Michele D'Amour and the Love Dealers
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 discovered as a very young kid the power that telling stories can have in helping process emotions. It's great therapy. When I was six, I wrote a song called "My Mom is So Mean." I don't remember what prompted it, but it definitely set me on the path of writing songs.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
Showing up to a festival that had hardly anyone attending because the organizers had forgotten to advertise. I'm leaving out the details to protect the involved parties.
What has been the high point of your music path?
It would definitely have to be going to Memphis during the International Blues Challenge, performing in some showcases there, and then recording at the legendary Royal Studios. Aside from it being an awesome time, the result was our Heart of Memphis album.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
Every song is different. Some are more like "downloads" where the song just appears in my head with the lyrics, melody, everything. Others are lyrics first or melody / groove first and I have to work harder to pair them up with the appropriate counterparts. I have lots of melodies and lyrics written, stored on my computer, just waiting for their matches! Once I have things partly fleshed out, I then present them to the band, and we get them the rest of the way ready. Then we rehearse and finally debut the song at a show.
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?
You have to wear a lot of hats when you're independent. Writer, performer, publisher, marketer, and so on. The music industry needs more people who are willing to help indie artists with the business side of things so they can focus more on creating.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
Davina and the Vagabonds. I love her writing, singing, and playing, and I think their fun and sometimes quirky vibe would work well with ours.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
We always plan out rehearsals with the songs we need to polish more, or new material we're working. I send out the list beforehand, and we all do the work so that when we get together to rehearse, it's efficient.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
Hard Times, from our Wiggle Room album. I had lyrics in need of a tune that had been sitting for a while, and the lyrics are about a tough topic so they were difficult to write. Finally our guitarist out of the blue came up with a chord progression that fit. Then it just needed something else to elevate it, which is when I asked Brian to write the piano intro which brought it all together.
What's coming up in the future?
We are working on new songs for our 7th album, which we hope to record later this year. And we're looking forward to playing some festivals this summer!
Tell us where fans can access your music.
About Michele D'Amour
Michele D'Amour is a born storyteller and award-winning songwriter who penned her first song at the age of six and became a published poet in her early twenties. Her lyrics treat difficult topics with a sense of soulful whimsy and wry humor. Michele sang in her church choir, wrote songs, and sang lead for some local bands before honing her craft at several of the blues jams in the Seattle area. Now together for twelve years, the band has released six albums.
About the band, LA Music Critic said "There is nothing like a good solid blues rhythm coupled with an amazing female voice that understands the true sound of the blues. Michele D’Amour and the Love Dealers understand that there are different grooves for great blues music, and they have mastered all of those styles... they bring an authenticity to their sound not normally heard by today’s modern blues bands."