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Hyacinth Girl (Lansing MI)

Solo performers Interview

Artist Name: Hyacinth Girl

Age 25

Date February 22, 2013

Are you an instrumentalist only? No, I’m a vocalist as well.

What instrument do you play? Guitar

Where do you reside? Lansing

1. What inspired you to start singing and Playing?

I’ve always loved music. Naturally it made sense that I would eventually learn to make some of my own. At first I really wanted to learn piano because I LOVE Lug Van Beethoven. However, I move around quite a bit and my style is a bit more modern, so I guess it wasn’t such a good fit. When I was 16 my parents bought my sister a guitar and when I was 17 I bought it from her and started playing everyday.

2. How long have you been performing publicly?

Since 2005

3. How long did you play before you stated gigging?

About a year

4. How long have you been playing guitar?

Almost nine years

5. How did you learn to play guitar?

Self taught. I still don’t know the names of almost all the chords I play. Also, I didn’t spend much time learning covers. I have around 35 originals.

6. Have you taken lessons if so do you take lessons now?

I took about two or three lessons but quickly learned it was pretty much all about pushing yourself and getting to know your instrument. I doesn’t matter how many lessons you go to if you don’t lock yourself in a room for hours and just pound out whatever you can you won’t ever be any good.

7. Where was your first gig? In college

I played in a talent contest.

I won second prize and was Very angry about it. Beforehand I hadn’t been feeling very confident so I asked a fellow guitarist if he would get up and do some hum drum act before me to make me look good. He said, “NO WAY! I didn’t even know about this contest but now that I do I’m going to enter it just to beat you!” So as you might have guessed, he won first prize.

8. How did you get it?

I signed up, there was only about twenty or so people who did so there wasn’t any competition for a spot. And I made $75 pretty good for a first show.

9. How scared were you?

I wasn’t scared, I’d been playing in the common areas and at the smokers bench outside the cafeteria all fall, so it wasn’t my first time playing in front of people. I didn’t really think I was going to win though.

10. How do you get gigs?

Mostly through my lovely and most beautiful friend and fellow folk singer Frances Bennigan. (check her out @francesmariebennigan@reverbnation) Before she started playing I didn’t get out of the house much…

11. Do you use an agent, if so how did you get that rolling?

Agents are really only necessary when you’re really big . I doubt I will ever have one. I do it for the fun, not for a living. I’d be in sad shape if that were the case since I don’t play many covers and that’s typically what the barflys most want to hear.

12. What do you use for equipment?

My guitar, or someone eles’s if I get pulled onstage and I don’t have it with me. A microphone or two, (typically supplied by the venue or a friend, my mic doesn’t have a stand anymore ;( makes me sad) an amp and a pick up if somebody has one. I don’t have a flat top, it’s just a regular old black Ibanez acoustic.

13. Do you use a monitor?


14. Do you have any tips you can share as far as setting up your equipment for a gig?

Get a roadie to do it!

15. How long was you longest gig?

Two to three hours.

16. How long was your shortest gig?

Three or four songs (ten minutes)

17. How do you choose what songs to learn?

Whatever people want to sit down and teach me.

18. How do you learn new songs, by ear, YouTube, books?

I make ‘em up!!!

19. Who are a few of your favorite artist?

As mentioned above Beethoven, Deftones, In Flames, Hypocrisy, Testament, Billy Holiday, Robert Johnson, Offspring, MR. DENTON ON DOOMSDAY! FRANCES BENNIGAN! Hole, Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Mr. and Mrs. Freddy Fudd Pucker, Sheryl Crow, Tool, the list could go on, I have many favorites. And not a one of them sounds like me. Or maybe I should say I don’t sound like them? Since they came first. And if one more person tells me I should listen to Tori Amos because “you sound so much like her” I will most likely scream at them. I’ve been forced to endure her music on many occasions for many hours HOURS! I don’t like her….

20. How often do you play out?

Not as often as I would like

21. Do you have any CD’s out?

I used to burn my music unto Cds with my computer and I spent quite a bit of time decorating covers but I never sold anything too fancy and my computers burner quit working about two years ago so I doubt you’ll see many Hyacinth Girl CDs around. As I wrote more songs I just kept cramming them on the same album because the Cd will hold 70mins of material so I figured what the heck most of it fits, why make up a new album name? So almost all of them are called Excrement in the Basement, since very little of it was recorded in a studio, I recorded about 80% of them the old fashioned way, in basements and anywhere someone would let me use their stuff for free.

22. Do you have any aspirations to take you music further than your current success?

I suppose… As soon as I get around to doing all that work that comes before the success….

23. How far will you travel?

If the price is right I’d play on the moon in a spacesuit!

24. How far have you traveled to do a gig?

I played in Florida once but I didn’t go there for the gig, I was on vacation and it just sorta happened. I also played in Missouri for a family reunion if that counts…

25. Can you recall you best show?

No, I was on too many drugs or too drunk, I’ve quit using now however so hopefully it will happen again and I’ll be able to remember.

26. How about your worst show?

The Chrome Cat. There sound lady was terrible both times I played there, the first time I played there I told everyone how I would Never play there again, then I proceeded to get blackout drunk and a month later was offered another show there. I said “sure, I don’t see why not, I do like women!” then during sound check while I was talking to the sound person, trying to figure out where to start because it was all wrong, I was like Ahhh, I remember now, this sucks. Drank some more and never went back.

27. Do you have any advice for a person just getting in to gigging that you would like to share?

If someone tells you they won’t book you keep going back anyways. It helps if you bring music for them to hear, and poster the shit out of lansing after you land something. Hand out flyers, call everyone you know and have them call everyone they know. If you can bring in a crowd the venue will want you back.

28. When you practice do you go through a P. A. or just you and your guitar?

Just me and my wife (guitar)

29. Anything else that you would like to share?

Thanks for reading, if anyone out there is looking for somebody to play a funky folk show in Lansing my music is mostly funny folk and sad songs, hit me up on Facebook I’m Chrissie Delaney. If not whatever…. I don’t know why you read this; sorry you wasted your time.