17 de outubro de 2017

Steven Vagovics Music and Life

The singer, musician and songwriter Steven Vagovics (21) was born in Bratislava, Slovakia. The artist says he’s been always interested by music. “As soon as I was five years old I started to play on the piano keyboard and on the drums,” he adds. In the beginning of his learning on guitar, Steven used to practice four hours per day; but now, because of his classes – he is also a music teacher – and his music career, he has been practicing about an hour a day every day.

The artist tells us his parents have helped him through his entire journey on music. “Without their support, I would not be able to buy a guitar or to produce my music,” he points out. Like most of the indie artists, Steven faced a lot of difficulties in the beginning of his musical career. “One of the main ones was my struggle to find some mixing engineers to help me craft my debut album. Then there were band rehearsals. To this day, I am trying to find some people who I can jam with. It is quite hard”, he reveals.

His main instrument is the guitar; about his music learning, Steven comments he is almost completely self-taught. “My dad showed me some basics when it comes to drums, but when it comes to the other instruments, I primarily taught myself on my own” he adds. His first guitar was paid by himself from his pocket saving.

The artists how inspire him are bands like: The Beatles, Radiohead, U2, Coldplay among others. His first public performance was around October 2015. Steven tells us it was just a fun little experience for his parents and for the parents of his classmates. “It made me feel quite energized; but there was this little weird feeling that I messed up the entire performance,” he comments.

Steven started writing songs seriously around 2013. His first recorded song was called Glancy; it even became an opener for his debut album called ‘Autumn’s Fall’ recorded in 2015. Asked about his writing process, the artist argues: “This is actually one of the most difficult questions that a songwriter can get, I think; it really depends on the song itself; sometimes it begins with the lyrics, sometimes with the melody or it both comes together at once”. 

On the Album 'Autumn’s Fall', Steven counts with the mixing engineer Kevin Stokley. “I've also tried to work with some other audio engineers but unfortunately, it didn't work out very well,” he reveals. 'Autumn's Fall' contains the songs: Glancy; Wonderful Day; Perfect Time; Come To Me; Eventually; Autumn Sunsent (Interlude); Buttlerflies; Part Of Me; Goodbye; Seens Like Yesterday and Autumn's Fall. 

In November 2016, was released the US Mix EP 'Steven Vagovics Volume One' with the songs: Perfect Time; Part Of Me; We All Stand Together; Glancy; Sing For Paris feat Ivana J. In August 2017, was released the acoustic EP titled 'Steven Vagovics Acoustic Sessions' with: Come To Me; Eventually; Part Of Me (on the piano); and Seems Like Yesterday. And his newest US Mix EP is called 'Steven Vagovics Volume Two' released on September 2017 with the songs: Cloud Nine; Come To Me; Eventually; Wonderful Day; Goodbye; and Follow Me.        

Steven says competition is, in his opinion, one of the main difficulties in the music industry nowadays. “We are living in a time when ordinary folks like me can record and distribute their music, which creates an avalanche of new artists and recordings,” he emphasizes. However, the artist adds that music is his fountain of happiness, a kind of relaxation, and an escape from the reality we currently face in the world.


Asked about his expectations in the future of the music in the world, he ponders: “I think that the streaming services will get even bigger and take up the role of the primary distribution service. I can't say that I'm happy about this scenario because I've always liked and always will like physical copies of music, such as CDs or vinyl”. To find out more about the artist's work visit: Steven Vagovics Official Website; Spotify; iTunesSoundCloudReverbNation; Fan Page; YouTube; and Twitter.


By Zel Florizel

24 de setembro de 2017

Daniel Moon Music and Life

The singer, musician and songwriter Daniel Moon was born in Lisbon, Portugal. He started to be interested by music when he was seven years old, having piano lessons. “My passion for the music started when I was at the Dom Pedro Hotel, in Vilamoura, Portugal; there was a pianist who played very well, so I wanted to start to learn it,” he reveals. His first performance was at the Music School of the Lisbon National Conservatory playing piano solo; at the time he was nine. “My teacher (who was Russian) was pushing me hard. So I felt the responsibility and I was nervous,” he reveals.

The artist tells us he practices music everyday and practices more writing songs. “About the time that I practice it depends of the day, because I am also a music teacher here in Portugal; that’s the way I invest on my project right now,” he adds. Daniel’s father was his great supporter, all his music formation was helped by him, and the artist adds he will be always gratefully for it. His main instruments are Voice and Piano. The artists that inspire him are: James Brown, Frank Sinatra, Jamiroquai, Robbie Williams, among others.


About the difficulties in the beginning of his career, he points out financial, promotion and book gigs: “all the financial effort is done by myself, It’s me who pay the studio to record the songs that I write and it’s me that pay to the musicians to play the others instruments; on promotion, here in Portugal to get the songs on radio it’s not easy because you need wedges and I don’t have them; that’s how it works unfortunately; and about book gigs, I am looking for agents who can book gigs for a project with ten musicians like mine, because every musician has to be paid, I wish to get much more gigs than I got until now,” he argues.


Daniel tells us he started writing music very early, but it was not great compositions. “I only started to do good songs with the time and doing mistakes,” he says. About his inspiration to writing, the artist says each song comes from different kinds of inspiration. “On the song ‘Be Different’ the inspiration came when I was almost sleeping but the TV was on; and it was showing Mercedes publicity which the follow phrase: ‘where others find obstacles, you find a passage’; then I wake up and started to write. The song ‘Give More’ I wrote with my eyes closed with a recorder on my side, and I was just singing melodies and recording, a few months later I wrote it on the piano,” he reveals.

His favorite songs written by himself are: ‘Please,Come Back To Me’, recorded on September 2016; ‘Give More’, recorded on September 2016; ‘Be Different’, recorded on May 2016; and ‘Precious Love’, recorded on January 2015. His first Album called ‘Be Different’ was released on March, 2017.

Daniel doesn’t have label and prefers managing his career by himself. “I had label, but now I am independent; and from the experience I had, I prefer to be independent; my opinion is that a label don’t want to help you as an artist at all,” he advises. In his performance Daniel counts with: Amando Filipe on the Drums; Miguel Menezes on the Bass; Ricardo Amaral on the Guitar; João Barreiros on the Keyboards; Rodrigo Lage on the Trombone; Tiago Cordeiro on the Tenor Saxophone; Jorge Barroso on the Trumpet; Carla Ribero and Lola Corista on the Back Vocals; and himself on Voice and Piano.


Daniel tells us his incomes come from the music classes he gives, but his goal is to make money with the music he does and gives more gigs. Asked about what he expects to happen in the future of the musical world, the artist says: “I hope that the media promote what they really think is good and don’t pass music that just pays more to pass, because that influences people's way of living and thinking; a good choice will always be good for the future quality of life of the young, especially”. What bothers Daniel is to fail and what makes him happy is to succeed. If there are some businessmen, agent or promoter who wants to contract Daniel, please contact him by: daniel.moon.singer@gmail.com. To learn more about the artist's work visit: Daniel Moon Official Website; Twitter; YouTube; Facebook; and Instagram.

10 de setembro de 2017

Ed Harris Music and History

The singer, songwriter and musician Ed Harris was born at the Quonset Point Naval Base in Rhode Island the smallest state in the U.S. Asked about his age the artist tells us: “I’m older than I care to admit and think younger than I am! Let’s put it this way; I remember the first unmanned space flights, walk on the moon, assassination of President John F. Kennedy, and Dr. Martin Luther King, the 60’s, Vietnam, etc”.

The artist is the oldest in a family of five children. About his childhood, Ed comments it was typical of a middle-class family living in Miami, Florida. “We were fortunate in that our parents found a modest new house situated on a lake; having the convenience of a lake for a backyard, we were in the water, on the water, or on the dock fishing almost every day,” he remembers. One of his fondest memories is of his father and him building a sailboat together. “I’ll never forget the excitement the first day putting her in the water; I had been and I am blessed with a wonderful family,” he emphasizes.

In his childhood, Ed spent his weekends exploring with friends, fishing, swimming, sailing, surfing, building forts, and several good actives only find in the South Florida. On Saturday mornings, he and his friends woke up before the sun rose and came back just before it went down. “Our parents never saw us on the weekends! Though I was very outdoor active, I also was artistic. I drew, oil painted, but my passion for music had always remained first and foremost,” he points out.

Ed reveals that in his teenagers he wasn’t into team sports, but he was somewhat known around school. "I never went with the crowd, but followed my own path, seeking out what I enjoyed to do most. It was during the late sixties I attended High School and drugs were everywhere," he comments. He never attended parties; He dedicated his time studying martial arts, building custom surfboards, and playing guitar, trumpet, and organ in some. "I wasn’t very academic back then but one of those individuals who squeaked by with minimal effort as possible. However, I excelled in music classes. Music came easy for me. I’m certain it helped that I loved music so much too!" He emphasizes.

The artist tells us he can’t recall when he was first become interested in music. At the age of four to five the little Ed was always around his mother singing with her, sometimes he sang the melody and at times the harmony. She was also responsible in getting him started on guitar. “She had picked up a small child-size parlor Stella guitar; initially, she thought it a good size for herself in that she always wanted to learn to play guitar; however, and to my utter amazement to this day, she came up with the idea of open tuning the guitar to a chord,” he remembers. His first song on the guitar was ‘On Top of Old Smokey’. His mother had him lay the little guitar on his lap and while singing the tune, listened for the chord changes. "The ingenious part of this was that by using the flat handle of a butter knife, I could simply lay the knife flat on the fret to make chord changes. So, in a very short period, I was making music and playing the guitar (in a way) at the age of five and it was fun!" He adds.

The singing lessons Ed ever received was from his Mother. The artist argues he never considered himself a vocalist and never had any big interest on it. "Either, you are born with an exceptional voice or you’re not; I was not and I’m ok with that; I’ve always felt more comfortable in expressing myself instrumentally rather than vocally," he says. However, Ed adds he is able sing on key very well, and jumps into any harmony interval easily. It’s for this reason he's been favored as a backup singer during those times he was in a band.

Ed argues that to him, practicing music is like taking a shower, brushing his teeth, or breathing. "I can’t remember a day when I don’t practice; it’s not so much how many hours a day you practice, but it’s more how you practice and how frequent you practice," he adds. The artist has developed a mental type practice as well; anytime during the day even while working, he will mentally visualize finger placement, phrasing, etc. which helps maximize practice when he is able to pick up an instrument. "I have gone for twelve hour stretches in practicing at times and other times I’ve practiced multiple short periods for only fifteen minutes but maybe twenty times during the day; I would leave the instrument out and every time I walk by it, pick it up and go over a few things; practice is different for every musician," he points out.


About the difficulties in the beginning of his musical career, Ed says he really doesn’t recall any difficulties; why music to him has always given him enjoyment and sanctuary from the struggles of everyday life. "I chose not to mix the two, but keep music as a serious avocation and not pursue it as a profession; If I had to do over again, I would have studied music academically to become a composer/conductor; however, I am happy where I am musically; I can’t imagine my life without it," he emphasizes. According to Ed, he does music by love, not because he is obliged to do it, and he is pleased he has found that equilibrium.

His main instrument is the guitar; the artist started playing it when he was five. He also played trumpet in his college times. Because his earlier beginning, he is able to play some others instruments. “Just recently, I’m starting to get to where I can stand to hear myself play the fiddle after 27 years! I also play Mandola, Mandolin, Upright Acoustic Bass, Banjo, Flute, Harmonica, Bouzouki, Cittern, and others,” he reveals. Ed tells us he has had many music teachers throughout his lifetime, public school music teachers and private teachers as well. He studied classic music for some years; however, he points out that every musician is able to self teaches. “I mean after all, it’s really up to them; after learning to read music and grasp some music theory, it wasn’t all that difficult in picking up other instruments over time; there is a plethora of instructional material out there today and the ability for someone to learn an instrument has never been more accessible,” he adds.

His first instrument was the old parlor sized Stella acoustic guitar as he mentioned in the beginning of our interview. His mother gave it to him when he was five and still has the instrument. His first electric guitar was a Christmas gift. “After that, I worked mowing lawns, bagging groceries, etc. to get other instruments,” he comments. Ed tells us he had grown up in a family which was all about music. “We always had several instruments lying about the house. It was inevitable other instruments would be picked up and played with from time to time,” he says. Some of his musical influences come from Turlough O’Caralan, Andre Segovia, Henry Mancini, James Taylor, Louis Armstrong, Al Hirt, Chet Atkins, John Doyle, Leo Kottke, Kevin Burke, Liz Carroll, among others.

Ed’s first performance was a solo Trumpet recital at his elementary school in the sixth grade. “I remember I was very nervous being on stage with no other accompaniment and having to perform a difficult Spanish piece; I don’t remember making any terrible mistakes and I got through the performance ok; I remember how it felt receiving applause at the end; though there wasn’t an encore request afterwards!” He jokes.

The artist reveals us he doesn’t consider himself a songwriter although he’s written some songs which included lyrics. “I’ve always been able to “hear” melodies in my head for as long as I can remember and as a result, gravitated towards expression through instrumentation, composition, and arrangement,” he adds. According to Ed, his writing inspiration comes from life experiences, and he intentionally doesn’t listen to a lot of pop music and doesn’t listen to music frequently as well. “The reason is fear of subconsciously ‘picking up’ a melody from somewhere else while I’m composing thinking it’s something I came up with. I’m very careful about that. I listen to classical and old traditional music which inspires me for arrangement, etc,” he argues.

One of the earliest songs Ed recorded written by himself was ‘The Gift Brittany’. “This tune I had in my head for some time before having the resources to record it”, he reveals. Now the artist has his own home studio. About music collaborations Ed says: “I have never collaborated with other artists on any recording project; everything you hear is strictly solo; it’s not that I wouldn’t welcome the opportunity to collaborate, but it’s just that it’s a challenge at times getting everyone on the same page at times; balancing career, family responsibilities, etc; I have found it much easier to just learn and pursue it myself. I make music because it is my passion not to make a living at it; that is a huge dynamic and a very liberating one as well”.

The artist released four albums and has been working in his fifth called ‘Well Below The Valley’ (Traditional Celtic featuring fiddle and vocals) that will be available in his official website. His complete collection are: ‘Two Rivers’ released Jan. 2014 - (Traditional and Contemporary Celtic Music featuring solo guitar, flute, fiddle, and others) – Harris Music  Available on iTunes; ‘Celticophilia’ released Jan. 2015 – (Traditional and Contemporary Celtic Music) – Harris Music Available on iTunes; ‘The New Bern Seisiúns’ released Feb 2016 – Harris Music (Nominated “2016 Celtic Album of the Year” by INEC, Scotland – Traditional Celtic Album) Available on iTunes; ‘Reflections of the Heart’ released Feb 2017 – Harris Music (Contemporary Celtic Music) Available at: Ed Harris Official Website. In addition the artist had worked in some film soundtracks with the songs: Crawdad Slip, New Life, and 8 Weeks in March.

Ed reveals us he doesn’t perform much, he is more a studio musician; however, he enjoys taking part in traditional Irish Sessions that take place in the area and nearby towns. The artist says that music has always been central in his life, and it is not professionally, but by love. “I chose instead to keep music as an avocation; for me, it eliminates the pressure and competition and gives me complete freedom to pursue music for the sheer enjoyment and love in making music; if my music makes a connection, then wonderful! However, I’m not pressured trying to build a base of loyal fans or worrying about maintaining and keeping my fans happy”, he points out.

Ed sees music as something personal, and he prefers being far from the competitiveness; there is no vanity in his music, just enjoyment for the art. For him, the new technologies also have been a watershed in the music scenario. “New technology is impacting the music industry and creating challenges for artists unlike we’ve ever seen before; we now have generations that do not need to spend money for music; there was a time when an album would be purchased because of one favorite song; the good news is that indie artists have more tools and resources available to them now than they ever had before,” he emphasizes.


Ed adds that, although these new technologies have made possible for everyone to make amazing music without having to learn to play an instrument, performance will never become old-fashioned. “I am seeing a surge in electronic music; many of these new artists hope to land a movie, commercial, or TV contract with their works; for me, I’m just grateful to be doing what I’m doing, and I will continue to do so for as long as I’m able; It’s been a fantastic ride of which I have met some very talented, gifted, and wonderful artists and folks along the journey!” He points out. To find out more about the artist's work visit; Ed Harris OfficialWebsiteReverbNation; Instagram; Facebook; Twitter; and YouTube.

by Zel Florizel

13 de agosto de 2017

Ugglan & boken: The Gap of Time

Ugglan & boken: The Gap of Time: Jeanette Wintersons senaste bok, The Gap of Time , är en av fem romaner som hittills finns i serien  Hogarth Shakespeare . Tanken bakom se...

9 de agosto de 2017

Virtual Puzzle by Raffaella Piccirillo

After a long year of great preparation, dedication and love for art, the singer-songwriter Raffaella Piccirillo presents us with another wonderful album. His latest work, Virtual Puzzle released on 21st July 2017 is available in digital and physical worldwide distribution. The album features twelve songs in varied genres such as pop and jazz where the listener will go into a true musical adventure.

Despite the short time to take care of the album's release and a series of activities involving her job as speaker, Raffaella was very kind in giving us this interview. The singer tells us that Virtual Puzzle is a re-reading of her EP 'Fragments of My Dreams' released in 2011; and new songs not yet published. "All the songs were recorded in acoustic versions with a more intimate and close atmosphere," she says.

Raffaella points out that being an independent artist, all the work was a result of musical collaborations and hard work involving artists from various countries. "This album is a tribute to music is like a virtual puzzle; even if there is a physical distance, through the digital means that we have today, we can unite the pieces of the musical world that are: the songs; the musicians; singers; authors; engineers among others, "she adds. The singer comments that inevitably the time for production is prolonged in this system, but it is worth.


The first song is Ragazzi, from the Italian, boys. According to the singer the song talks about the differences between girls and boys. "It is the most joyful lyric of the CD, it deals with a context situated in the universe of adolescence; however, reflected in an adult content as the inevitable behavioral differences between man and woman," she reveals.

In the sequence we have the song Brivido, from the Italian, Shiver. "The song speaks of that feeling you have when your soul is in doubt whether you want to be attached to your own body or separate from it to find the unknown, a different dimension, to change the earthly reality for this new one; it can have multiple interpretations," she describes.

The third track of the album is the song Angels of the Silence. The music has a delicate theme dealing with the issue of pedophilia; asked if she felt free to address this issue because she was not stuck on any label, she says: "As an independent artist, I have not yet wondered if the famous stamp artists are afraid to touch on that theme; when you sign a contract with a famous label, in large part you give up your freedom of expression in different aspects."

The album follows with the songs Stop! and Roxy: Stop! Has a more pop rhythm, is a cry for the end of the injustices committed by the outside world, is a song that denounces hypocrisy and dishonesty; Roxy is a personal dedication that Raffaella wrote in honor of her friend Rossella Ferraris (one of my favorites), a young poet who left prematurely. This is really a very special song; I cannot describe it here through words.

Everyday is the sixth track of the album, the song talks about varied feelings that a person experiences when a love story ends. "It is an inner struggle to get rid of negative thoughts, the desire to close the past and look to the future, because a better love is what you deserve," she adds.

Following, we have the songs Help Me and Lost: According to Raffaella, the song Help Me deals with the set of sensations and moods that are unconsciously felt when someone is afraid of being forgotten; And Lost brings a beautiful love story of two mortal souls forced to separate, yet they are inevitably destined to find themselves again in a new immortal life.

The ninth song is titled When a Man: it is the story of a soldier fighting in the war obeying orders against the enemy; however, this enemy is just an ordinary person like him, family's fathers away from their wives and children; the only difference is the search for a different goal, which consequently leads to the same cruel actions.

The tenth track is Nel Vento (Wind) is a song about people who fully live their love story and suddenly lose it 'like a fall leaf that falls and is lost in the wind'. "It's a kind of question and answer between man and woman, saying their version and point of view," she adds. 

Give Me Kisses is one of the bonus tracks on this album, an international collaboration with the composer Zel Florizel from Brazil. "I'm very happy of singing this song, I think my voice fit the arrangements well; and the song fit well with the rest of the album. Zel is also a great supporter of independent music; I will never be able to say enough thanks for his great support," she adds.

To complete the album in high style, Raffaella brings an acoustic version of the song Kiss From a Rose. "This song belongs to one of my favorite artists, Seal; singing it brings me immense pleasure and this acoustic version is a gift for anyone who buys the entire album," she points out. The singer is very happy with most such achievement in her career and adds: "Virtual Puzzle is a rather intimate album, very feeling; For me, talking about it abroad is already a great achievement."


Asked about the voice's care, Raffaella added that studying and practicing is sufficient for becoming a good singer. "Since you are a child, you should impose the correct use of your voice, not relying solely on your own personal talent, with exercises and much desire for your general voice and different styles. Being versatile is important, it gives you the ability of being technically ready and have a good musical vision," she emphasizes.

The album is available on Apple Music; iTunes; CD Baby and also on physical CDs. Virtual Puzzle is an Unforgettable Musical Travel; a gift Raffaella decided give us; an example of how powerful independent music can be if artists work together as a big family without vanities. You can learn more about Virtual Puzzle on: Raffaella Piccirillo Official Website.

by Zel Florizel

5 de agosto de 2017

Rock Essência na Feira Hippie

Leandro Lago
Nesse sábado 05/08 às 11:30 a Musissência e a Loja de artigos de rock, Rock Store convidam todos para o Evento "Rock Essência". Haverá muita música com o multi-instrumentista Leandro Lago. Além disso, a Rock Store estará sorteando camisetas para os presentes e na compra de um CD o participante também leva uma camiseta da loja com temas dos grandes ícones do Rock estampado.

O evento será realizado na Feira de Artes e Artesanato, mais conhecida como “Feira Hippie”; no Centro de Convivência Cultural de Campinas, no bairro Cambuí. Leandro também foi protagonista do evento Música na Praça apoiado pela Prefeitura Municipal de Campinas. O evento foi veiculado em uma bela matéria no Jornal da Cidade de Holambra, Jornal Local de Campinas e está também no site da Prefeitura Municipal de Campinas.

Para saber mais sobre o trabalho musical de Leandro Lago acesse: Musissência Fan Page. Conheça também o site da loja Rock Store e uma linha completa de artigos para os amantes do bom e velho Rock in Roll; como camisetas, jaquetas, coturnos e muito mais nos modelos feminino e masculino. Agradecimentos à página Alma Hippie por apoiar o projeto Rock Store. Vale a pena conferir!

por Zel Florizel

28 de julho de 2017

Tracy Colletto Music and History

A cantora e compositora Tracy Colletto teve seu contato com a música bem cedo, logo aos cinco anos de idade. “Lembro-me vividamente de estar no jardim de infância apreciando as novas músicas que aprendi; eu as cantaria para minha família assim que voltasse para a casa, então eles me pediriam para cantar para outros parentes e amigos,” revela.

Seu principal instrumento é a sua bela voz, geralmente Tracy toca piano ou teclado como acompanhamento em suas apresentações. “Sempre cantei, mas quando se tratou de tocar um instrumento musical na infância, escolhi a flauta, seguindo os mesmo passos de minha irmã, ela era muito boa com esse instrumento; porém, não dava para cantar e tocar flauta ao mesmo tempo”, brinca.

Na adolescência Tracy passou a tocar violão e escreveu as canções do seu primeiro álbum com o instrumento. Logo após, mudou para o piano seu atual instrumento e com o qual escreveu as canções de seu mais recente CD. “Embora eu sinta falta da portabilidade do violão, acho o teclado mais confortável e natural ao meu estilo de composição,” explica.


De acordo com a cantora, são muitos os artistas que a inspiram e de diversos gêneros, alguns deles são: Annie Lennox, Kate Bush, Ane Brun e Alison Goldfrapp, pelos vocais; Rickie Lee Jones e Tori Amos, pelas composições; e Bjôrk, pela criatividade. “Voltando no tempo, sempre admirei o fraseado de Frank Sinatra; mais recentemente, tenho escutado Dawes, Elbow e Ray Lamontagne”, acrescenta.

Sobre sua primeira apresentação, Tracy nos contou que não lembra ao certo onde foi. Sobretudo, sempre esteve envolvida com algo musical, seja no coral da escola, no teatro ou em casamentos. “A primeira apresentação das minhas músicas originais em público, foi em uma mostra de palco aberta em uma cafeteria local e meu amigo me acompanhou no violão. Eu estava tão nervosa, porque quando você executa música original pela primeira vez é algo realmente diferente, na ocasião eu cantei três canções,” relata.


Na primeira apresentação de Tracy não houve cachê. Contudo, a cantora pôde mostrar seu talento como intérprete e compositora o que a tornou mais autoconfiante. “Foi um alívio, porque eu finalmente compartilhei minhas canções; eu as matinha somente para mim nos primeiros anos; nem mesmo minha própria família as tinha escutado; mas agora eu estava feliz, elas eram apreciadas em público como as canções as que já tocam nas rádios,” enfatiza.

Tracy revela que começou a criar canções aos cinco anos. “Eram pequenos trechos que eu cantarolava andando pela casa; no começo, as canções falavam sobre voar ou vencer; mas logo elas passaram a expressar as emoções e o que acontecia comigo em determinado dia,” adiciona. Sua primeira composição foi ‘Fly Someday’, com cerca de um minuto.

A cantora destaca que em seu processo de criação quase sempre a melodia surge primeiro, baseada em uma emoção ou sentimento. “As letras demoram mais que as melodias, sei o que quero na música quando estou compondo, mas as letras precisam se encaixar bem foneticamente e combinar com humor da canção,” acrescenta. 

“Minhas criações favoritas são: Stay, essa é a minha predileta entre as baladas tristes, adoraria apresentá-la com um quarteto de cordas ao vivo; também gosto muito de Complete Peace, porque viajar e explorar são coisas que amo muito fazer e a letra trata desse tema; Patmos é outra música inspirada em viagem, ela fala sobre a beleza e os mistérios da ilha de Patmos; continuando, adoro Keep on Changing, essa canção apresenta a maravilhosa improvisação de Michael Ronstadt no violoncelo; e concluo a lista com The Ride, esse é meu querido country som, gosto dele porque é divertido, um pouco diferente e foi premiada no Independent Music Award como melhor canção do gênero alternativo,” destaca.
   
O mais recente trabalho de Tracy é o álbum Chocolate Happy Cake gravado na primavera de 2016 com as canções: It's Over, Falling Back, Patmos, Release Me, Stay, Open Road, Keep on Changing, The Ride, Summer, Complete Peace, Victory e It's Alright. A cantora enfatiza que é muito afortunada em ter tido excelentes membros de bandas profissionais trabalhando em seu álbum. Entre esses músicos estão: Kevin Hanson (guitarras); Erik Johnson (bateria); Chico Huff (baixo); John Conahan (cordas e piano); Gary Oleyar (violino e bandolim); Michael Ronstadt (violão); e o engenheiro de som e produtor musical vencedor de dois prêmios Grammy, Glenn Barratt.

Tracy se apresenta em torno de sete ao mês em cafés e casas de show. “São todos locais pequenos; contudo, me apresentar publicamente faz parte da minha prática” comenta. Suas apresentações são voz e teclado; a cantora adiciona que adoraria tocar com uma banda completa, contudo depende das casas em que se apresenta.

A cantora acrescenta que onde mora não há muitos locais para apresentação de cantores-compositores que pagam bem e bandas cover tocando em casamentos ou bares se dão bem. “Entretanto, os serviços digitais têm aberto portas para que minha música seja transmitida globalmente; isso impactou significativamente a venda de CDs nos meus shows; é também de onde vem a maior parte da minha receita,” revela. 

Tracy acrescenta que escolheu a música como profissão, pois, sempre teve a arte como meio de se expressar. “Quando fizer uma pausa com a música, ela me perseguira até eu voltar; a música é beleza e conforto, a vida sem música seria um pesadelo,” enfatiza. Recentemente a cantora fez uma mostra gratuita em uma biblioteca para apoiar uma instituição sem fins lucrativos que fornece instrumentos musicais para estudantes menos favorecidos.


Sobre o futuro no cenário musical, Tracy argumenta que é difícil fazer previsões com tantas mudanças. “Infelizmente, parece que a tendência é a música perder valor, pois a transmissão é gratuita e o acesso imediato diminuiu a atenção dada pelo público”, lamenta. Para Tracy, o ideal seria uma renovação de interesse na música ao vivo em um nível íntimo, de volta ao elemento humano básico. “A conexão humana é muito importante,” argumenta.

Uma das coisas que a desaponta é a industrialização da arte musical. “É lamentável que músicos extremamente talentosos não consigam encontrar público porque a música tem se tornado tão corporativa; no entanto, com a música online você tem um grande potencial para alcançar o mundo, com algum trabalho árduo e fortuna, o que me deixa feliz; somado a isso, o Spotify faz um bom trabalho para recompensar os músicos; e o Twitter tem sido a melhor fonte de conexão e network,” ressalta. Para saber mais sobre o trabalho de Tracy Colleto, acesse: Tracy Colleto Offcial Website; Spotify TwitterFan PageSoundCloudiTunes  e YouTube.