LAURA TATE INTERVIEW

 

How is your new album different from your first album? 


The new album, I Must Be Dreaming, is different from my other albums because it gave me the opportunity to showcase a songwriter, Mel Harker, who I had worked with many years ago.  His songs, lyrics and compositions had resonated with me for many years.  I contacted him, we reconnected and I chose 12 of my favorite songs from his songwriting catalog to record.  I am thrilled with the response to this new release.


How would you describe your music genre? 


It is very eclectic. Working with great musicians, we were able to create an album that included blues, jazz, country, rock and roll and Americana genres. 


Which of your songs are you most connected to?


That's a very good question and difficult for me to answer.  Before I record a song, I spend hours working on the material, the composition, the harmonies and arrangements.  Once I've recorded that song, it becomes a part of me.  It's hard to choose favorites because they all have  my heart and soul.


 

What has been your most memorable moment in your music career so far? 


The most memorable has been the worldwide response to "I Must Be Dreaming". It's very exciting!


If your city were a song it would be...


 "Fiesta Forever!" because of living on the border of Texas and Mexico.


What’s the hardest part about being a musician and what’s the best?


The hardest part is the unpredictability of your next tour, performance or album.  Sometimes money can be scarce.  The best part about it is working with many talented individuals and never giving up on my dream of being a working performer.


True or false: “Music is my first love”. 

False, theatre was my first love and it's where I found my "voice."


Can you talk about a fan encounter that completely took you by surprise?


Every fan encounter is a wonderful surprise!


What aspect of making music gets you the most discouraged? 


The music industry has changed dramatically over the years and at times the unpredictability can be discouraging.


What's the most unusual place you've ever played a show or made a recording? How did the qualities of that place affect the show/recording?


I've played everywhere from Texas honkytonks to night clubs in Los Angeles.  However, some of my most memorable performances were in small blues/jazz clubs in New York City when I was just starting out my music career.  I'd see famous musicians sitting in the audience who would come backstage and encourage me to continue my career.  That kind of unsolicited encouragement is what keeps a young artist going.


As you create more music, do you find yourself getting more or less interested in seeking out and listening to new music made by other people...and why do you think that is? 


 With technology we are now able to experience so many different genres of music from all over the world and that has been very inspirational to me.


What is the furthest show from your home that you have done?


I have been able to sing all over the United States and Mexico and we are now discussing a European tour which has always been my dream.






Laura Tate - I Must Be Dreaming


Op haar alweer derde album laat de veelzijdige Laura Tate zich weer van haar beste kant zien. Op haar nieuwe album wordt een ode gebracht aan de muziek van liedjesschrijver Mel Harker. Op het album horen we een mix van americana, jazz, country , blues en rock and roll. De mooie teksten van Mel Harker worden door Laura Tate op vakkundige wijze vertolkt. Het lijkt er sterk op dat het stemgeluid van de zangeres gemaakt is voor de mooie composities van Mel Harker. Het album ' I Must Be Dreaming' is voor de mensen die nog niet eerder kennis hebben mogen maken met de muziek van Laura Tate een prima binnenkomer. Mijn favoriete nummers op het album zijn opener 'Snake Tattoo' en ' Counting Up The Ways'.

Laura Tate heeft met ' I Must Be Dreaming' een mooie cd gemaakt.