they’ll want you to play three or four hours and entice people to buy drinks and food.  So, we have three sets, around three hours, of cover material, mostly modern rock stuff, or modernized rock versions of 80’s synth pop songs, and mostly from female artists.
But original material has always been the goal.  We’ve slipped into our repertoire a few “covers of ourselves”, songs that Tessa and Leah wrote in a previous local rock band, and are itching to write more all the time.
Who does the composing and writes the lyrics? / Do you start with the music or the lyrics? /  Do you compose in a certain environment?
Leah: It’s all over the place.  There are those songs that pop into your head in the middle of the night, waking you from sleep to scramble for a piece of paper.  Songs that develop slowly, over years.  And other songs that pop up from an interesting improvisation.  Those are the most fun, IMO.  Somebody is tuning and absently hits an interesting rhythm, which inspires a chord pattern, which causes Tessa to get this look on her face and start scribbling frantically in a notebook, and *poof* ten minutes later we have a catchy song that we can then arrange and edit.  That’s my favorite kind of collaborative writing.
What are your songs about? 
We sing about the complexities and idiosyncrasies of interpersonal relationships in a complicated modern world.  And self-love.  :-D
We don’t take ourselves terribly seriously, and that makes the whole thing a lot more fun.
Where have you played live this year? / Where do you plan to gig the coming year? In and around central Kentucky!  Maybe Cincinnati and Nashville?  Bring it on!
Are you looking for a booking agency? / Are you looking for a label? We’re not in this for money, we’re in it for the fun and the creative outlet.
What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying records now a days?  / How do you think the music industry have changed because of this?
In the digital streaming age, it’s certainly easier to reach people who might enjoy your work.  Without the cost of pressing discs and printing inserts, the financial barrier for entry has lowered significantly.  It’s great, because there’s so much great music out there… if you can find it.
But it also means that there’s less money going around on the individual artist level.  The major labels haven't figured out how to deal with this, and waste time annoying everyone by blocking their music on youtube.
What do you think of my work? To be honest, I can’t read a word of Swedish.  :blush:  Hooray, google translate!  With the decline of the traditional music industry, independent writers keep the artist community alive.  Keep up the good work.  <3
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What are your plans for the future? Write more songs, play more shows, record.  Repeat.
Do you have something to add? Support local music!

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