Lea B - 10 Questions Music Interview
At a young age, Evangelea Bourinaris (aka. Lea B.) started singing and writing lyrics. She hasn’t stopped since. Lea has a unique, heartfelt approach with her music. Lea earned a bachelors degree in Popular Music Emphasis from William Paterson University and previously studied at Montclair State University. Lea’s voice is known to be very versatile. She can go from belting a rock ballad to performing a pop hit in seconds.
Lea's most recently released project is titled, Symptomatic. This concept album was released on December 27, 2020 and consists of ten tracks that offer an all-exclusive look into the lives of those with chronic illnesses/mental health illnesses/autoimmune diseases. A survivor herself, Lea wrote this album as a musical/therapeutic diary that chronologically expresses her struggle with anxiety, depression, endometriosis, adenomyosis, and Hashimoto's disorder. Lea B. can also be heard singing covers on her YouTube channel under the channel name, Lea B. Her Youtube channel is also the place to find her her most recent music videos. Check out her music videos for her singles, "Fossils" and "L.A." off of her first album, History.
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
I would say my middle school was my "catalyst." With dances, new friends, crushes, and puberty, I started writing music about what I saw unfolding around me. It's funny, because now I strictly write about my own experiences with love and loss. Back then, I would observe the everyday lives of kids in my grade or older. Then, I would take those stories on as if they had happened to me.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
It would have to be meeting my long-term boyfriend, Nick, at one of my shows at The Stone Pony. Crazily enough, we met on the app, Vine. He is a local musician from Annapolis, Maryland and we became friends very quickly. Nick came to watch me perform at The Stone Pony in 2016. We have been together ever since.
What has been the high point of your music path?
Thus far, I would say that playing at The Bitter End in New York City would be my high point. So many of the artists and musicians that I grew up listening to have performed there. I was lucky enough to get a Saturday evening time slot there last year and have all of my family/friends come out to see me. I am so grateful to have shared a legendary stage like that with my idols and to have played my last show there before the pandemic started.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
I usually come up with a chorus first. Then, I write the verses and the bridge. The bridge is always written last because to me, it is the most pivotal moment of a song. All of my inner meanings or messages in my music can be found in the bridge.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
If the music industry could change one thing, it would be to actually listen to their clients when they say that they need rest. Artists and musicians are only human. As humans, we can be pushed so far before we are exhausted and considered "damaged goods." It is great to push through and work, but I've learned that rest can be great for an artist.
When we rest, we heal and rise above again. Sometimes, we even create new music or projects that we thought could never be achieved. I just hope that with the way things are now, the music industry can continue to actually listen to artists when they say they need vocal rest or help these musicians with their mental health without judging them for it.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
One day, I hope to share the stage with Lady Gaga. She is someone who is so versatile with her craft. Gaga can go from Pop to Country to Rock in one swoop and I admire how she keeps everyone guessing with her performances.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
Remember to breathe. I am always practicing my breathing before a live show. I tend to get nervous before stepping on stage. So, I make sure I can calm my nerves and focus on my breathing. I also always center myself by remembering that every performance is an experience. Just be the best you can be.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
Off of my third concept album, 'Symptomatic', I have a song called "Somehow." Like the other songs off this album, I wrote this one about my experiences with diseases called Endometriosis and Adenomyosis. Both chronic pain illnesses have a long list of symptoms including infertility. This song was written for my future child and/or children. It was a challenge because right now, I am not actively trying to have a child and do not know what my future holds in that department.
Also, writing to someone you don't know yet can be really difficult. When I listen back to it now, it gives me hope that other women or men going through this same journey can find the strength to not give up. Nothing is ever impossible in this world.
What's coming up in the future?
I hope to release a few new projects this year. I have been writing, mixing, and mastering music throughout the past year that I hope to have out into the world very soon.
Tell us where fans can access your music?
Thank you so much for having me, Bryon. I've enjoyed answering these questions. You can find my music on Spotify and Apple Music!