New York born independent artist "I Am Snow Angel" talks inspiration and creative freedom
While some may dread the winter season, this New York born and bred artist finds it the season where she truly can flourish.
We’d like to introduce you to artist I Am Snow Angel, a quaint soul raised in the mountains of upstate New York, we talk to the singer, songwriter and producer about her start, her influences, aspirations and where we’ll find her next…
First of all let’s start with your name, where does I AM SNOW ANGEL sprout from?
It popped into my head and just felt natural to me. I grew up in the Adirondack Mountains of New York state, where we have very cold, snowy winters. I’ve also always felt connected to spiritual and mystical imagery, so it felt like my name.
What’s your favorite amusement when there’s snow in NY?
Growing up in Lake Placid, I skied almost every day during the winter – I raced when I was in school, and then later I taught skiing at Whiteface. Now that I live in the city, I barely ever ski, but I do love ice skating. I don’t go often enough! I’m going to make it a point to go skating a bunch of times this winter.
Where does your musical inspiration come from?
I am fortunate that ideas are constantly flooding my mind – some of them are really great, some are not. I get a lot of inspiration from nature. I also write about almost anything that crosses my mind. I never know what will turn into a meaningful song until I try it.
As an independent artist do you have any aspirations to be part of a label?
Hmm… if the particular deal makes sense, then of course, yes. Am I desperate to be signed to a label? No.
So your freedom as an independent artist is the most important?
Keeping my artistic freedom is very important to me.
You’ve preformed around various cafés and bars, where do you feel most at home performing?
I love playing on the Lower East Side of New York City. There are some great venues there – I love Rockwood Music Hall and Mercury Lounge. I’ve been able to explore my live sound while performing at these clubs and it’s been a wonderful experience.
If you could collaborate with any artists who would it be?
I’ve had a long time fantasy of singing with Matt Berninger (from The National and EL VY).
How do you prepare yourself before a performance?
I practice a lot. And then I drink tea and meditate.
What effect does new age technology/internet have on the way you make music?
For me, the effect is really substantial. I produce and engineer all of my own material, so I rely heavily on technology to make music – both in the studio, and in live settings – my show involves live electronic production and lights. And of course, the internet is an essential tool for independent artists to get their music out into the world.
Being a female producer still seems to be a noteworthy fact… Why’s that? Can you feel a change in the industry towards more equality?
It’s noteworthy because there are relatively few female producers. Traditionally, the field of music production has been very male dominated. I do believe that the landscape is becoming more equitable as female producers band together and become more visible, and as more women and girls learn about audio production.
You covered Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m on Fire”, what memory comes in your mind when listening to the original version?
I remember sitting in the back of my parents’ car as a kid and hearing the song on the radio and thinking, this song is amazing. I loved the whole vibe and mood. I had no idea who was singing it, or even what it was about, but it was a favorite of mine from the moment I heard it.
Could you tell us a nice/funny/crazy experience that happened to you when wearing your neubau eyewear glasses?
I’ve been isolating myself in a cabin in the woods for the last few weeks to record my next album in isolation. I have worn my amazing neubau glasses outside in the negative-ten degree Fahrenheit weather and they have worked great! Somehow, they’re not fogging up. It’s miraculous.
What can we expect from I AM SNOW ANGEL in 2017?
Lots of new music!
For updates on I Am Snow Angel including tour dates and more check out her Facebook page HERE.