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Artist Spotlight - Vera Bloom

(Photo Credit: Erica Avi)

1. How did you come to pursue music and how long have you been at it?

"The concept of music has been with me since childhood. I grew up playing piano classically. With a little rebellious streak I started writing songs around 14 and played in my high school talent show. Went to music school in Boston. It wasn't really until after college that I decided to go for it full time in Nashville."

2. Could you walk us through your process of writing music?

"There's kind of two repetitive ways that I do it. One is that I wake up at 3am and I just have to write lyrics down or lyrics and a melody and that ends up as a sleepless night getting a song out. The other one is just over months songs cultivate. I put lyrics in my notes app and work on melody. If something resonates with me I finish it out. I usually start with an acoustic guitar to get the skeleton. Then I take it to GarageBand and get the bass, drums, etc. I flesh out a full arraignment and then take it to the guys I normally work with who are just fantastic musicians."

3. What artists have inspired you in your career?

"It's hard to pinpoint just even a handful. The older I get, the more I realize how impactful my childhood was with what I listen to. Even though I don't directly draw from these certain artists, but I've never been able to escape this late 90's early 00's sound in the Puget sound area out in Seattle. I have to give a lot of credit to Soundgarden, Nirvana, and Green Day. Also, as an adult woman and how I present to the world, I respect Joan Jett, the women of L7, Courtney Love, and more. There's a lot of women that have paved the way and make me feel like "I want this for myself". I had this urge to scream and people would be like "Oh you sound like this person or this person". I don't sit and draw from specific artists in a song, but in my instinctive choices I'm not sure who it was." 4. Do you have any favorite music gear (guitars, amps, effects pedals, keyboards, etc.) that you love to use? If so, what’s the story on them?

"Yes. But I feel like I need to grow because I get very comfy. I have a Telecaster, but it doesn't sound like a Telecaster. When paired with this Fender Hotrod Deluxe amp it just sounds warm. That's my sound baseline."

5. Can you describe the vibe at your live shows? Also, what do you enjoy most about a venue when you do a show?

"My live show is a lot more punk than a lot of my songs come across except for the actual punk shows. High energy, all about the energy. I feed off the music and performing with four live musicians and four live bodies. It's what the essence of what rock. It doesn't matter if we're playing in front of 100 people or 5 I can't half ass it"

"What I appreciate about the venues is just treating us well. Leaving with a sense that we were appreciated. I also love when the soundperson is like "Hell yeah". It's cool when you can make the soundperson's night."

6. What is one thing that you want the public to know about your music?

"I hope that in some capacity, either lyrically, or musically it can bring you a positive effect."

7. Do you have any upcoming projects you would like fans to know about?

"I just decided that I'm going to record and release a single in spring. I've been playing it live and people have been enjoying it. So I'm thinking of releasing it in Spring."

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