Blog Tour: Monarch by Belle Whittington Book Soundtrack

 

Hi, Kyler!  I’m so excited … and a bit nervous … to have the opportunity to interview you.  Actually, I’m having a totally geek-out fan-girl moment, because you’re my fave music artist!
Thank you so much for taking a few moments to chat with me today.  I know my readers and fans will love your music as much as I do.
So, let’s get started!
You’re sweet


When did you know you wanted to be a musician
and vocalist?
There’s never been a time in my life that I didn’t sing,
it’s always been a very natural part of my life.  As far as when I knew for sure I wanted to be
a professional musician, that would be during my sophomore year in college
after a summer internship in chemical engineering that I loathed, and after
having been dumped by my first college boyfriend shortly after said
internship.  For the first time I really
stared my future in the face and saw the potential for happiness and also
regret.  There’s nothing like the fear of
being miserable to give you the courage you need to make a great leap!
Is there a musician who inspires you?
Many!  These days my
friends that I work with inspire me the most.
As far as well known artists, I’ve loved listening to Ellie Goulding’s
evolution over the last few years.  Joni
Mitchell is a long time hero.  And I love
what indie artist Katie Herzig is doing, her last two albums have been gorgeous
and she’s making quite the career for herself with film and TV licensing.
What is a normal day like for you?
Now that I’m a mom (I like to call myself a “momsician”),
there’s no such thing as normal anymore.
All bets are off!  Some days I
have childcare so I can work on writing and recording.  A lot of days I work when my daughter is
napping and after bedtime.  I grab time
where I can.  It’s a tight rope balancing
act between music and motherhood but I love it and wouldn’t have it any other
way.
What is the most exciting thing to happen to you
as a musician and vocalist?
A song I wrote and collaborated on with legendary DJ,
Tiesto, called “Take Me” was released last year and has gotten a lot of
attention.  It gets played in clubs and
at festivals all over the world by DJs while I’m home in LA doing more songwriting
and being a mom.  I love that I don’t
have to be away from my home and my family and the song is still out there
being heard by tons of people.  I want to
do more of that!
What was the most difficult thing to happen to
you as a musician and vocalist?
I can’t think of one specific thing.  In general, there’s a need for constant
reevaluation of goals and priorities and that’s hard.  There have been various disappointments along
the way.  But equal numbers of pleasant
surprises to be grateful for.  At the end
of the day if I get to keep making music for a living and for a life, that to
me is success.
What advice would you give to someone who wishes
to be a musician or vocalist one day?
Work really really hard.
Harder than everyone else.  Both
at your craft and at learning the music business. If you know in your heart of
hearts that you want to be a professional musician and you have the talent and
stomach for it, don’t give up!  And don’t
put all your eggs in one basket.  Have
lots of eggs in multiple baskets.  That
could mean writing songs for various different projects.  Being an artist in more than one genre.  Doing session work etc.
Do you have time to watch TV?  If so, what is your favorite show?
Thanks to Hulu I watch far more TV than I ever did before
the advent of streaming.  I never watch
live TV anymore!  I’ve been pretty caught
up in The Good Wife as of late.  I’m in
the middle of Season 5 and am shocked by the turn of events with the
characters.  I also love Reign…sexy
people in gorgeous period costumes with soap opera story lines= fun.  And I keep up with a couple comedies, The
Mindy Project and Modern Family, both of which make me guffaw.
Is there a specific place where you feel the
most creative when you’re writing music?
Ironically it’s usually when I’m away from my piano or
guitar.  Sometimes it’s driving,
sometimes it’s when I’m out for a walk.
Inspiration hits when the part of my brain that wants to wander is
occupied.  I’ve written whole songs in my
head while walking for exercise.
Of the three of my books, CICADA is my favorite,
because of how free I felt while writing it.
Which of your albums is your favorite?
Why?
I think like a lot of artists, my favorite recording of mine
is always my most recent.  Probably
because the lyrics are most reflective of my current world.  So right now my favorite recording of mine is
my new EP, Golden.
When it comes to reading, what is your favorite
genre?  What are you top three favorite
books?

I like fiction and more specifically
emotional dramas.  I don’t think that’s
an official genre
J, but I love books about families and the layers of history that define and
either tether or tear apart generations.
I’m the worst at all time top favorite lists.  Recently one of my favorite books was
History
of Love
by Nicole Krauss.  Gorgeous
prose and surprising story arc.  I also
loved
Wonder by R. J. Palacio.  An
all time favorite is
East of Eden by John Steinbeck.



What was your inspiration for ‘When the World Stops Spinning?


When I sat down at the piano that day, I had an urge to write something epic.  The image of some recent fires in the hills in LA was on my mind.  The air had been smokey and you could see them burning along the ridge lines at night.  It all felt a bit apocalyptic.  So that’s where the opening verse comes from. That collided with the realization that one of my greatest hopes in life is to be lucky enough to grow old with the man I love.  To be together until the end of the world.  And that’s how my apocalyptic love song “When The World Stops Spinning” came to be.

 
Thank you, Kyler, for the chance to introduce you to my lovely readers and fans and for offering a copy of your CD, Electric Hum, as part of the Grand Prize for my blog tour giveaway. 🙂
Lovelies, here’s your chance to check out Kyler’s music.  I know you’ll love it as much as I do.  In fact, her beautiful song, “When the World Stops Spinning” is the official song for Monarch.

Isn’t that the most beautiful song you’ve ever heard?  I bet I’ve listened to it a gazillion times!

By now, I know you’re wanting the link to where you can purchase Kyler’s music.  I just so happen to have it in my trusty bag of goodies!

 

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