We had a chance to catch up with the lovely Fiona Silver, who is premiering her new album today with Spindle!
Stream Little Thunder below…
How long have you been playing music for?
My whole life really. I jumped around from one instrument to another, but I’ve been making up songs since I was a child.
When did you realize that you were going to take the path of a musician?
Around age 13, when I began playing guitar, writing songs and recording them.
How has growing up in New York influenced your musical style?
I think growing up in NYC has given me an incredible range of influences. I don’t feel specifically tied to one genre or era, I pick off bits and pieces from all different cultures and musical styles, and use them in my own way.
What emotions do you want to provoke to your listeners?
I like to provoke raw emotions. In some songs that’s an intense sense of empowerment, a feeling that you can do anything, and in other cases it’s vulnerability- getting in touch with fear, loneliness and heartbreak. Other songs are about pure joy. It’s the human experience to feel all these things- and so they all come across at different times- but what matters is that they are genuine.
How involved are you in the creative process, when it comes to your music videos and visuals?
I’m extremely involved, and the key is choosing the right people to work with. I do all my styling (unless there’s a specific shoot with a stylist), flyers, social media, etc. When it comes to music videos I hand pick teams of people (often friends) who’s skills, and judgement I trust. I find the best mixture is people who are easy going and ambitious- whether they are makeup artists, dancers, stylists or cinematographers. I present them with my ideas, create story boards, and look books on Pinterest, we work out our plan, and then I let the experts do their thing. We make the video, and then I’m very involved in the editing process. I will say it is important to know what you like, and to have strong ideas, but there also comes a point where you have to let go and allow people their own creative process. There’s always things I want to change or adjust, but it’s just a constant learning experience.
Could you tell me more about the influence behind your new record Little Thunder?
Little Thunder has been a long time coming. Someone once told me if takes your whole life (until that point) to make your first record, and I believe it! Keep It Fresh, the first song on the record is- perhaps ironically- the oldest, but it is a constant reminder to reinvent yourself, and stay in the moment. “I keep it fresh, yeah, every day is new” In many ways that sets the tone for the record. Every song is different stylistically, and the album is a journey through a wild range of emotions and experiences. The second song, I’ll Follow You, is light and sweet but touches on some real experiences, like the loss of my brother. Housewife is a punky-pop song, Take Me Down is a mixture of soul and garage rock, Love Grenade is a bit of grunge, Sick of Being Good goes from straight up rock n roll to a Latin influenced jam, and Smoking Gun has trances of Radiohead and could be in a Quentin Tarantino film.
Who are your biggest musical influences?
I love rock n roll and soul, from the 1950’s-90’s. But I listen to all sorts of stuff! I’d say my biggest influences are Joan Jett, Blondie, No Doubt, Radiohead, Mazzy Star, Lauryn Hill, Aretha Franklin, Led Zeppelin, Janice Joplin, Hole, TV on the Radio, The Clash, The Kinks, Ronettes, Elvis, Love, The Pixies, Cat Power and Erykah Badu. I know, it’s a lot haha!
What do you have planned for the rest of 2017?
Releasing the record this Friday, which is huge! My record release party is this Sunday at The Roxy Hotel in NYC, and I’m doing a free performance with my band there at 9PM. After that, I’ll be focusing more on writing for the next record (which is already underway), touring, and then getting back in the studio. I had the opportunity to tour the past few months which has been great, and I’m hungry to get back on the road and get some fresh experiences (and air ;).