6 Questions With Whitney McClain
Welcome to “6 Questions With…,” a series of interviews with emerging artists, musicians, and bands focusing on the music scene and how they live within it. It started as a quick, fun project, but has quickly gained serious interest, so it has become a permanent fixture here on Indie Minded. Over time, the questions may change, but the sentiment will stay the same. This is a way for independent artists to be discovered by new fans on a global scale.
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Next in the hot seat is Los Angeles-based indie soul-pop-R&B singer Whitney McClain. We have not had the privilege of featuring Whitney here on the pages of Indie Minded, so we are thrilled to bring you this short interview. Sit back and enjoy! This is what is great about this series – the discovery of new music.
For those who may not be familiar, please tell us about your music: the type of music you play, where you are from, and how you got started?
I would describe the type of music I make as Pop/R&B/Soul music. I was raised Salem, Oregon. It was a nice place to grow up. I really enjoyed it. I always sang and loved music since as early as I can remember. A few years back, though, I started singing professionally after inquiring about singing lessons from my uncle, Marlon McClain. He then connected me with a producer in Los Angeles. After getting to LA, I recorded my first single, “Bombs Away,” which ended up becoming my debut single from my EP, Nothing To Lose. Everything started moving from there and here I am, having just released my new single, “Cruise,” and working on my new album.
In which ways do you enjoy interacting with fans (i.e.: social media, backstage, on the street), and do you find that this is an important piece of your career?
Well, my favorite way to communicate with my fans is when I meet random people who actually recognize me. It’s great to get to meet them firsthand. Also, I like to communicate with fans through social media platforms like Facebook. I mostly use Facebook and Instagram. I really appreciate all of the love and support I get from my fans.
What do you find to be your greatest struggle when it comes to the music business?
My biggest struggle in this business is dealing with the inconsistencies of the music business. I am really the type of person that likes to know all of the details, when something is happening, how it’s happening, etcetera. I don’t like when things fall through or don’t happen if it was supposed to, but sometimes it seems like that’s just the nature of the business, so that’s tough.
If you could only play ONE of your songs for the rest of your career, which one would it be?
If I could only play one, honestly, it would be one of the songs I have that has not been released yet. I can’t give too much more information yet about it, but I really feel like it comes from my soul and I love to sing it!
While we wait, here’s the new single, “Cruise”
What do you think is the most realistic goal you can achieve as an artist/band? What do you hope to achieve?
The most realistic goal I can achieve would be winning an award. That is a tangible goal you can achieve by working on the craft of songwriting and recording a killer performance of the record. I think that’s something that I can pull off. Overall, I hope to be wildly successful in the music industry and to be able to expand my platform into philanthropy over the span of my career.
Outside of music, what do you like to do that you feel contributes to the creativity that you tap into for your music?
In the past, I liked to get into dysfunctional relationships. LOL. But now I really like to color and be in nature. Those things spark inspiration for me outside of music. I also like to pray and sing to the Lord. I love to travel. Seeing new things and being in new places inspires me, for some reason. I don’t really know why. Cooking food helps me to tap into my creativity, as well.