Interview with Riot Girl: Lauren Wakefield!

Lauren Wakefield
Photo: Lauren Wakefield

Lauren is an American solo artist and plays acoustic punk music sets.
She both performs self-written songs and covers other artists.
Check out her cover of The Distillers song Hall of Mirrors on youtube ,
its the best cover of it out there!

Shes got an amazing voice , her own killer look and with her guitar she
will blow your mind away!

A Riot Girl with an breath taking voice!

So heres the interview!

Can you remember when your interest for music started? and what made you wanna start playing music/sing?

Well, I've always been interested in music, my whole life.
As far back as I can remember, I've been singing along to any song that caught my fancy. I've always
loved music. When I was about 14, I picked up and taught myself how to play the guitar; I already knew
how to read music from my prior experience in playing Saxophone.I fell in love with the idea of being
in a Punk band,at 14. I learned by watching Billie Joe Armstrong's fingers in the Green Day's Music
videos. Haha. But, My biggest inspiration was and is Brody Dalle, always.
Seeing her for the first time, at 14-years-old,
I fell in love and wanted to have the same type of band, for sure!
When/what did/made you decide to start playing/singing music ?

I learned guitar at 14; 2004. I've been singing all my life. It was all natural to me.
What made you choose the instruments you play? or what made you want to sing in the way/style you do?

I chose guitar because of my teenage infatuation with Punk, honestly. At the time, all I wanted
was to be in a band. When I was 10, I picked the saxophone because of Lisa Simpson.

Photo: Lauren Wakefield
How did you learn to play your instrument /sing like you do?

Learning guitar, I spent hours and hours on end learning my favorite songs, practicing chords,
blistering, quitting and picking the thing back up again. With singing: Not a day goes by where I don't listen to and sing along to my favorite songs.
Living with me, my family and friends have had to deal with me belting out at any given time of day/night. Haha, same as guitar, practice, practice, practice.
Do you remember the first song you learned to play/sing to?

Which one was it?
The first complete song I learned to play/sing, with my guitar was "Good Riddance"
by Green Day.

Which musicians has had the most impact on you ? Why?
Throughout the years, My musical style naturally shifted to the style of Blues/Soul music,
because that's just where my voice always ended up taking me. I'm very much inspired by the passion and vocal stylings of singers such as Etta James,
Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Big Mama Thornton, Bessie Smith, Janis Joplin, Howlin Wolf. Brody being my first love, I was always impacted mostly by her writing.
Also, one of my absoulute favorite aritists who's writing very much impacts me is
Shawn Harris of The Matches. As for a list; The bands/aritsts that have most inspired me through the years are: Green Day,
The Beatles, The Distillers, Elvis Presley, Ramones, The Matches, Rancid, Sublime,
Ray Charles, Otis Redding, Bob Dylan, Hole...etc. Sometimes,
I'll even find inspiration from an unknown artist playing in a dark local bar.

Do you have any musicians you have learned from?
I learned guitar watching Billie Joe Armstrong strum it up in Green Day Videos.
Also, watching Brody Dalle. As far as singing goes,I've learned many different styles,
singing along to artists from Brody Dalle to Janis Joplin to even Mariah Carey to Whitney
Houston to Elvis Presley. I believe I can always learn something from someone.

What does playing music mean to you?
I love playing music. Always have and always will, I think. It's always been somewhat of a 
get away from shit in my life.
Weather it be writing about something or someone, just to express an emotion. Or just singing to bounce back from a shitty mood. A cloak of happiness, if you will.
Haha. Learning new songs, writing music, sharing my music and performing, are all the greatest things in my life. Playing music is pretty much all I know how to do, haha.
It's the thing that I'm best at, and I love it more than anything. I'll be playing my heart out, forever, somewhere, when I'm raggedy, old and have to d
epend on a walker for support.

Photo: Lauren Wakefield

Can you remember and describe your very first instrument? And what it ment to you?

The first instrument I learned was the Saxophone. I learned when I was about 10 years old. 
I went on to play in my Schools' Classical and Marching bands, for years. Playing and teaching that instrument will always mean a lot to me because it brings back a
time in my life that was... interesting and challenging-- music wise. A simpler time--human wise.
Are you ever influenced by old records & tapes? 

Absolutely! I spend a lot of my shopping time digging in Thrift Store vinyl record bins and winning
bidding wars on ebay for my favotie records. As I mentioned before, a lot of my biggest influences are artists that were in their prime during the
mid-20th century.
I love to collect their old records, the earliest pressings I can find.

Who are your favorite musicians?
Right now, and pretty much all the time, in heavy and frequent rotation in my iPod are: Janis Joplin & Big Brother and the Holding Company, anything Brody Dalle, The Beatles,
Elvis Presley, Etta James, anything Shawn Harris, Otis Redding, Ray Charles, John Lennon...

When did you know that music was one of your missions in life?

I couldn't even tell you a specific time/date. I've always known, baby.
Which band have you played in/ Are you playing in?

I used to front a Punk-ish band called The Solicitors.

How would you describe your music style to other people?

Blues, Soul & Rock N' Roll!

Photo: Lauren Wakefield

I know you have played alot of gigs ,does it ever happen that
get nervous before a show?

Not often. Sometimes. I never know when it'll happen, though.
I figure, I'm most nervous when the crowd is on the smaller side.

What advice would you give to beginners who wants to start a music career?

-Practice, practice, practice. Lame advice but the truth, for sure. Practice in everything you do.
Work hard at it. Play your city's open mics. Play the street corners.
Hahaha. Practice your chords, your tuning, changing your stings, that note you can't quite hit,
your scales, your cool Chuck Berry duck walk, across the stage.Practice everything.

What kind of concerts do you like to go to yourself?

I like to go to whatever show any band/artist is playing, that I like. Local or not.

Have you ever gotten rejected by venues because of the kind of music you play?

I used to, sometimes, when I was with my band.
Now, as a solo artist, I haven't gotten turned down because of my genre... yet.

As a girl , have you experienced beeing underestimatet musically?

All the time. I've definitely been taken advantage of, in the begining, but, I don't know that it's just
because I'm a girl. I don't think that's the only factor. I'm not sure what it is, but when I tell people I play Blues/Soul music, they're unimpressed,
until I hit the stage.
No one ever thinks I'm capeable of singing the way I do, at first. As for the guitar playing, I think people maybe underestimate me because of my gender. But, naturally, I don't give a fuck, because I know I worked my ass off, for so
many years crafting my musical style to my version of perfection. Vagina or not.

Photo: Lauren Wakefield

Is it difficult for you to balance your music-career with your personal-life?

Baby, my musical career is my personal life. Hahahaha This is all I do, and I fucking love it.

What is your best music related memory?

I love getting recognized at my musical heroes' live shows. Hahaha, It feels awesome to know that
my hard work is paying off, somewhat.

Listening to your youtube tracks,
I can hear you have your own vocal sound,
is this something you have worked hard on to achieve?

Absolutely. Again, I mention practice. My vocal style is simply the result of hours of practice,
throughout the years.
And last but not least , what goals do you wanna reach with your music?

I want to go as far as possible with my music. I want to live on and take care of my family on
my musical success, alone. Again, this is all I know how to do.
This is all that I am good at, and I want everyone to know me and my loud mouth.

Photo: Lauren Wakefield

Thanks for the interview!
Check out her music! :https://www.facebook.com/LaurenWakefieldMusic/

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