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 Brooklyn-based indie grunge-pop band LadyChild. We have not had the privilege of featuring LadyChild 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.
All answered by LadyChild’s lead singer and songwriter, Genevieve Faivre.
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?
LadyChild is a few years in the making. I have spent the last few years writing, recording, and gathering content to promote in order to put out something professional and something I was really proud of. Once that was ready to rock, I roped in my brother, his best friend, and another good friend from my hometown to play gigs with me in NYC. I describe LadyChild’s debut EP as a smorgasbord of sounds. I’m still trying to sort out who I am as an artist and these five songs are my first big steps to defining that. I quite literally took all the genres I was influenced by such as grunge, jazz, R&B, and classical music and twisted them into this EP.
As an artist, how do you define success?
Success can be measured by so many different aspects of your career. It’s exciting to watch your project rise to better venues, bigger crowds, and more social media followers. But what I define my own success as and the success of those I admire is the respect you gain from within the community. It’s so difficult to be taken seriously in an over-saturated industry. Sometimes it can feel like you’re clawing your way through a rat race where everyone is trying to take your place. But eventually, if you stick around long enough and work hard it becomes a community of artists that mutually respect each other. Everyone has something unique to bring to the table and it doesn’t necessarily matter if people “love” my songs, as long as I can gain a little respect within the industry.
What do you find to be your greatest struggle when it comes to the music business?
Standing up for myself, for sure. I am very opinionated and passionate about my music and vision, but sometimes that passion can lead to emotional reactions when I need to keep myself strong and put together. I’ve improved over the years but I have a hard time standing up to people when I feel they have led me astray regarding my music. This often can lead to financial waste which is something I do not want to spend energy worrying about.
If you could only play ONE of your songs for the rest of your career, which one would it be?
I would probably choose ‘”Lazy Girl.” The song has matured so much since we recorded it and I believe it will continue to develop as LadyChild’s sound develops. I also love that the message and the tone of the song hit such a specific experience. One that expresses the struggle of anxiety induced laziness that I think many American millennials can relate to.
Who do you consider your greatest influences?
Recently my biggest influence has been Bjork. We don’t necessarily share a similar sound, but whenever I am doubting myself or I am afraid to go in a bold direction, I look at Bjork in all her glory, and I no longer feel afraid. Actually, she has quite the opposite effect on me. Next to Bjork, I feel pretty lackluster. Her music and art push me to take more risks.
In terms of sound and songwriting, I am most influenced by Radiohead and a lot of video game music, especially The Legend of Zelda series. Radiohead has influenced my songs in terms of lyrics and song structure. Video game music tends to influence me subconsciously. It is background music and it’s not meant to distract you from the game so it seeps into the inner workings of your mind. I don’t know how many times I have begun writing some chords and realize that it sounds just like a song from a video game.
Outside of music, what do you like to do that you feel contributes to the creativity that you tap into for your music?
I am a high energy person and I often need to find high energy activities to keep myself from going insane. I think exercise is a great outlet for myself when I am not writing or performing. It makes me feel strong and confident which is so important for an artist. I need to feel confident in myself when sitting down to write or going on stage. The musician’s lifestyle is exhausting emotionally and physically and exercise creates a stable platform for my body and mind. I also love to rave. It definitely gets my blood pumping in a similar way as working out. I need to go out and get wild every now and then. I love music festivals, I love warehouse raves, I love to go dancing. It’s more than just fun for me, it’s necessary. I need that release in order to progress as an artist and as a human being. I channel that raw, primal energy I feel from dancing to electronic music into my performing, singing, and songwriting.