Los Angeles based songwriter, performing musician, media installation artist and actor, Amy Raasch shares with us a few tips on using an egg timer in songwriting, as taught by his friend Christopher Devon and some snippets of her upcoming projects. Amy talks about these incredible electronic, experimental, avante garde and classical concerts and loop conferences she attended in Berlin, which blew her mind. Amy also tells us about how she uses animals and stories and weave it to her music and performances.
” Every NO, brings you closer to a YES. ”
– Amy Raasch
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Worst Moment in Music
- Amy says that it happens all the time with songs. Amy thought it’s the biggest one because you put all this love and all this energy into a song and then sometimes you just have to leave it by side of the road. There were few from Amy’s first record where she thought they really did a certain thing, but nothing else in the record did. Amy was right, but they’re still weren’t quite right. A,y learned that the effort that you put into it is heartbreaking when it just doesn’t work. It’s not as realized as other songs. You start to cheat the rest of the songs, but the positive angle of that, as heartbreaking as it is, is that you recognize that, that bad song that you wrote gets you that much closer to the good song.
Musical Lightbulb Moment
- It was when Amy was on set doing the film as a Folk singer was strangely transformational moment that she didn’t even recognize at the time, but Amy says that it’s great to pay attention to other things in life that are transforming you and are related to what you’re doing artistically. Another big one for Amy in recent years was Amy had a big break up and Amy didn’t realize that before this break up that she had this idea that she was going to die. When that person left Amy, she was physically going to cease to exist and she didn’t know that she thought that, but Amy had this moment where she realized that she was not going to die. In fact, it happened many times before and she didn’t die. It became this very liberating thing artistically as well.
Best Music Album or Book
- Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
- The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
- 4- Track Demos by PJ Harvey
- The White Album by Beatles
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