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INTERVIEW: Leland and the Silver Wells

How would you classify the sound on Leland and the Silver Wells?

I call our sound baroque psychedelic rock. From track to track and within certain tracks the sound actually weaves between a rock sound and a pop sound. Producer Marc Doten and Arranger Steve Gregoropoulos did an amazing job of creating and refining The Silver Wells’ lush and dynamic sound.

Who are your top 5 musical influences?

Pink Floyd, Joni Mitchell, David Bowie, the Beatles, the Doors.

Some giant Pillars of Rock Creativity!

What do you want fans to take from this new LP?

I would like them to take a nostalgic yet forward thinking introspective journey with the protagonist of the songs and sonic sensations of the arrangements as as their unwavering guides.

How’s the music scene in Los Angeles right now? Do you feel a part of it? Or is it too difficult to be a mother and a scenester?

I am unfortunately not at liberty to go out enough to whole heartedly embrace the scene. I have loved the shows I have taken in at http://zebulon.la/ and my good friend Reid Maxwell’s venue https://hm157.org/ in a historical monument Victorian mansion in Lincoln Heights is like a home away from home for me. It has a magical 60s feeling free thinking vibe to it and the musical evenings they curate are among the most interesting and eclectic to be found in Los Angeles.

Speaking of motherhood, how do you juggle your musical career with your first priority, your daughter?

It is such a difficult achievement to be a single mom and an artist. A triumph really. The music had to go on the back burner for a while but I am feeling so grateful we have reached a place in her development where I have a satisfying creative outlet again.

What is the best concert you have been to? What do you like most about playing live?

There have been quite a few memorable concerts but one that sticks out for me now was seeing Fiona Apple at the Greek Theater in 2012. It was such a direct, raw, heart to heart experience she was giving to each and every member of the audience. It was so vulnerable, authentic, healing, and generous. It inspired me to really begin writing this album. I hope to better be able to impart love to the audience in my own personal style as we do more and more gigs. I love the experience of playing with as many musicians as possible. When we are tight and together it is magic.

What song on Leland and the Silver Wells stands out as your personal favorite, and why?

My favorite track right now is Luck Of The Draw, a track for which director Mackenzie McCullough directed a gorgeous dreamy 60s inspired super 8 music video. https://youtu.be/23QNlcWy8wY

I love the abrupt tempo changes and the primitive rhythmic choruses. I also love the Doors inspired guitar solo that Christof Certik plays on the outro.

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?

It would be wonderful to meet Joni Mitchell.

What’s next for Leland and the Silver Wells? 

We are recording a new album right now, booking local dates in LA, and planning a mini West Coast Tour Summer 2019. Please keep a look out!

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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