An Interview with Lynne Angel from Tartufi
Tartufi returns to the LG, they play Mt. Emily Ale House Aug. 30, Lynne Angel takes time to answer some questions…
Lynne Angel, Tartufi’s front woman extraordinaire, was kind enough to take the time to answer a few questions about the band, the new record, Rock Make, surviving as a musician and more.
We are super excited to come back to La Grande!! I think over the years of touring we discovered that a supportive and creative scene is as – if not more – important than an established venue or a good support opportunity. We enjoy spending time with the people of La Grande and witnessing how tight knit the community is. Creatively there is a lot going on as well. I love how collaborative the scene is – that folks will play with each other, be each others backing band, lend a voice on the chorus. It’s pretty inspiring to see that level of interaction happen so often and effortlessly. The same goes for Idaho. Great people – amazing scene – super supportive of our music…there is a ton of rad music coming from that beautiful state right now.
Things have been going well! We have just finished a new album and are getting the production machine rolling on that. Hopefully it will be out in March of 2013 so it’s all about getting the assets together now….videos, photos, packaging, merch etc etc. As per usual – the name of the game is CREATE. CONSTANTLY. Which is great.
We originally put Rock Make together as a response to some of the larger music festivals that happen in SF throughout the summer. We wanted to organize something that was more grassroots, affordable and highlighted the vibrant music and art scene in the Bay Area – and specifically in the Mission District where we all live. To have a platform for the artists of our community is important – you may not see Neil Young but you will see 12 rad bands and a TON of amazing art for less than a jar of peanut butter.
Quite a bit, but all for the better. It takes a while to adjust to a dynamic change like that. Brian and I were so adamantly against having a third member for so long. We wanted to prove that we could make as much sound as possible with just two people. Well, 6 years, 2000 watts and a fair amount of hearing loss later – mission accomplished. But we felt we were in a rut for a minute there and Ben’s old band Low Red Land had just broken up. So we snatched him up and bundled him in blankets and hid him in our studio. It is great to have his input. It frees Brian and I up to do less and focus on playing as opposed to being focused on jumping between 8 different instruments, singing, and staying on the loop. I feel that we have become a much better live band because of it.
Yes! We plan to tour Mars. And also the United States of America. And hopefully we can get back to the UK as well. But mostly Mars.
It’s different all the time. Usually someone will have a part that everyone loves and we all play on it for a while until we are happy with what we are doing. Then the challenge is moving out of that part and into another.
We do. I book live music at a venue in SF, write music posts for a local blog, and bartend. Brian began a music school called Rock Band Land and he teaches and runs the crap out of it. Ben is the owner of Sneaky’s BBQ – the best dern Carolina-style BBQ in the city.
I couldn’t not do it. I get so much satisfaction from playing I think I would be a very sad giraffe without it. I have been playing music for twenty years. It’s just a part of what I do and how I live. But it really helps to go through places like La Grande a few times a year and share your work with people you admire and respect. Getting feedback from our peers – and downing a few pitchers at the Longbranch – is motivation enough.
I’m telling you! 20 minute songs! Weird time-signatures that people can’t dance to! Strange stops and starts! Overly loud solos! Long intros! This is the wave of the future people. Everyone on Mars (everymartian on Mars?) is doing it. Seriously though – surviving as a musician is difficult. If you want to make money solely from your talents then you need to find a way to make your talents marketable. Teaching music is a great way to do this. Or find a way into writing scores for film and television. Look into recording, engineering or producing. Do not assume that you will be paid for the effort you put into your own music. Unfortunately it typically does not work like that. As a musician you will be under-appreciated, under-paid and over-looked. There are millions of others trying to do exactly what you do. So get creative! Try to build a career involving what you love and make sure to leave time to continue to create on your own.
Oh – and write a hit song immediately.
Well – I just joined the 21st century and got myself on Spotify so I have been listening to a lot of everything! But in terms of top 5 I would say:
1. Wye Oak - Civilian Love her voice, love her guitar playing, love that they are a duo. “Plains” is one of my favorite songs of all time.
2. Beach House - Teen Dream is still my favorite album but “Myth” off of Bloom is a great song. Again – LOVE her voice.
3. Austra - Feel It Break This is a little more electro than I typically go but I really like how woo woo these guys seem. And she was a classically trained opera singer before she abandoned her career after seeing a punk show. How rad is that?
4. Russian Circles - Empros Super sick drummer. Tight riffs. Heavy but also some great space in there.
5. Youth Lagoon - The Year of Hibernation I love the innocence that floods from this album. It is also somehow super familiar from the first listen – comforting and comfortable. Also — FROM BOISE!!!!! WHUT WHUT. Represent.
As an honorable mention I have been listening to “Mercy” a lot by Kanye West and am really enjoying the bass-shaking that goes on whilst in the car or van. I do like a good bass-shake.