Q&A with INGRID MICHAELSON Talks Album: Lights Out, Inspiration and More!
Posted On 07 Apr 2016
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Ingrid Michaelson is an American, New York-based indie pop singer-songwriter. Her first album Slow the Rain was released in 2005 and since then she has released five albums, Girls and Boys, Be OK, Everybody, Human Again and her most recent, Lights Out. Her three highest charting singles are “The Way I Am“, “Girls Chase Boys” and her hit single, “Afterlife“.
Ingrid took some time out to answer a few questions before her appearance at Live In The Vineyard (Napa Valley) April 7-10th for All Access Music writer, Nicole DeRosa. Enjoy Nicole’s chat with Ingrid below!
How would you describe yourself as a child growing up in Staten Island, New York?
My parents were both very creative and they encouraged creativity around the house. I grew up with my hands in paint or clay and was always singing. I had a very free wonderful childhood.
Did you know early on you wanted to be a musician? Who were your big influences back then?
I wanted to be on the stage for as long as I can remember. I went to school for musical theatre. It wasn’t until I was out of college that song writing clicked for me actually.
For your single“Afterlife,” who or what was the catalyst or inspiration for that song?
I was having a rough few months and I needed to write something that would pull me out.
Did you help come up with the treatment for the video as well?
I did! I wanted my fans to be a part of one of my videos. And I thought it would be really inspiring to see people doing things that scared them. I thought it would encourage others to be fearless.
What was the first piece of music that you fell in love with growing up and why?
I loved “When I’m Sixty Four” by the The Beatles. My best friend and I would grab my grandma’s canes and dance around the living room to it. It was just so sweet and silly and didn’t take itself seriously. But it was poignant. I loved that.
What was the first album you purchased for yourself?
Our Time In Eden by The 10,000 Maniacs! So long ago.
What is in your current music playlist?
Vampire Weekend, Coldplay, Katie Herzig are a few of my tops.
Any artists or genres we might be surprised to find in there?
I love most classical music. My father listens to mostly classical. So I grew up on it.
You have your own record label and publishing company, called Cabin 24. Can you tell me about any upcoming projects?
I’m working on a new record. No concrete plans on when it’s out but it’s definitely in the works!
I know there have been too many shows to count but what has been your most memorable show to date so far and why?
I think playing NYC Summer Stage in Central Park was a milestone for me. To play to that many people in my hometown in my favorite park was pretty epic for me.
What’s on tap next for you this year? What are you most excited about for this year?
Writing and recording. Some touring. I am excited about creating a new record. There is something amazing about it. Watching the songs unfold in front of you. Making something out of nothing. I can’t wait!
To learn more about INGRID MICHAELSON, including upcoming Tour Dates, visit her website HERE .