Showcasing musicians from around the world, Featured Member Interviews give Musical Exchange members a little insight into the things we share as musical artists.
Carnegie Hall: What are three things you love about music?
Rebecca: 1) The fact that it truly is a universal language. 2) Being able to take a song and turn it around 180 degrees and make it something completely new. 3) The fact that no two artists are the same.
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Carnegie Hall: What is the best musical advice anyone has ever given you?
Rebecca: I read something online not too long ago that said “Never compare yourself to another artist.” I loved that because no two artists are the same and what another artist has that you don’t, and vice versa, is what makes you and your sound unique.
Carnegie Hall: Who is your biggest inspiration and why?
Rebecca: My biggest musical inspiration is Adele, hands down, no competition. I mean, obviously she’s immensely talented, both vocally and musically, but the fact that she became a huge sensation just being exactly who she is is really inspiring.
Carnegie Hall: What is your favorite quote?
Rebecca: My favorite quote is “I make music for the ears, not the eyes.” Adele said that in an interview when the interviewer asked her why she doesn’t feel the need to lose weight. I think in a lot of ways, the current American music industry focuses too much on appearance and too little on the content of one’s work. I love this quote because it comes from someone who is finally defying the stigma that the American music industry has created in the past 20 years.
Carnegie Hall: What is the story of your instrument? Does it have a name?
Rebecca: I’ll talk about my two guitars for this one. For about two years, I had been playing my mom’s guitar, which was fine when I was just beginning to teach myself, but as I was getting better I needed a guitar of my own. For my 16th birthday, instead of having a big party, I told my parents I just wanted a new guitar. So they took me to Guitar Center, and I picked out Belle, my blue Ibanez AEL20. I named her Belle after the Disney princess a) because she’s my favorite princess and b) because since my guitar is blue, and Belle’s dress is blue, it was only fitting. I got my electric guitar this past Christmas. After playing solely acoustic guitar for nearly 4 years, I decided I wanted to be able to create a slightly harder sound that could only come from an electric guitar. So I picked out a Squier Affinity Series Telecaster (which I HIGHLY recommend) and dubbed her Florence, after Florence Welch of Florence + the Machine.
Carnegie Hall: What are you currently listening to on your iPod?
Rebecca: So much. Three of my favorite artists right now are City and Colour, Iron & Wine, and Bon Iver. Dallas Green (City and Colour) is absolutely genius. I love that he’s able to stand on a stage with just a mic, a guitar, and his wonderful voice and put on an amazing show, much like Samuel Beam (Iron & Wine). And as far as Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) is concerned, he is just a god to me. The sheer beauty in each and every one of his songs, and the purity in his voice draws me in every time I listen to him.
Carnegie Hall: Do you play in any ensembles?
Rebecca: This coming semester, I’ll be involved with my university’s opera, and I’ll also be performing in the chamber choir. In the past I’ve performed in several types of ensembles from straight up choral ensembles to show choirs to contemporary a cappella ensembles.
Carnegie Hall: Where is your favorite place to go?
Rebecca: Walt Disney World, by far. That place for me is home. My dream is to get a performance job there, which is nearly impossible, but would be incredible.
Carnegie Hall: What's the most fun you ever had at a musical event?
Rebecca: I’ve had the privilege to perform in Walt Disney World’s Candlelight Processional twice, and that was just an incredible experience. Not only am I a HUGE Disney fanatic, but being able to perform on a Walt Disney World stage was truly a dream come true for me. It didn’t hurt that we got to go to Magic Kingdom the following day.
Carnegie Hall: What are the 3 best things about your city/school?
Rebecca: I’m extremely lucky in that my college is about a half hour from downtown Nashville, which, obviously, has an amazing music scene. My school also has a renowned recording industry program, so I could be making contacts with future record executives. Those contacts will be really helpful when I’m trying to build a career. Also, my school has a dorm specifically for music majors, so it’ll be awesome being around all those like-minded individuals.