GoGirls Interview With Linq

Each month GoGirlsMusic.com spotlights an artist or band from its community, asking a series of questions. This month we feature Linq, a modern protest singer who takes a left-hand turn into the up-close-and-live with the release of her fifth full-length CD, Caught in the Act Acoustic. Enjoy!

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

I started my music career very late in life. Music had always been important to me, and I had always dabbled, but more recently I entered a hugely creative space and realized I didn’t want all the songs that were channeling through me to die unheard. The wonderful audience response to my first stage appearance confirmed that I was meant to do this, and I realized that I might actually be able to make a positive difference in the world through my stories.

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

I typically describe my music as electric folk and rebellion rock since it often tends to be edgy. That being said, I just veered off that electric path and released a solo acoustic album. Go figure.

I enjoy finger-picking, and I incorporate it into my songs regularly. That stems partly from an early fascination with the music of Simon and Garfunkel. I saw them live twice in Boston in the late ‘60’s when they were making their huge mark on the music scene.

Bob Dylan’s early music was an inspiration, too, with his ability to use lyrics as social commentary and protest.

But the psychedelic rock blew my mind, too. I came of age in the ‘60’s, and I just had to have an electric guitar. Seeing Led Zeppelin live when they first came to the US and then later tackling Jimmy Page’s finger-picking on “Stairway to Heaven” transformed me.

What’s your ideal venue atmosphere?

I love a space with great acoustics, a good sound engineer, and an attentive, open-minded audience… ideal for connection.

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

My earliest original music tended to focus mostly on love/loss themes due to my personal circumstances at the time, although the first song that I actually released was in the protest category. My focus has since evolved much more into the social justice/political arena, including extensive accompanying activism.

How would you describe the music scene in your area?

There’s a vibrant music scene in my area. Many of our local musicians, including myself, are dedicated to also providing performance opportunities for others in addition to following their own careers. It’s a win-win situation for all of us, and it provides our local communities with low-cost, and sometimes free, music entertainment.

What was the inspiration for your latest release?

I just released “Caught in the Act Acoustic” at the end of September, and it’s a total departure from my previous albums. My previous studio recordings have all involved bands, harmonies, and electric effects. However, I most often perform solo on stage with or without effects depending on circumstances. A while ago I was on the road playing an acoustic set, and a fan approached me after the show. She had heard and enjoyed my recorded music, but after seeing me live for the first time she said, “Now I get you.” That comment planted the seed that at some point I needed to do a solo acoustic album for my fans who appreciate the more bare-bones, up-close-and-personal vibe. The opportunity presented itself when one of my recording engineers (Lee Madeloni, also my main session drummer/percussionist) was back in the area from the west coast for a few days. We jumped into the studio and recorded all the songs live with him adding percussion on about half of the tracks.

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 think that first it’s important to think about and then bring a relatively clear vision of your objectives into the studio. Adding a positive attitude, a collaborative energy, and aids such as charts for your session players should help speed the recording process.

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

If you enter the music industry because you love what you do, are willing to stay true to your musical vision, and are willing to work hard toward your goals, I think that it’s possible to reap many rewards. A musician friend once told me that he knew he’d just wither and die if he couldn’t play. Patience and perseverance are key elements. If your motive for starting a career is mainly to become rich and famous, disappointment and burnout are the most likely results.

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

Probably the toughest thing for me was actually making the decision to jump on stage to play for the first time at the age of 55. (I left a lucrative but increasingly unrewarding career as an independent pharmacy owner to do this). The main discomforts have been getting used to being on stage playing for an audience and getting used to traveling after all those years of being tied down by the responsibilities of the store. However, the incredible positive feedback I received that first night on stage sealed my fate. I knew right then that I was meant to share my music with the world, so I did the work to get comfortable on stage and am learning to consider traveling an adventure rather than a challenge.

What is the most important aspect of your music career?

Making some kind of a positive difference in the world through the messages contained in my lyrics is very important to me. When audience members approach me after a show because a particular song of mine touched them, I know that somehow I’m doing that. We’re still evolving in the world, and I personally believe that music is one of the most powerful tools we have to bring people together, to celebrate each other, and to break down barriers. I’m also convinced that if we as musicians individually focus on the things we’re most passionate about, collectively we can address everything necessary to build a peaceful, just world community.

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

Keep playing, even if you aren’t writing or performing at the moment! Several years ago I remember wondering why I kept grabbing my guitar and playing it at home since I never played for anyone other than myself and occasionally a few friends. If I had given up then, I wouldn’t be sharing my wonderful musical experiences with you today, and this particular interview wouldn’t exist.

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

I was able to successfully make a total life change onto a musical path in my middle fifties, so I hope that any of you out there who might be hesitant to try it because you think you’re too old will use me as an inspiration to follow your heart.

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

My GoGirls membership has provided me with many networking, educational and performance opportunities, contacts within and exposure to the music industry, and support when needed. I wish there were enough hours in the day to be able to take advantage of everything offered.

Connect with Linq at:

www.linqmusic.com
www.facebook.com/linqmusic
www.youtube.com/linqmusic
www.reverbnation.com/linq
www.myspace.com/linqmusiccom

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