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Exposed Vocals: So tell us your story. Where did you grow up? What made you decide to become an artist?
DECIDE TO BECOME AN ARTIST? Clementine grew up in California, Adrian grew up in Washington State. Clementine became a drummer and for the past decade has played John Bonham’s parts in the Led Zeppelin band Zepparella. For even longer, Adrian has played the Angus Young parts in the AC/DC band Hell’s Belles. They met when their bands played together a few times. They became friends and started writing songs. Beaux Cheveux was born.
Exposed Vocals: Since everyone was a start-up once, can you give any smaller or local bands or artists looking to get gigs and airplay some tips?
Clem: Choose to do music because you love it. Be ready to give everything to it: time, money, every waking moment, and realize that many times, music will take you on a path that you won’t expect. Be open to what comes and never limit yourself. Roll with it. Work as hard as possible. Be a nice person. Be authentic. Study the craft of songwriting and always aim to better your playing. Support other musicians and never see music as a competition. Be humble when you have success. Keep going when things don’t pan out. Be prepared and easy to work with. Have fun. Be professional. Adrian: I feel like I’m still in “smaller local bands”; besides Hell’s Belles. Music will always keep you humble! Just be easy going even when the stress is weighing heavy. And yes, don’t just be all about yourself and your band and your $100 at the end of the night. Participate and support your community and let go of pettiness.
Exposed Vocals: Do you ever make mistakes during performances? How do you handle that?
Clem: It is a rare performance that goes perfectly. How many moments in your life go perfectly? How many conversations do you have in which every word out of your mouth is exactly perfect and pithy? Music is a conversation, and obsession with perfection will leave you tongue-tied. A music career will teach you: it is not IF things will go wrong. It is WHEN. You learn to live in the moment and take what comes, and then move to the next. All mistakes are there as tools to learn from. Adrian: I always mess up. My job as a musician is to make what I have work for me. Most of the time I’m gigging, I’m not playing on my own gear/ guitar amp. So I have to make what I get work for me as best as I can - which for a guitarist, an amp’s tone is EVERYTHING. It supports your personal technique on the instrument. So right there, a lot of times I have to compromise and go with the flow. Often, the monitors are not good enough to rely on; so I point my amp away from my vocal mic. And I really work hard on my vocal technique so I don’t have to rely on the monitors if they just aren’t supporting me. Sometimes on stage, I just fall in to old bad habits with my guitar playing for no good reason. Sometimes, the sound people are checked out and you have to pick your battles. Sometimes my guitar goes out of tune within a song either because I hit it on something or I didn’t stretch the strings properly - then I just try not to play whatever string is out of tune. Part of the art of it for me is overcoming these unexpected obstacles.
Exposed Vocals: Do you tour? Anything interesting happen on tour that you think our readers would enjoy hearing about?
Clementine: I once played 320 shows in the United States in one year. I was amazed at how generous and appreciative people were, taking us into their homes, letting us crash on their floors, cooking us meals. People who support musicians are absolutely the best. Adrian: We’re looking to be added to a larger tour as an opener… we have a long list of bands that would be a dream to support! I look forward to playing all the original music festivals that make sense for our genre.
Exposed Vocals: Any planned studio upgrades? What are you working with now?
Clem: We are getting started on the next batch of songs. With every new song, we streamline the process of writing remotely (between Texas and California), and learn how to move easier and more quickly to create new music. We wish we could find a reliable way to rehearse remotely! Adrian: Yeah, come on Silicon Valley! - or maybe it’s just my internet connection speed.
Exposed Vocals: How do you find ways to promote your music? What works best for you?
Adrian: Money, unfortunately, is the best way to promote. But really, it’s always been a mystery for me. Because it can’t be money alone. The content has to be good. There has to be a consistent effort in promotion over a long period of time. Right now, visual content is essential. Also, it is beneficial to get added to a tour with a larger national act. In order to get those opportunities, you have to provide a draw for that national act. I feel like I’m always moving forward, so I keep investigating ways to grow farther out of what I have already built for myself to reach listeners. You have to find ways to get peoples’ attention, no matter how good the music.
Exposed Vocals: If you could perform anywhere and with any artists (Dead or Alive) where and who would it be with? Why?
Clementine would have like to have played drums for Tom Petty. She would like to sing a duet with Barbra Streisand. She would like to write songs with Tom Waits. Adrian: That’s too big of an answer for me. I’m so eternally grateful Clementine convinced me to collaborate. I love collaborating with Clementine. She made me realize that I’m an artist. I don’t know why I never thought of myself that way, even though I had already released eight records as Adrian & The Sickness, and Adrian Conner. Music is communication, and there are too many people I’d love to have that conversation with!
Exposed Vocals: So, what’s next? Any new upcoming projects that you want to talk about?
Adrian: Yep! I have a solo EP coming out soon called SpazKitty under the name Adrian Conner. I will continue touring with Hell’s Belles and hopefully Beaux Cheveux. But right now, I’m giving Beaux Cheveux almost all of my time.
Exposed Vocals: If you weren’t making music, what would you be doing?
Clem: Spending even more time looking at trees. Adrian: Probably hiking more. Camping maybe.
Exposed Vocals: What should fans look forward to in the next year or so?
Adrian: We have three more music videos in addition to the two we’ve already released: Deeper Feeling and Free Love. We are hoping to make one for each song on the album. That means four more videos! And of course experiencing the actual recording which is absolutely wonderful!
Exposed Vocals: Any Shout-outs?
Adrian: Thanks to all our super fans that pre-ordered our new album! It’s because of them we are able to press the vinyl and duplicate the CDs. I hope we get to tour all over the US and meet you and make more fans! It is a privilege to gain new listeners. If you haven’t pre-ordered, please do so here: https://beaux-cheveux.net/2017/10/03/order- music/ Our pre-order ends Dec 16 th 2017. All pre-orders (vinyl, CD, T-shrit, digital) come with a digital album that will be delivered to you on that day. Official street date is Jan 19 th 2018.