Lightning Echoes Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD. What type of artist are you?
LE. We are an alternative pop duo. (We’re not sure if that is the right term to describe our music, but we try to make songs that are simple, catchy and interesting at the same time, if that makes sense!)
PD. Tell us the brief history of yourself.
LE. We met at music production school, started collaborating on midterm projects and things like that, and really enjoyed it. We have the same drive and determination to do something serious with this, so it made sense to become a ‘real band’. And here we are 3 months later…
PD. Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
Kaitlin – I always hesitate to say this, and I still have a very love-hate relationship with her (don’t get me started), but the whole reason I started writing songs and singing was because of (a younger version of) Taylor Swift. She is a great songwriter with a very inspiring story, plus she can write a bridge and turn the whole song around like no one else I know! I also love the swedish folk duo, First Aid Kit, and Ed Sheeran.
Alejandro – I think my main role models are Björk, Imogen Heap and Mew, but there are so many more artists that I’ve learned something from.
PD. What are your dreams and goals?
Alejandro – I want to make music that makes other people’s lives a little better, just like building a better car or making great food makes someone’s life better. And I want my music to open the doors for me to meet people who I admire and can learn a lot from.
Kaitlin – My goal as a musician is to make people happy. If I see people smiling or dancing at a live show or while listening to our music, then I’ve done my job.
PD. Who writes your songs, what are they about?
LE. So far we’ve done everything together, and that’s what makes this so much fun. We both have our individual projects where we are in charge of everything, but for this band we write, play, produce, record and mix everything together. One of us may have more ideas for words or specific sounds or something, but we end up doing the same amount of work.
Our songs are usually about an idea or a concept. We spend a lot of time visualizing and tossing around words to try to describe a time, place or an emotion and then try our best to recreate that into a song.
PD. How do you promote your band and shows?
LE. So far, most of our promotion has been done online. We have all the loveable social media profiles and we try to stay on top of that as much as we can. Recently, we have been reaching out to several promoters, blogs, radio stations and podcasts with hopes to get our music featured on their platforms. Other than that, we mostly share our music through word of mouth to other local musicians and listeners.
PD. What do you think about downloading music online?
LE. It’s awesome that now everyone can listen to whatever they want, wherever they want!! Like everything else, it has its positive and negative aspects, but the bottom line always seems to be the same: as a listener, you have endless songs at your fingertips; and as an artist, if you want to be successful, you can be – since all the tools you need to release, promote and sell music online are available to you!
PD. What song do you wish you’d written and why?
Kaitlin – I really wish I had written the song ‘My Wish’ by Rascal Flatts. Such a perfect and beautiful song
Alejandro – There are so many of them! Right now, ‘Round Here’ by Counting Crows comes to mind. The lyrics are so well-thought and powerful, and the kind of freedom I hear on their vocal melodies and general writing is very inspiring.
PD. What are some of your pet peeves?
Kaitlin – Impatient and grumpy people.
Alejandro – I spent all the time I had for this question asking Kaitlin what ‘pet peeves’ means. Next time!
PD. What is your proudest moment in music?
KD – My proudest musical moment was in April when we were playing at Tree’s Organic Coffee House in Vancouver. There are lots of people coming and going and a general buzz of hustle and bustle in room. As soon as we started singing our slower, more ambient song, Far is Not Far, the whole place went completely silent and it felt like everyone stopped what they were doing, pulled out their cell phone and started recording and swaying along to the song. They even stuck around after the show to rave about how much they loved the singing. That was pretty cool.
PD. So what are you working on at the moment?
LE. We just released our debut EP ‘One Tiny Bright Spot’ and we are working hard to share that with everyone on the internet! We also spend at least 1 day a week rocking with an acoustic guitar and a toy glockenspiel at the beach creating new sounds and melodies. We’ve also started a cool collaboration project with other Vancouver musicians to keep the good things coming!
PD. Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
LE. Our next show is on Sunday June 17th, at Tyrant Studios, a theatre/lounge space in Vancouver. We will be performing songs from our debut EP, One Tiny Bright Spot, just released in April! We promise to spread good feelings, good music and happiness throughout the night.
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