{Behind The Music} Rachel Layne on What is Love

{Behind The Music} Rachel Layne on What is Love

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“I was driving home from a gig late one rainy summers eve and I got this melody stuck in my head, along with these lyrics about raining and driving and then there was this moment I asked myself… What is Love? When I got home I wrote the rest of the song and called it, “What is Love” because it reflects the frustrations that some choices can have in a relationship and how complicated, yet at the same time simple, love really is.” – @RachelLayne_17

Live Interview May 11 6:40pm et
Episode #322 : A.V.A Live Radio Behind The Music with Jacqueline Jax :

Jacqueline Jax logo photoGETTING TO KNOW RACHEL LAYNE
by Jacqueline Jax host of A.V.A Live Radio
Music has always been a part of my life…
I’ve been singing for as long as I can remember. When I was nine years old I sang the anthem at a hockey game and fell in love with the feeling of singing in front of an audience. After that I had the opportunity to sing with Kenny Rogers when his Christmas tour came to town and that was the defining moment when I realized I wanted to be a singer.

What is Love…
I was driving home from a gig late one rainy summers eve and I got this melody stuck in my head, along with these lyrics about raining and driving and then there was this moment I asked myself… What is Love? When I got home I wrote the rest of the song and called it, “What is Love” because it reflects the frustrations that some choices can have in a relationship and how complicated, yet at the same time simple, love really is.

I actually had the song produced by Brian Lanese out of Los Angeles, so because I am from BC, Canada we spent a lot of time on the phone talking about the direction of the song. He is so passionate about creating music. It was incredibly inspiring to be able to work with him. Orlando Mestro out of Las Vegas was the one that I worked with for the arrangement of the song. Orlando and I spent countless hours on skype going through different ideas for the music. He is an amazing artist so it was really great to be able to see this song evolve into what it is now and to work with someone as comprehensive and creative as he is.

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I haven’t released an album yet but…
that is something that I would definitely love to do in the future. I did, however, just release my first single What is Love on iTunes. As of right now, I am writing as much as I can and have been recording a lot of demos of my songs. I tend to write about the experiences in my life and what’s on my heart, as well as the experiences others have gone through. My music doesn’t follow a specific confined format or genre and being restricted by a genre is something I would like to avoid.

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I live in Kelowna, B.C., Canada…
We are about four hours away from Vancouver, so I end up travelling to Vancouver quite a lot to play at venues down there. This past summer I ended up playing at a lot of bars, which is kind of funny because I am under age. At one bar they put a big X on my hand so that the servers wouldn’t serve me alcohol but they were all so nice and I had such a fun time, it was overall a wonderful experience.

Well right now I play at local coffee shops, restaurants, festivals and a few bars. I’m not old enough to be in the bars to watch other bands and can only go in when I am performing. We have a lot of great acts though, that come to Kelowna. A few months back I saw Shania Twain’s last concert on her Rock this Country tour. She is incredible and I am so happy to have had the chance to see her because she was probably the first country musician that I remember listening to.

I really love the martial art of Tae Kwon Do…
Because it is a martial art of mind, body and soul, it takes my mind off all other things. It’s quite similar to music really, and I find that Tae Kwon Do really helps to provide balance to my life.

Music business…
I am actually immersed in learning about the music business. When I say learning, I mean I have been soaking up everything I can about it for the past four years at seminars, conferences and of course being a part of it. I think that it has really changed for our generation, with the greatest changes being in social media. The way you market music now is really different from how it used to be and I love that you can produce and release on a song-by-song basis. I think that now more than ever people have the ability to bring to life what they picture in their minds.

I’d have to say that one of the cons is…
that this business is extremely competitive. There are so many artists in the industry all striving to be heard. On the other hand, one of the pros is that it is extremely competitive in that it pushes you to be more creative and challenge yourself to be better.

Hurdles and pitfalls…
Well I just have to keep reminding myself why I write and play. I remind myself that the reason I want to pursue music so much is because there is this absolute necessity to create and play music regardless of what is going on around me. It’s something I find solace in. Sometimes I will just listen to some of my favorite songs and forget the obstacles that stand in my way. Going back to that core musical place really gives me the strength and spirit to continue.

Social media…
is awesome because I’m able to talk with people from all over the world. I love talking with people in general, but honestly it is amazing to feel part of someone else’s life even if you don’t live in the same place. Social media has also been wonderful because it has allowed me to share my music with others and, I mean, years ago you would have to record an album and travel to different places so people could hear your music. Not that I don’t want to travel, because I certainly do, but with social media I am able to create and release my music in a relatively fast time frame.

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Facing Challenges…
In any aspect of life there is a plethora of challenges to overcome. I find one of the primary challenges in music is figuring out how to be unique amidst the many others who want the same thing. The music industry is so saturated now and there are so many new releases every day its both really hard to be unique and also to continue to be relevant. I also remind myself that my love of music is greater than any categorical boundaries and I really just have to keep that at the forefront of my mind.

Singles vs an album…
I just released my first professionally produce single which I am super happy about. I think it’s really great that you can release singles and not have to pay the cost of having a whole album produced and marketed, especially for emerging artists. I would like to release an album in the near future, but when I do I really want to make sure the material is cohesive and unique and that its something that I can be really proud of.

I would love to have 5 minutes alone with….
Okay, so I think this is probably the hardest question. I think I would have to say either Adele because I am absolutely in love with her vocal style and soulful delivery, or Tom Scholz, because he is such an amazingly gifted writer and has an incredible talent for sound composition and engineering of music. He is also a member of one of my favorite 70’s bands, Boston. I would love to talk about creating music with him!

Being Current and trendy…
I do think there is a perceived emphasis on being current, but I also believe now, more than ever, there is a huge diversity of music and for people to hear your music you don’t necessarily have to do what everyone else is doing. Something that I always keep in the back of my mind is that whatever I do I need to give it my all. I think, keeping that in mind, as well as the reason why I sing and write grounds me and keeps me focused on my love for music rather than current trends. I think it is more important to make music you are emotionally connected to and to be able to give something of yourself to your listeners each time you perform.

I am most afraid of…
Butterflies. I know that sounds weird, because most people think they are so pretty – but they terrify me.

My personal definition of success is..
“Being well prepared for opportunity”…… well actually that was Pierre Trudeau’s saying, but I really like it so I try to live by it. No matter where you want to be in life, opportunities will come along and if you work extremely hard so that you are prepared when an opportunity does come along, then you are more likely to succeed.

I was recently chosen as one of eight finalists from across Canada…
by music publisher Ole to compete in an “on the spot” deal contest. To enter you had to send in two performance video’s: one of an original song, and one of a cover of a song from a list they provided. As I had to quickly learn one of the songs from the list, it challenged me in being able to perform it in a way that would make it my own. Even though I didn’t win the deal, it was really an amazing feeling to be a finalist and recognized for my music.

My over all goal for my life & career is…
to be happy and I am happiest when I am sharing my love of music with others. There’s a John Lennon quote that reads, “When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” The truth of this quote has really stuck with me and I know I am happiest when I’m writing or singing. I also really want to make a difference through what I do. It’s important to me to give back and I love being able to help support causes with my music. I don’t know where life will take me, and I think that if I tried to figure it all out now I would certainly miss the point.

3 Ways that I challenge myself…
1) Every time I create a song I try to do something different and better than the last one.

2) I enter contests as it keeps me current, lets me meet others and pushes me to be my best.

3) I try to learn something new each day. I think it’s really vital to continue to learn and grow.

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