Vickie Davies - 10 Questions Music Interview
VickieDavies is a singer-songwriter and musician (keyboardist) from Southern California. Her main style of music is R & Band soul. She loves how music brings color and life to the world. Her inspiration comes from her personal experiences and the people around her. Vickie is an innovative and extraordinary musician. She worked as a background vocalist for five years. As a new artist on the scene, she wants to create music that resonates with people on a spiritual level. Her focus in life is to keep life in music and keep music in our lives, because music has blessed her in so many ways.
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
When I was three years old, my father passed away, and I felt incredibly lonely as a child after his passing. My family used to have a Casio keyboard sitting in the family room, and one day when I was feeling sad, I started to bang around on the keys. Soon, my banging on the keys became music, which was surprising to me and my mom. I never had a lesson before playing on the keyboard, but from that moment, music became apart of my life. I would play my original pieces on the keyboard as a child, and as I got older, I began writing them down.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
This story is somewhat related to my music career. I used to be a tour guide at a museum in Boston, Massachusetts, a few years ago. One day during my tour, I had one of the guests request for me to sing. I didn't know how, at the time, they knew I could sing. I found out later that one of my colleagues mentioned that I was a vocalist. At first, I refused to sing, but my whole group started cheering me on. I believe I sang "His Eyes is on the Sparrow." My tour group enjoyed the small concert I gave that day. This moment might not necessarily be the craziest thing that happened, but it was random.
What has been the high point of your music path?
I have had great moments like performing with my gospel choir at the Folk Festival in Rhode Island and performing an avant-garde piece, "A Rose Grows Out of Concrete" by Nona's Hendryx and Sun Flower Project. I am still building my career as a musician, so I haven't reached that high point yet.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
I don't have a specific method. Sometimes, I'll sit at my keyboard and start playing a few melodies. Then from there, I'll write those melodies down. Other times, I might be sitting on my bed or driving in the car, and inspiration hits, and I begin to sing out some lyrics.
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?
I think the most challenging part of being an independent artist is marketing yourself. Some indie artists produce, write, arrange, record, mix, master, manage, promote, and perform their songs themselves. Independent artists have to get creative when promoting their music because it can be challenging to build an audience to listen to your music.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
I had this fantastic singing partner and friend when I first started performing on the stage that had the most magnificent voice. When we performed together, it was like floating on air. I would love to share the stage with them again.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
I usually do vocal and piano warm-ups and pray before I perform. Also, before I record a song, it keeps me focused.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
Right now, I'm writing a challenging song. The song is about my dad. I find it hard to write about deep and raw emotions sometimes. I'm still trying to find the right words and melody to express the story.
What's coming up in the future?
I have released a single, "Essence of You," which is about love and admiration. I'm also writing a musical book. As a teenager, I read quite a bit of manga, there was one manga with a soundtrack as you read along online, and I always thought it was a cool concept. So, I started writing a musical book about the five stages of grief. Each chapter will have music as if it was a musical or a film. I've worked on this project for a year, and hopefully, I'll have it finished sometime next year.
Tell us where fans can access your music?
You can find my music on my website.