Infectious Magazine recently had the opportunity to chat with up and coming Baltimore artist, Adryelle. Channeling the sounds of Tori Amos, Depeche Mode and Young Marble Giants, Adryelle recently unveiled her fifth release, The Waiting Room. Speaking about the album she says, “The Waiting Room is about life and death. The album is up to interpretation, but ultimately it is about hope, in the sense that we can be OK where we are currently, and that everyone has a purpose in life. If you are alive, then you have a reason to live.” Check out our interview with the Baltimore breakthrough below, and follow Adryelle on:
Infectious Magazine: Thank you for taking the time to speak with me. How are you?
Adryelle: Thank you as well, I am doing well. Enjoying my tea.
You recently released your new album, The Waiting Room. Can you tell me a little about the inspiration behind that album?
Yes, The Waiting Room is about extremes in life. Living and Dying, Light and Dark…it is about seasons and phases people go through whether it be the process of growing old and dying or the process of waiting to grow up. It is also about that fact that everyone has a purpose for living, even if it seems like they might not contribute much to world such as someone waiting to die. If someone is living then there is still a purpose for living.
What’s one thing no one knows about that album/any of the songs/process, that you’re willing to share?
One thing about the album is that it is a solo album. My previous albums are with a band.
You’re inspired by artists such as Tori Amos, Depeche Mode, and Youth Lagoon—what do you hope it is about your music/approach that you hope can inspire others (fans or musicians)?
Yes, I have actually been told I sound like those artists. I am highly inspired by Tori Amos and many new wave artists from the 80’s such as the Cure and Depeche Mode. Many have said that I also sound like Youth Lagoon and I just discovered them recently. I want to inspire people with my lyrics and the messages in the songs. Music is a form of communication and I hope to be able to communicate hope and introspection and change.
What is one quote that has pushed you forward in some of your toughest moments?
“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing” -Socrates
You recently released a mini documentary from your show in Brooklyn, NY. What an amazing idea! What inspired you to create this? Can you take us behind the scenes of filming it?
Thank you:-) I was contacted by a fan who has his own production company up in Brooklyn, NY (Knew Life Media Films) and I was getting ready to play a show up there and he asked if he could film it and document the show night. I thought it was a great idea and they were excited to film it. They did an amazing job and anyone who wants some quality work in New York, I definitely recommend them! They basically came out, set up and filmed me loading all my equipment in and setting up and stuff. It was alot of fun!
To be honest, I’m surprised more artists aren’t doing things like this. How do you think artists can avoid getting “stuck” in the same routine/habits/promotional strategies, and continue to stand out?
I think the music business is constantly changing and even more-so right now. Artists need to constantly find creative ways to market themselves and think outside the box. I think not being afraid to stand out and do things different sets you apart as well. The internet alone is a great way to build a fanbase and also get word out about your music. Finding ways to use social media and content marketing can be as unique as you want.
What up and coming artists are you currently listening to?
I’ve been listening to a lot of Haim and Future Islands(another Baltimore band)
What can fans expect from you in 2015?
I’m currently in the process of writing new material, I hope to have a new album out by June 2015, or by the fall, possibly a vinyl record 🙂
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Thank you for having me and for the interview 🙂
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