“A really in-depth interview that just portrays how passionate Emma Shaka is!”

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艾玛Shaka的全新专辑“我是谁”是一个非常大胆的和诚实的声明。从最初的说明,任何听众会注意到的第一件事情是一个歌手,一个演员真正感觉到她唱的是什么:专辑名称不仅仅是一个朗朗上口的名字,这样的战绩真像一个俯冲潜入艾玛的世界。 “我是谁”打算想通过简单悦耳的旋律和摇滚乐一起协调起来。虽然这专辑的所有歌曲都有点标有相同的水印,能立即一眼认是一个独特的工作的一部分,这有个真正使人振奋多元华的流动,使得这张专辑的其中一些记录是一个从头到脚聆听上的喜悦。这演出曲目如此精心的策划,然而直接的感觉确实有助于听者获得一个真实的情感历程。了解更多:www.emma-shaka.com

Shaka-你的音乐已经处在摇滚的极端了,虽然还是需要很多的旋律。它是从自然平衡到最佳混合吗?
旋律对我来说很重要,是我作曲时想到的第一步。我作曲时是我考虑的第一件事。在做和弦我总是先开始处理旋律,而这一点,直到满意为止。在这个阶段的旋律,歌曲的结构(合唱/诗节/间隔)几乎完成,只差正确的和弦进行。我简单地记录一切在录音机里,然后发给我的吉他手詹姆斯。他能知道哪个和弦更好的对应哪个旋律,有时候一个旋律他能想出5,6个不同的版本,我只选择那个最触动我的那个,总有一个版本是我喜欢的且第一灵感总是对的。自发性总是引发很多问题,旋律与和弦之间的平衡很自然的吻合。对那种特定歌曲的那种声音我总有一个精确的想法,幸运的是我的音乐人很容易沟通。詹姆斯总拎着木其他和我一起作曲,我们在作词作曲时总是达成共识,所以我总称呼他为我的灵魂伴侣(哈哈)。他总能明白歌曲的要求。我们在一起玩音乐很多年头了,我们完全是一个组合,这可以带来一种非常自然的方式来写歌,这并不意味着我们很多样化。像那首歌曲“Sex away”只花了3个小时作曲(包括歌词) ,而在另一方面,“Let me try”我们花了几个月的功夫才真正算“完成” 。一旦一首歌曲做完,我们提交到节奏组排练。从排练室穿传出来的重摇滚的声音,吉他amps,热情激昂的管乐器和在节拍上咆哮的鼓。只要我需要听起来是这样的它就会这样,如果我觉得一首歌需要流行多过摇滚,我只需要问我的音乐人他们的想法,试图通过他们的观点制作出来,现在工作从他们的角度来看过…推断和肯定每首歌都归结自然,但是它仍然需要乐队人员大量的工作去完成想要的那种音乐。
– 如果你可以和全明星伴奏做乐队或者任何音乐人合作(不管他/她在不在人世),你觉得会是谁且为什么?
天啊!我喜欢你这个问题。我仍然需要强大的三人组在我后面支撑着,因为我相信这是最好的组合。至于吉他手我会毫无疑请Slash的加入,当我还是十几岁时,我是Gun’s & Roses’的超级粉丝,我现在还是他最近的一个Snakepit项目的一个超级粉丝,和Slash在舞台上会是一个成真的梦想!我会选择 Foo Fighters 乐队的Dave Grohl作为鼓手,同样奇怪的原因是我选择Slash,我曾经像大家一样是一个“嗅觉系青少年精神”的上瘾者,现在痴迷于Foo Fighters乐队!他们每首歌背后的力量和歌曲都极尽疯狂,这就是为何我会叫Dave Grohl加入这个全明星伴奏乐队。呵呵..差点忘了低音..听起来似乎很奇怪……我会用我的贝斯手David H. Ortola,主要有两个原因,第一,他和我一样既是Dave Grohl和Slash的粉丝,如果哪天我和他们在台上演奏没有叫他,我想他会灭了我,其次是因为David简直就是一个真正厉害的贝司手…谢谢问这个问题,谁晓得希望哪天Slash和Dave会看到这一点呢?
-你的音乐把你带到世界每个角落,网络上,甚至“现实中”。你的周围有因此而影响到你的工作吗或者不管你去哪你总保持你的个性不接受新事物?
你说得对,我们今天生活在几乎所有音乐家和艺术家不得不回到15年前的梦里中,而这个梦可让您的音乐游走在世界各地!今天独立音乐人和他们的专辑从美国到日本或欧洲都随处可见,有时免费….很疯狂是不是?我不认为我适应过新事物或有意受影响于听起来像是夏季最新的主打歌。我喜欢阿黛尔的声音,例如词曲创作方式,但并不意味着我要谱写一首听起来就像“Rolling The Deep”的歌曲。从我所有喜欢听的音乐人中我的所有歌曲被很多种方式影响,这是无意识的,在过去的十年我一直听的音乐就像一个大熔炉一样。我总是尽量保持真实的自己,真实的是作为一个作曲家我相信一首好歌无论你哪一年听总会保持它原始的味道,从“主打歌”出发有些轻微的不同,旨在短期规定的时间内会很受欢迎的。
-你是个独立的艺人。对你的正面和反面的评论是什么?
我会告诉你真实的一个观点…乐队里的人都知道这个事实,有些人可能不知道…作为一个独立歌手在2013年今天带着一个需要推广音乐意味着:编曲,写歌,演奏,唱歌,安排,录音,制作,混缩,母带制作,录像,设计,推广,巡演预订,脸谱,推特…..一条龙服务这要花很多个小时甚至更多!所以最好要疯狂爱上自己干的事情,且也没有其他选择了。作为一个DIY的艺人并不需要你一个人把事全包了,对我来说一个巨大的优势是我可以挑选谁和我一起奋斗,很简单,例如:我选的录音室,工程师,设计师,视频制作,一个有管理能力的经理(对了,经理是一个非常重要的角色)
我也有一个很好的粉丝团队在我需要时化妆,发型,派传单或有些人在我表演时帮我弄CD架。他们的支持是无价的!(感谢各位),但是有一个坏处,很巨大的坏处:资金问题… ; (专辑制作成本花费超过30 000 $不包括让全世界都知道你的存在的推广需求…… 当你是一个独立音乐人,你得在为你的爱车买一套新轮胎还是选择为你的专辑做母带中选择….我选择了母带…我花了一年又一年的储蓄用在工作上以便能够出专辑然后把我带到今天的地步,但10首歌的专辑设计&混缩&录音共8.99$,看来似乎太多了(收到你的iTunes报告这就是你要首先告诉自己) 。流媒体并不能使它更容易,但我不是那种容易放弃的女人,我现在在制作现场DVD ,巡演同时为下一张专辑作曲。
– 如果你可以用一个词来形容你的专辑“我是谁”会是什么?

真诚

– 工作上还是生活上?

工作还是生活?不好说,因为就像问我最喜欢的那两个音乐人一样,感觉不一样。
工作室是一个非常重要的工具,因为它是唯一让我称为“完成”一首歌的方式 ,为了编写更多歌曲工作室也是一个伟大的地方,你会从中发现也许合唱需要改变或制作旋律需要准备和一些在排练时你没有听到的问题….同时因为成千上万很酷的原因,它是一个超棒的工作室。

在一些列录音后你会变得更成熟和作为一个音乐人成长起来的地方,但也有很难作出选择的时候,像是说别人哪里不对?为什么?…..对我来说工作室是舞台上的反面教材。在舞台上,它很瞬间的,不管你头痛还是你男朋友突然抛弃你,你必须唱歌,你必须把它表演好。

因为这是你现在做的事情,第二点是你现在要为那些专程来看你的拥挤人群舞台前演奏!正能量完全和工作室不同……灯光, 汗水 ,心跳,表演,高分贝的声音和啤酒的味儿……我也喜欢在舞台上冒一点风险,就像尝试的一些没人听过只有乐队知道的歌没人,我在这样的舞台才感受到真正的自己。

若切中要点的回到你问题,我会说,我比工作室中的我更真实,只因为我想在每个表演中见到不同的人喜欢我的音乐,这是最高的嘉赏。

MARCH 14, 2013 (6:17 AM)

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http://emma-shaka.com/

Read more, on : http://moremoresound.tumblr.com/post/45336640101/emma-shakas-brand-new-album-who-i-am-its-a

“A really in-depth interview that just portrays how passionate Emma Shaka is!”

Emma Shaka’s brand new album, “Who I am” it’s a really bold and honest statement. From the very first note, the first thing that any listener would notice is a singer, a performer who truly feels for what she’s singing: The album title isn’t just a catchy name, this record really feel like a dive into Emma’s world. “Who I am” set out to blend simple, ear-pleasing melodies with the grit of rock and roll. Although all the songs on the album are sort of marked with the same watermark, being instantly recognizable as a part of one unique work, there is a really refreshing diversity to the flow, making this album one of those records that are a joy to listen from start to bottom. The setlist is so well planned that the eclectic, yet straight-forward feel of the music really helps to listener get on a true emotional journey. Find out more: www.emma-shaka.com

We also had the chance to have a chat with Emma: A really in-depth interview that just portrays how passionate this artist is!

– Your music has got a really heavy rock edge, although there’s a lot of melody to it. Does it come natural to balance the right mix?

ShakaMelodies are the most important for me, It’s what comes first when I’m writing music. I usually work on developing the melody before the chords, and this until I am satisfied. At this stage just with the melody, the song structure (chorus/verse/bridge) is close to be done and only misses the right chord progression. I simply record everything on a voice recorder and send it to James my guitarist, who will find which chords fits better to the melody, sometimes for one melody he comes up with 5 or 6 different version… I just choose the one that touch me the most, there is always one version that I prefer and usually the first shot is the right one. Spontaneity matters a lot to me and the right balance between the melody and the chords comes naturally.  I always have a precise idea of the kind of sound I need on a particular song, and luckily my musicians are easy to communicate with. I always compose with James usually with an acoustic guitar, we have exactly the same vision when it comes down to songwriting and I usually call him my brain mate (lol), he always understands what the song requires. We’ve been playing together for many years and are in a total fusion, which leads to a very natural approach to songwriting; this doesn’t mean we are prolific though… A song like “Sex Away” only took 3 hours to write (lyrics included), while on the other hand “Let Me Try” took us months of work before it could be called “done”. Once a song is finished we then submit it to the rhythm section for a rehearsal. The heavy rock sound comes out of the rehearsal studio, the plugged amps, the warmed tubes and the snarling drum on the beat. But it only happens if I want the song to sound like that, if I feel a song needs to be more pop than rock, I just ask my musicians what they think about it and work from their point of view too… To conclude and answer your question YES each song comes down naturally but still, it requires a lot of work from all the band members to sound the way it has to.

– If you could play with a ALL STAR backing bands with any musician (dead or alive), who would be in your band and why?

OMG ! I love this question. I would still work with a power trio behind me, because I believe this is the best combination. As a guitarist I would without any doubt ask Slash to join, I was a huge Gun’s & Roses’ fan when I was a teen and I am still a huge fan of his recent Snakepit project, to have Slash with me on a stage would be a dream came true ! I would pick up Dave Grohl from the Foo Fighters on the drum, for strangely the same reasons as I chose Slash, I was once like many of us a “Smell Like Teen Spirit” addict and now in love with the Foo Fighters ! The energy behind each of their song and the sound they’ve got is just insane, that’s the reasons why I would ask Dave Grohl to join this All Star backing band. Oh.. almost forgot the bass… well as strange as it might sound… I would keep my bass player David H. Ortola, mainly for two reasons, first he is like me a fan of both Dave Grohl & Slash, and I think he would just kill me if one day I would be on stage with them without asking him to join, secondly because David is simply a real groovy kick ass bass player… Thanks for asking the question, hope Slash and Dave will see this, who knows ?

– Your music brought you all over the world, online and “for real”. Are your surroundings influential for your work or do you try to bring your personality wherever you go, rather than adapting to a new setting?

You’re right we are today living the dream almost every musicians and artist had back 15 years ago, and this dream was having your music accessible worldwide! Today independent artists and their albums are available everywhere from the States to Japan or Europe at speed light and sometimes for free… Crazy isn’t it? I don’t think I have ever adapted to a new setting or influenced a song on purpose to sound like the latest summer hit song. I love Adele‘s voice and songwriting approach for example, but it doesn’t mean I’m going to compose a song to sound just like “Rolling The Deep”.  All my songs were influenced one way or another by all the artists I loved to listen to, it’s unconscious and rather a big melting pot of all the music I have been listening to for the past decade. I always try to stay true to myself, and true to what I am as a songwriter because I believe a good song will remain a good song no matter what year you listen to it, which is slightly different from the “hit songs” approach aimed to be popular within a short given period.

 – You are an independent artist. What are the pros and cons for you?

I’ll share with you an honest point of view…People in bands might know this fact, some others maybe not… Being an independent artist with a record to promote today in 2013 means: composing, writing, playing, singing, arranging, recording, producing, mixing, mastering, videoing, designing, promoting, tour booking, facebooking, twitting… It takes hours and hours and cost a lot ! So you better be crazy in love with what you do, and there’s just no other way. Being a DIY artist doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ve got to do everything on your own, the enormous advantage for me is that I’m the person in charge the one who decides with who I wanna work with, simple as that. I chose the studio, the engineers, the design, a video director and a good manager to take care of the whole thing (a manager is one of the most important btw).

I also have a wonderful team of fans helping me any times if I need something done with makeup, hair cut, handing flyers or someone to help with the CD stand during the shows. Their support is just invaluable! (thanks ladies @#lucyf’hair btw) But there’s a downside, and I mean a huge one: Finances… ;( An album to produce cost way over 30 000$ not including the promotion that needs to be done to let the world know you exist…nWhen you’re an indie artist, you’ve got to choose sometimes between buying a new set of tires for your car or get this kick ass mastering done with your album… I chose the mastering… It took me years and years of savings sometimes working several jobs to be able to produce the album and to get to the point where I am today, and yet 8.99$ for a 10 song album designed mastered mixed and recorded seems to be too much (that’s what you tell yourself the first time you receive your iTunes report). Streaming doesn’t make it easier, but I’m not the kind of woman that gives up easily, I am now working on a live DVD, a tour and focusing on writing songs for the next album.

–  If you could choose only one word to describe your album “Who I Am” what would you say?

Sincere

– Studio or live?

Studio or live ? that’s not easy to answer because like most musicians I love both, even if the feelings felt are much different though.

The studio is a really important tool because it is the only way for me to call a song “done“, in order to move on writing more songs. Studio is also a great place to realize that maybe the chorus needs a change or the melody needs more work with the arrangements, things you might not hear while rehearsing… and also a great place for thousands of other cool reasons.

You get more mature after a recording session and grew up as an artist, but there are also difficult choice to make, like saying to somebody what it’s not right and why… to me the studio is kind of the opposite of the stage. On stage, it’s the instant T that matters, it doesn’t matter if you have a headache or if your boyfriend just dropped you, you gotta do this gig and you gotta do it right.

Because it is what you’re doing right now, at the exact second while you are performing in front of this crowd that came to see you that matters! The energy is totally different from the studio… the lights, the swet, the heartbeats, the show, the big sound and the smell of beer… I also like to take some risks on stage like trying songs nobody’s but the band heard before, it’s a place where I just feel like myself.

To quickly answer your question I’d say that I’m more live than studio, just because I got to meet different people at each shows who love my music, and this is the highest reward.

MARCH 14, 2013 (6:17 AM)

3 NOTES

http://emma-shaka.com/

Read more, on : http://moremoresound.tumblr.com/post/45336640101/emma-shakas-brand-new-album-who-i-am-its-a

“A really in-depth interview that just portrays how passionate Emma Shaka is!”

Emma Shaka’s brand new album, “Who I am” it’s a really bold and honest statement. From the very first note, the first thing that any listener would notice is a singer, a performer who truly feels for what she’s singing: The album title isn’t just a catchy name, this record really feel like a dive into Emma’s world. “Who I am” set out to blend simple, ear-pleasing melodies with the grit of rock and roll. Although all the songs on the album are sort of marked with the same watermark, being instantly recognizable as a part of one unique work, there is a really refreshing diversity to the flow, making this album one of those records that are a joy to listen from start to bottom. The setlist is so well planned that the eclectic, yet straight-forward feel of the music really helps to listener get on a true emotional journey. Find out more: www.emma-shaka.com

We also had the chance to have a chat with Emma: A really in-depth interview that just portrays how passionate this artist is!

– Your music has got a really heavy rock edge, although there’s a lot of melody to it. Does it come natural to balance the right mix?

ShakaMelodies are the most important for me, It’s what comes first when I’m writing music. I usually work on developing the melody before the chords, and this until I am satisfied. At this stage just with the melody, the song structure (chorus/verse/bridge) is close to be done and only misses the right chord progression. I simply record everything on a voice recorder and send it to James my guitarist, who will find which chords fits better to the melody, sometimes for one melody he comes up with 5 or 6 different version… I just choose the one that touch me the most, there is always one version that I prefer and usually the first shot is the right one. Spontaneity matters a lot to me and the right balance between the melody and the chords comes naturally.  I always have a precise idea of the kind of sound I need on a particular song, and luckily my musicians are easy to communicate with. I always compose with James usually with an acoustic guitar, we have exactly the same vision when it comes down to songwriting and I usually call him my brain mate (lol), he always understands what the song requires. We’ve been playing together for many years and are in a total fusion, which leads to a very natural approach to songwriting; this doesn’t mean we are prolific though… A song like “Sex Away” only took 3 hours to write (lyrics included), while on the other hand “Let Me Try” took us months of work before it could be called “done”. Once a song is finished we then submit it to the rhythm section for a rehearsal. The heavy rock sound comes out of the rehearsal studio, the plugged amps, the warmed tubes and the snarling drum on the beat. But it only happens if I want the song to sound like that, if I feel a song needs to be more pop than rock, I just ask my musicians what they think about it and work from their point of view too… To conclude and answer your question YES each song comes down naturally but still, it requires a lot of work from all the band members to sound the way it has to.

– If you could play with a ALL STAR backing bands with any musician (dead or alive), who would be in your band and why?

OMG ! I love this question. I would still work with a power trio behind me, because I believe this is the best combination. As a guitarist I would without any doubt ask Slash to join, I was a huge Gun’s & Roses’ fan when I was a teen and I am still a huge fan of his recent Snakepit project, to have Slash with me on a stage would be a dream came true ! I would pick up Dave Grohl from the Foo Fighters on the drum, for strangely the same reasons as I chose Slash, I was once like many of us a “Smell Like Teen Spirit” addict and now in love with the Foo Fighters ! The energy behind each of their song and the sound they’ve got is just insane, that’s the reasons why I would ask Dave Grohl to join this All Star backing band. Oh.. almost forgot the bass… well as strange as it might sound… I would keep my bass player David H. Ortola, mainly for two reasons, first he is like me a fan of both Dave Grohl & Slash, and I think he would just kill me if one day I would be on stage with them without asking him to join, secondly because David is simply a real groovy kick ass bass player… Thanks for asking the question, hope Slash and Dave will see this, who knows ?

– Your music brought you all over the world, online and “for real”. Are your surroundings influential for your work or do you try to bring your personality wherever you go, rather than adapting to a new setting?

You’re right we are today living the dream almost every musicians and artist had back 15 years ago, and this dream was having your music accessible worldwide! Today independent artists and their albums are available everywhere from the States to Japan or Europe at speed light and sometimes for free… Crazy isn’t it? I don’t think I have ever adapted to a new setting or influenced a song on purpose to sound like the latest summer hit song. I love Adele‘s voice and songwriting approach for example, but it doesn’t mean I’m going to compose a song to sound just like “Rolling The Deep”.  All my songs were influenced one way or another by all the artists I loved to listen to, it’s unconscious and rather a big melting pot of all the music I have been listening to for the past decade. I always try to stay true to myself, and true to what I am as a songwriter because I believe a good song will remain a good song no matter what year you listen to it, which is slightly different from the “hit songs” approach aimed to be popular within a short given period.

 – You are an independent artist. What are the pros and cons for you?

I’ll share with you an honest point of view…People in bands might know this fact, some others maybe not… Being an independent artist with a record to promote today in 2013 means: composing, writing, playing, singing, arranging, recording, producing, mixing, mastering, videoing, designing, promoting, tour booking, facebooking, twitting… It takes hours and hours and cost a lot ! So you better be crazy in love with what you do, and there’s just no other way. Being a DIY artist doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ve got to do everything on your own, the enormous advantage for me is that I’m the person in charge the one who decides with who I wanna work with, simple as that. I chose the studio, the engineers, the design, a video director and a good manager to take care of the whole thing (a manager is one of the most important btw).

I also have a wonderful team of fans helping me any times if I need something done with makeup, hair cut, handing flyers or someone to help with the CD stand during the shows. Their support is just invaluable! (thanks ladies @#lucyf’hair btw) But there’s a downside, and I mean a huge one: Finances… ;( An album to produce cost way over 30 000$ not including the promotion that needs to be done to let the world know you exist…nWhen you’re an indie artist, you’ve got to choose sometimes between buying a new set of tires for your car or get this kick ass mastering done with your album… I chose the mastering… It took me years and years of savings sometimes working several jobs to be able to produce the album and to get to the point where I am today, and yet 8.99$ for a 10 song album designed mastered mixed and recorded seems to be too much (that’s what you tell yourself the first time you receive your iTunes report). Streaming doesn’t make it easier, but I’m not the kind of woman that gives up easily, I am now working on a live DVD, a tour and focusing on writing songs for the next album.

–  If you could choose only one word to describe your album “Who I Am” what would you say?

Sincere

– Studio or live?

Studio or live ? that’s not easy to answer because like most musicians I love both, even if the feelings felt are much different though.

The studio is a really important tool because it is the only way for me to call a song “done“, in order to move on writing more songs. Studio is also a great place to realize that maybe the chorus needs a change or the melody needs more work with the arrangements, things you might not hear while rehearsing… and also a great place for thousands of other cool reasons.

You get more mature after a recording session and grew up as an artist, but there are also difficult choice to make, like saying to somebody what it’s not right and why… to me the studio is kind of the opposite of the stage. On stage, it’s the instant T that matters, it doesn’t matter if you have a headache or if your boyfriend just dropped you, you gotta do this gig and you gotta do it right.

Because it is what you’re doing right now, at the exact second while you are performing in front of this crowd that came to see you that matters! The energy is totally different from the studio… the lights, the swet, the heartbeats, the show, the big sound and the smell of beer… I also like to take some risks on stage like trying songs nobody’s but the band heard before, it’s a place where I just feel like myself.

To quickly answer your question I’d say that I’m more live than studio, just because I got to meet different people at each shows who love my music, and this is the highest reward.

MARCH 14, 2013 (6:17 AM)

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