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Lindsay Broughton Interview

Interview with Lindsay Broughton

Lamitschka:  Music has many new fans throughout Europe who may be hearing about you for the first time. How would you describe yourself and the music you play to someone who has never seen or heard you?
Lindsay Broughton: I‘d describe myself as a multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter and a nerd a heart haha!
My music is a blend of pop/country/rock influences that I‘ve transformed and shaped into one unique style all my own. I think my self-titled, debut EP reflects that.

Lamitschka:  How was the last year for you? What were your highlights?
LB: The last year has been a whirlwind for me. So much has happened in such a short amount of time and the year is far from over. Over the course of the past seven months it‘s hard to believe how many career highlights I‘ve had. To name a few, my first single Restless As The Rain was released to radio which was exciting for me because I‘m finally reaching and achieving career goals I‘ve set for myself. Not to mention it‘s so satisfying to see my hard work coming to life and paying off. It‘s such a surreal feeling turning on the radio and hearing myself singing. If it was socially expectable to roll my car windows and shout at the top of my lungs every time I heard my song on the radio I wouldn‘t hesitate haha- it‘s that exciting for me! In addition to the single, I went on my first ever radio promotions tour where I traveled all around Ontario and Alberta and met with people at radio stations to chat about my single. In two weeks, I traveled 6050 km and I‘d do it again in a heartbeat. I was just so thrilled to be on the road there wasn‘t a dull moment and the scenery in Canada is absolutely breathtaking. 
Lamitschka:  Do you write the songs yourself? If not, how do you go about finding the songs for your CD?
LB: I like to put a piece of myself in every song that I perform so I either write or co-write all of my songs. I feel like as an artist it‘s important to have a personal connection or relationship to my songs because I‘m able to offer my listeners and audience a bit more of a personal connection to myself and my emotions while differentiating me from a lot of the other female singers who don‘t write their own music. 
Lamitschka:  Please tell us about the songs on your EP (influences, etc).
LB: The EP is full of mixed emotions and it was written over a two-year period . During that time, I was in a rollercoaster of a relationship meaning some songs are very happy go-lucky while others are very emotional and reveal the more vulnerable side of myself. All of the songs on my debut EP are written from a passionate standpoint and all of them are about myself and the struggles or positive emotions I was experiencing at the time. I can’t wait for everyone to hear it when it releases on August 14!
Lamitschka:  Your current single is being played by radio. What do you feel is special about this song that makes people want to hear it?
LB: I feel like Restless As The Rain talks about the relationship that everyone has experienced one time or another in their lives. It‘s really about a young hot love that slowly gets lost and drifts apart. Restless is a song about a special memorable person or love in life that didn‘t work out for whatever reason and every now and again you reminisce about the good times you may have had with that person and ask yourself, ‘‘I wonder what they‘re doing now“ . In a nut shell, I think it‘s a bitter sweet love song that a lot of people can relate to.
Lamitschka:  What kind of songs do you like to record the most?
LB: I love recording songs that I can get into while I‘m in the studio. Upbeat, fun and vivacious is what I enjoy most. Sometimes, when I‘m recording the sad, slow, emotional ones, I can get lost in them and it‘s almost like I‘m feeling the hurt and the rush of emotions all over again, which isn‘t always an enjoyable experience, but an inspired one, for sure.
Lamitschka:  What is your favorite song among all the songs on the Lindsay Broughton EP and what's the story behind it?
LB: I like them all the same! It‘s hard to say I like one song on the EP more than the next because they all mean something different to me and are about a point in time that has helped me grow and that has taken me to where I am now.
Lamitschka:  How much creative control do you have over your music?
LB: I‘m extremely lucky to have so much creative freedom and musical control. I have a great team of people surrounding me that allow me to ‘‘do my thing“ when it comes to writing and creating songs. Part of being an artist and enjoying the journey is about loving what you‘re doing and being yourself. It wouldn‘t be enjoyable for me to make a record and sing if I was being coached through every step of the creative process and having stylistic restrictions.
Lamitschka:  Who inspires you musically and how deep do your musical roots run?
LB: I grew up with a parent in a country cover band and, all throughout my life, I‘ve been a member of countless choirs, instrumental bands and basically any extra curricular activity, club or event that involved music.  Music has always played a dynamic role in my life and it has always felt so comforting, serving as a great outlet for me. I find inspiration from many different artists and my muse changes as much as the wind but, growing up, the country music duo The Judds influenced me most prominently. They‘re a mother daughter powerhouse duo who write their own songs, play instruments, handle their business and put on fantastic shows. They encompass everything that I‘ve ever wanted to be as an artist and have served as incredible inspiration to me throughout the years.
Lamitschka:  What inspired you to become an artist and songwriter?
LB: I‘ve written poems since I was small, played numerous instruments growing up and always knew I belonged in the music industry but I never really put the wheels in motion and started writing seriously until I was 16. I joined a songwriting club in highschool, taught myself to play the guitar and started playing recitals and gigs anyplace that would have me. That‘s how I caught the performing bug and discovered the path that I felt like I belonged on. I‘ve been passionate about writing and performing ever since.
Lamitschka:  What's unique about you that will differentiate you from other artists?
LB: As I mentioned before, I write all of my own songs which ultimately offers my listeners and audience a personal connection to myself and my emotions, allowing them to get to know me on a different level than they would if I sang other peoples’ songs. I feel like my writing ability sets me apart from other artists because I‘ve been fortunate enough to have had some success at it before I even developed into an artist – writing songs for other country artists, receiving play in CBC television’s hit series Heartland and being featured and accredited in Canadian songwriting magazines.
Lamitschka:  Is there any place you haven't played that you would like to?
LB: It‘s my dream to play the televised portion of the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) Awards in front of thousands of people! As a country artist, I don‘t think there is be any more gratifying place to be.
My dream almost came true two years ago at the CCMAs in Edmonton when I was fortunate enough to have played the new artist showcase. Hopefully that opportunity and experience was only foreshadowing what‘s to come!
Lamitschka:  What can your fans expect to see when they see you in concert?
Answer:  They can expect to come out, kick back and see a good show. There won‘t be any fancy backup dancers or tricks (haha!) but when people come out to see my show they‘ll see a real, raw performance. I throw in a couple funky covers for good measure and I‘m constantly changing up the set so no two shows are ever the same.
Lamitschka:  Many music fans today get their information about artists online. Do you have your own website and what will fans find there?
LB: www.LindsayBroughton.com is my website and it‘s full of little goodies that are always being updated. They‘ll find everything from contests, live-video‘s, photo‘s and my social networking links to blogs, show dates and contact information. There‘s something for everyone on the website and I really wanted to keep it easy to maneuver around while still fun an interactive and I think we‘ve done a good job at it. Speaking of engaging my fans, you can also catch me on Twitter @LindsBroughton!
Christian Lamitschka ( Ch.Lamitschka@t-online.de )

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