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INTERVIEW: The BeeKeepers

How would you classify your music?

We call our sound alternative folk. I think The Huffington Post said it best with “The BeeKeepers amalgamate a variety of stylistic flavors into their sound, including folk, pop, alt rock, bluegrass and blues. This blending of genres, along with gorgeously tight vocal harmonies, results in a hearing-secret-harmonies effluvium that goes beyond delightful and enters the realm of fabulous. We have also been described as “glorious, bluesy folk-pop.”

Who are your top influences?

There are three members of The BeeKeepers: Amanda Sullivan, Phred Mileski and Sylvie Abate. We have different influences.  Some of those include: Amy Winehouse, Regina Spektor, Tori Amos, The Beatles., Fleetwood Mac, The Roches, Joni Mitchell.  All three of The BeeKeepers are classically trained and influenced by classical composers as well.

What do you want fans to take from your music?

We want listeners to connect with our music. Whether it’s the lyrics, the melody, the vocals, harmonies or instrumentation, we hope that every listener hears something they like or something they can relate to.

How is the music scene in your locale?

We have enjoyed playing at many fantastic venues in our area. New England is a great place for live original music.  In addition, there are so many talented original artists in our home state of Connecticut. It’s inspiring.

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

It would be hard to pick a favorite because each song is very unique and special for different reasons.  We truly love every song on the EP. Indecision seems to be a fan favorite because most people can relate to the idea of having to make a decision about whether or not to leave a relationship.  The song “We Both Know” has some very cool harmonies and a challenging Merlin part that is fun to play.

How have you evolved as artists over the last year?

We have evolved on every level from writing to performing. As writers, all three women have written several new songs this year. We held a weekend songwriting retreat, for example, that was very productive.   In addition, we have added more instrumentation! We already play 13 instruments and Mandy just bought a mandolin.  We are fortunate to have two singers who sing lead and harmonies and our new songs will offer more sonic diversity.  We have also grown closer as a band as we rehearse and play more and more.

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

The Beatles and Joni Mitchell come to mind for their legendary song-writing.

What coming up next for The BeeKeepers?

We will be recording new singles this summer. We have a lot of great shows coming up including The Rose of New England Women’s Music Festival which Sylvie is producing.

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