as sh Here's my interview with singer Lisa Mann of the band, Splintered Throne, enjoy her musical rigins.
How'd you get started in music?
I have loved music since I was a child, my parents always had music playing in the house. Even as a small child I knew I wanted to be a musician. When I was 11-12 years old I walked home from school and saved my lunch money to buy my first bass from a pawn shop. When I was 16 I played my first gigs, with a crossover band called Dead Conspiracy. By the time I was 19 I was playing full time in Top 40 dance and rock bands. Later I became an original blues artist, now I am foraying back into the metal music I listened to in my youth, with my recording project White Crone, and now singing with Splintered Throne. To make a long story short, I guess I got started in grade school!
Who are your inspirations or influences?
I play different styles of music, so I have influences that vary. For blues and soul music, I love singers like Etta James, Koko Taylor, Little Milton, BB King, and more, and bass players like Johnny B Gayden, James Jamerson and Bob Babbitt. For heavy metal, singers like Bruce Dickinson, Ronnie James Dio, Eric Adams, and Rob Halford all influenced me heavily, and for bass playing, it's players like Steve Harris, Bob Daisley, Timi Hansen, Geddy Lee and others. But I am definitely inspired and influenced by everything I hear in every style, even classical music.
What advice would you offer aspiring performers?
I would say if you want to perform music, it's important that you get out of the woodshed and play with other people as much as possible. And when you do, be sure to listen to each other, don't just play for yourself. Play or sing for the song- everything you do should be about the song, not about you. You should care far more about the whole song the audience is hearing than about how cool you sound. If you approach things that way, great musicians are going to want to play with you, and audiences are going to want to support you.
How do you set yourselves apart from other bands or singers?
I've been doing music professionally for a long time, in many different styles. So I guess I would say well-roundedness sets me apart. Also the musical knowledge I've gained over the years has come in very handy, especially when working with a band like Splintered Throne. I'm not playing bass in that band, or guitar for that matter, but I understand music well enough to really participate in the songwriting process.
Any new gigs or albums in the future?
Right now we are very focused on promoting our latest Splintered Throne album, The Greater Good of Man. We just want to get that album thundering in as many eardrums as possible!
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