Kendra & the Bunnies is a hot new singer-songwriter act out of Los Angeles headed by young starlet on the rise, Kendra Muecke. A beautiful voice, catchy songs and BIG moves; Read on to find out more!
Hi Kendra! How would you describe your genre of music?
Howdy There! Thanks so much for inviting me to interview. My genre of music is self-titled as “Native Americana’ that chants from the valley of Folk and Rock”. My aim with this title is to bring the listener into thinking about where the roots of folk-americana were founded. There is a lot of storytelling prevalent in the creation and continuation of our country, the key is recognizing what stories we as a society cling to and why. To craft this sound through Kendra & the Bunnies, I combine musical notes of singing, spoken word, guitar (electric and acoustic), percussion, medicine drum, and electronic samples.
Great band name! How did this come about?
Lions & tigers & bunnies, oh my! Kendra & the Bunnies as a stage name came about in a number facets. Most notably, through my connection with the story of Alice in Wonderland. I began my journey of chasing the white rabbit years ago, only to catch up and become that essence myself. Through my presence and lyrical choice, I like to invite listeners into a realm of self-discovery, asking, “Whoooo are you?” Building on that idea, when I first began singing rock ’n roll, I was immediately drawn to Grace Slick’s entrancing songwriting and performance work done with the song, “White Rabbit” in the band, Jefferson Airplane. Once my love for bunnies kicked off, I started noticing the theme everywhere. For me, bunny ears became peace signs. Peace signs reflect my mission. Then, of course, there is the facet of reality being a slightly tongue-in-cheek game of sorts. My songstress style presents mind-bending lyrics with a clever approach. Life is a blessing after all, and I want to remind people to laugh. Some could chalk me up to a blonde Playboy bunny with a head full of dreams. It is about juxtaposition of character.
When did you start singing and creating music?
I have always been a creative and out-there-person looking to build on ideas. I seek out those avenues where I can best encourage myself and others to shine; I find that place to be the stage most often. Singing began for me at age 4 through vocal lessons and musical theatre. I started toying with melodies when I was young too. I think it was around 8 years old, this memory is still super vivid, and I thought to myself, “How do I write a song about love?” My next thought was, “Just write it.” In high school, I became a legit poet. No lie, composing poetry means the world to me. I also play a bluesy prog-rock guitar, that started in college.
When did you know you would become a professional singer and create a band around your original music?
I always knew my existence was going to be on the stage and lived through performance. I have studied classical, theatrical, and film acting throughout my entire life and still do; that being said, music always has a way of speaking to me. So, when I was introduced to rock ’n roll right around the same time as discovering poetry in my teens, a dream within me sparked. These artistic upbringings mixed with my love for the 1960’s catapulted me into the harmony seeking individual I become more of everyday.
What would you like the world to know about your music and your mission?
I’m glad you asked. My mission is to create art that reflects society’s positive aspects back onto itself, causing a ripple effect that expands as it is heard. This is moulded through performance with the intention of healing via collaborative experience and understanding. I am for the peaceful gathering of community through means of song, voice, and action. As a healer in the field of art, I aim to walk hand in hand with fans that are in search of what I have found. My act, Kendra & the Bunnies, promotes the idea of coming together as a team/family to make things happen. By bringing people together in shared experience, we produce art which sparks ideas in one another that leads to more creativity, gathering, peace, movement, and development of character. This is the foundation of all my actions and, therefore, sound.
Tell us about your process for writing lyrics.
I write poems everywhere. On the plane, in dreams, walking to check the mail, all the time. A couple weeks ago, I wrote a really ferociously intense poem about the shapeshifting residual face of fear while waiting to check my luggage at the Austin Airport. To describe my lyric writing process further: first, appears inspiration. Where am I? How do I feel? What words have been bouncing around my mind as of late? Next, I place inspiration up to those ideas in my head. Do they speak to a current situation that has meaning in my life or society at large? Once I find a reason to speak, a touchstone appears at which to begin. From there, it becomes a balancing act of letting my pencil and heart speak amongst one another. I try to observe the process and let the song breathe through me. I become an instrument and the player simultaneously.
Anything you would like to share with your fans out there?
Definitely! Be the voice you wish to hear on the wind… Listen.
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