INTERVIEW: Lumiere Lullabies

How would you classify your music?

This album is classical/traditional – having a few jazz standards, a traditional Celtic song, and songs from movies such as Anastasia, The Jungle Book, Mary Poppins, and more. I gathered all the “lullaby ish” songs from these movies over the years for this album. My other album (DeNova) I would call Alternative Rock with a Soul influence.

Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?

All the good old stuff: Sam Cooke, Etta James, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, and for modern people – Jeff Buckley

What do you want fans to take from your music?

For this project, I would hope they take away a sense of peace, since it is a lullaby album :). I also hope they will have a sense of nostalgia, since these songs have influenced so many people’s childhoods.

How’s the music scene in your locale?

 Austin is a great place to be a performing musician. There are always places to perform.

What’s the best concert you have been to?

 I have not attended a lot big artist shows. However, Tower of Power was my favorite. I had so much fun dancing around with my friends to their music!

What do you like most about playing live?

I love when I perform live how music is a form of storytelling. Also, it is so fun and invigorating to be on stage: one of the best feelings ever.

Is there a song on your latest CD release here that stands out as your personal favorite, and why?

Our cover of Hushabye Mountain is my favorite. I enjoyed our interpretation of it and it also brings back memories. It’s one of my favorite lullabies/songs growing up. I was a huge Chitty Chitty Bang Bang fan when I was a kid.

How have you evolved as an artist over the last year?

Going the more classical route for the album really taught me to think of every word and wait on every word and syllable. With both of my guitarists, we had to record the takes all the way through because we were following each other. If I held out a note, Giovanni and Mark had to wait, and we had to just anticipate what the other person was going to do. I feel like it made me more conscious of things like that throughout this process. It is also is a style that is really exposed. It’s just guitar and vocals for most of the album. That can be scary! You can’t hide behind anything. You have to really own every note. I feel like this project just made me stronger with that.

If you could meet, play a gig, co-write a song, have dinner, have a drink with any band or artist, who would it be?

Whoa that is a hard one! I think I would say, I would have to write with Rob Thomas. As a huge Matchbox 20 fan and a fan of his other works, he is an awesome lyricist. I would have to write a song with him. As far as someone to hang out with, I would like to have had dinner or something with James Brown. I went on a huge James Brown binge over the past two years, just listening to lots of his songs – hits and B- side stuff, and I have become an even bigger fan. I think he would be great to meet.

What’s next for you?

Lots of things! My goal is to expose more people to Lumiere Lullabies, and then either do either a volume 2 of it and/or record another album for my other project, DeNova. I also would like to get involved in music licensing, especially for my original music.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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