Suzanne's Band - 10 Questions Music Interview
Suzanne's Band is an indie folk/rock combo led by Texas based singer/songwriter Mia Suzanne Walker. Highlights of Walker’s career include being Captain of the Air Force choir at Sheppard Air Force Base and backing up Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith.
Walker’s shows are usually a blend of covers from the 60's, 70's, 80's to current in addition to originals. The anti-genre approach to her songwriting creates an entirely different basis to build on, along with introspective ideals, and the importance of self-worth laced into the lyrics.
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
A friend of mine worked for the School of Rock. She encouraged me to join their adult band and start playing guitar. Once I did that, the songs just started flowing. It went even faster when I also started playing piano again after a long hiatus.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
Maybe not crazy but definitely out of the norm. I once set up for a 3 hour gig and was about to start playing my first song when a guy came up and dropped a $5 tip in my basket. He said he liked supporting local musicians. What a night!
What has been the high point of your music path?
My high points are always that moment in the studio when a song I've been working on for so long comes to life with all the instruments. Up to that time, I've only heard it in my head or on my piano or guitar. I can't stop smiling when it all comes together!
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
LOL! Usually a good song hits me in the shower or while I'm driving. The tricky part is getting to paper fast enough or the notes section in my phone to write it down.
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?
Promotion is murky waters. You never know what company will do the best job and where the best place to spend your meager budget will be. Live music is another issue. So many places have schedulers that seem to be non-existent, don't call back, etc. I've had venues book me then double book by accident.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
I think it would be cool to do a duet with Steven Tyler. I love his energy!
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
I tailor my set-lists for the audience and venue I will be playing at. I always always warm up well vocally. I run through the whole set list or at least through songs I might have difficulty with and then take "show day" to rest until warm-up time so I'm fully rested and ready to go.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
On my first EP Breathe, Young and Free was tough as it was the longest and conveyed several ideas. I would put it aside for a few days then come back to it. I kept chipping away at it until it was finished.
What's coming up in the future? Our first full length album Back To You is coming out first quarter of 2020. One of the songs will more than likely be released as a single first in January.
Tell us where fans can access your music?
Suzanne's Band song “One More Night of Christmas” will air on National Indie Radio (WNIR) commencing December 1st through December 31st as part of BWH Music Group’s Holiday Radio Special. WNIR features the best independent artists in the world and is part of the highly selective and nationally renowned BWH Music Group platform. The Holiday Radio Special will feature original holiday songs as well as covers by exceptional independent artists. Station information can be found at www.wnir-radio.com.