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Interview: Rachel Gleddie
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Hi Rachel! Thank you for chatting with me today!
Who are some of your biggest musical influences?
That's a tricky question... while I absolutely love music that incorporates specific techniques like fingerpicking (folk, country, etc), I also think that my writing is influenced by multiple diverse genres; there is so much good music out there, and little bits and pieces will stick to my brain and end up influencing my writing style.
What is your creative process?
The beginning stages of my creative process are always sort of changing. Sometimes, I'll sit down to purposely write music (brainstorming ideas and messing around with different sounds and melodies, etc) and other times I have to pull over on the side of the road because an idea will randomly pop up. From there, I'll usually start with the music, and then write and workshop the lyrics as I go. If I can, I like to write the music and lyrics somewhat simultaneously as they often influence the other, but that doesn't always happen. If I had to describe my process in a few words, it would be "structured chaos" :)
Who would be a dream collaboration for you?
There are so many... I would love to collab with Joseph, Sarah Jarosz, Chris Stapleton, Hozier, Brandi Carlile... I'm sort of all over the map with this one!
Do you have a song you wish you could have written?
The Joke by Brandi Carlile is an absolutely stunning song... I wouldn't have minded writing that one!
If you had to describe your music in three words, what would they be?
Honest, bittersweet, reflective
What is inspiring you right now?
Usually, the thing that inspires me the most is nature. I know it's a bit cliche, but nothing destroys my writer's block more than spending time outside.
Do you remember when you realized you wanted to pursue music as a career?
Not really! Music has always been a central part of my life, whether as a hobby, a stress reliever, a way to process life situations, etc. Its function within my life sort of changes as I do. I'm just excited that my love for music has led me down a path of writing, recording, and (hopefully soon, covid willing!) playing live shows. It's such a fun and rewarding way to spend time.
Any upcoming projects we should be on the lookout for?
I'm doing some recording within the next month or so... really excited about this project! Stay tuned for more details!
Please let our readers know where they can find you!
You can find me on Spotify, Apple Music, and anywhere else you like to listen to music. If you like what you hear, head on over to my Instagram page and say hello!
Thank you for your time!