GoGirls Interview with Alli Battaglia

Each month GoGirlsMusic.com spotlights an artist or band from its community, asking a series of questions. This month we feature singer/songwriter Alli Battaglia, who began writing and performing music 10 years ago after surviving a near fatal auto accident. Her story is fascinating. Enjoy!

What drives your music? When did you first know you had to do this thing called music or bust?

I began writing music 10 years ago after surviving a near fatal auto accident. An angel saved my life that night, and my life was changed forever. This as well as the days that followed were a very profound experience for me. It was at this time my path became clear and I decided to follow my dream.

Describe your music style and name three musicians you have been inspired by and why.

My musical style is a mixture of rock, epic, funk and pop. I like so much music. It is hard to pin point anything in particular. If it sounds good, I like it. And in a way that is how I have always written. I was very inspired by the rock n roll of the 60’s, 70’s and 90’s. Earlier Dave Mathews Band works inspired me a lot as well because they were different, diverse and melodic. Also bands like Live, Blind Melon, and 10,000 Maniacs. When I was real young I listened to R&B, which still comes out in some songs. I have several different vocal styles really; that I will sing in different songs to change it up and make it interesting. The one common thread I try to keep is a good melody and a heart felt chord progression.

What’s your ideal venue atmosphere?

I love to play outside. So my favorites would probably be playing festivals and at outside venues!! Nothin’ like singing out into the open air. The energy at these shows is often real positive and exciting.

Describe how your music career has evolved since you first started performing.

Well, I started later in life, so it has very much been like a mad dash. I started as a solo artist, but very quickly formed a band. I talked my significant other, along with my 3 brothers into playing with me, and we played locally for a few years. I have almost always preferred playing with a band. You just can’t beat that feeling of totally rocking out : }, and I think that a rock band has always been my vision from the beginning. At a certain point I decided to take my music beyond my local arena and began to play down in The Bay Area. I met a producer there and recorded my latest EP and am now touring around CA!!

How would you describe the music scene in your area?

Chico, CA is amazing!! The amount of talent here is almost unreal. You could very well say that there was something in the water or the air, and hectic people just flock here. There are over 300 gigging bands in this tiny city, and that is no joke!! It was definitely a blessing to have crashed and landed here. It was the ideal place for me to grow musically.

What was the inspiration for your latest release?

Polo Jones (producer) was the instigator behind my latest EP ‘Water Drop Flame’. The inspiration was the feeling of wanting to take my songs, develop them, and bring them to a wider audience. I got to work with some amazing musicians and engineers and the process as a whole was a huge learning experience for me.

What do you think is number one for a musician to think about before preparing for a CD project and do you have any tips on saving time in the studio?

I would say it depends on what level you are at. Make sure the musicianship is high quality, the vocals are done very well, and that you have a good sense of what you want before you go in. Record to a click track if possible and make sure the tracking is done right so that the mixing process is easier. Good drum and bass tones are important, and a good engineer or producer can make a huge difference. Being prepared and organized before you go in will save a lot of time and money!!

What makes or breaks a musician just starting out in your opinion?

A fire that will not dim, resilience, a willingness to work hard as well as accept change, and a never give up attitude. A good product and a unique sound is also very important in this competitive market, as well as marketing and promotion.

Describe your toughest moments in your quest for a music career and tell us how you overcame them.

Well, if you are doing this trade, it is most likely because you have a dream and are willing to endure the many obstacles that can occur. There is always that, “OMG what am I doing moment, is this really all gonna work out.” But I try to remind myself that the journey IS the destination, and that I am “doing it now.” I try to overcome all things with a positive mind set. I tell myself that there are at least a million possibilities, that I can never be truly stranded and to just keep moving forward.

What advice would you offer up and coming artists that get discouraged other than don’t give up?

Ummm… “Work smarter not harder.” : } It’s the truth.

Tell us something you want the music world to know about you.

I am honored to be a part of the musical evolution on this planet. : } I hope that my music gives back to this beautiful place as much as it is healing for me to create. And …”For those about to Rock, I salute you.”

What have you gotten out of being a member of the GoGirls community?

An endless source of information regarding all aspects of the indie music journey!! A great forum of hard working and like minded women who learn from each other, opportunities that abound, team work, and the privilege of watching and learning from our inspired and fearless GoGirls leader Madalyn!

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