Q and A with RoxyLeeHeartOctober 9, 2017
RoxyLeeHeart is a singer and songwriter out of Los Angeles, CA. She has been busy bringing listeners her unique sounds off of her latest EP, California Screamin’. Take a trip with us and find out all about RoxyLeeHeart and how her style and this EP came to be.
BS: How would you best describe your music?
RLH: I would describe my music as grunge and girl groups of the 60’s meet modern vocals and lyrics with dark undertones
BS: What do you think is the biggest misconception you hear about your music?
RLH: I think people tend to expect more Bubblegum out of me. I love kitties and rainbows and hello kitty n junk, but I’m more of a darker soul than some realize… and I like my music on the darker side.
BS: What is your typical songwriting process like?
RLH: For the song’s off of my EP California Screamin’, I met with my composer Billy Azurdia and discussed all of my inspiration for the tracks. He really did a great job of creating music that I wanted to write to. After he created the music and laid down all of the instrumental tracks, I took the songs and retreated to my artist cave. When I’m writing I put on headphones and listen to the instrumental track over and over and freestyle any melody or lyric that comes to mind while recording myself. From there I’ll listen to all of those random bits and pick out anything that stands out. This gives me a lot of choices in which to take the melody and once I have that I write words and stories to fit the mood of the song and the melodies. The songs speak to me and tell a story, it is my job to interpret that story
BS: How did you come up with the song “Black Moon”?
RLH: I was really inspired by the creepy sound of the organ and the bass line had this brooding sense of impending doom to it. It reminded me of Halloween. I went through many rewrites of this song because I felt like it had to have the perfect melody, it was creepy but something about it was soft. That dichotomy really speaks to me, it’s kind of how I describe myself. The lyrics are the sort of narrative to a bad situation I was in with some toxic people during my first year in California.
BS: What made you decide to release this song as a single off of California Screamin’?
RLH: The album took me about a year longer than expected to finish and release. During that long stretch, I really wanted to put out a music video and “Black Moon” just happened to be the most finished song out of them all. Plus the timing worked for a Halloween release in 2016, so that became the single.
BS: What can you tell us about California Screamin’?
RLH: This album is a big accomplishment for me. I did a lot of the work on my own and I really put a lot into it. I grew up listening to and connecting with music from the 60’s and have always had a very strong love for that genre. This album is something I’ve been trying to get made for years and years and it took moving to California to get it done. The lyrics are a collection of things I or someone close to me has experienced during the time leading up to my move from Denver and during my first year in Los Angeles.
BS: What do you think is the vibe of the album?
RLH: It’s super mellow but it’s groovy. It’s something you can chill to or get into your feelings with. I love how beautiful the music is, my composer did such an amazing job, I really wanted to do the songs justice and create something as beautiful as I could. It’s still rough around the edges, just like me, but there’s beauty in it.
BS: What do you hope fans and listeners take from it?
RLH: I hope they can appreciate the artistry and musicianship. So many things these days are full of artificial sounds and this is all authentic instruments. There’s blood, sweat, tears and LOVE in this album, I hope they feel it.
BS: Do you have any shows coming up?
RLH: Not at the moment, but that can change in the future!
BS: What is the best way for fans to get in contact with you?
BS: Anything else you would like to add?
RLH: Thank you for checking me out, see more at my website!
Checkout RoxyLeeHeart’s video below for her single, “Black Moon”, and then check up on her socials!