What is your name?
What is your genre of music?
Give us a little bio about you.
An unofficial bio is that I’m originally from and grew up in the Pacific Northwest, just outside of Seattle, Washington. That area really shapes people more than they realize and ever since I left the PNW over a decade ago, people always say I have a lot of west coast vibes. They say that about my personality and my music, which makes sense as the two go hand in hand. My music has always reflected who I am as a person and how genuine I am being with myself. I’ve gone through many versions of myself that I ended up not liking. The same can be said for my music. I moved to Nashville a little over 4 years ago and though it took me a couple years to figure myself and my place in this town out, I can happily say that I love the music I write and the people I perform, record, and share bills with.
What made you go into music?
My parents made me learn classical piano starting around 6 years old, so they definitely turned me on to a musical life. I didn’t start writing my own songs until age 14. I got a lot of support from my parents with my songwriting, so I guess I have them to thank for having a musical life.
Who are your influences?
So many. It ranges from older singer/songwriters like Neil Young, James Taylor, Rickie Lee Jones, to classic rock types like Tom Petty, Pink Floyd, and the Beatles, to 80s rock like Joan Jett, Def Leppard, Metallica and AC/DC, to 90s and 00s rock like Dinosaur Jr., Pavement, Greenday, and Nirvana. I also love old punk from the late 70s-00s like Iggy & the Stooges, Reagan Youth, Minor Threat, The Riverdales. The list goes on.
Are you signed?
Nope, all indie over here.
You released your new single ‘Mud’ , tell us more about the single.
Mud is a high energy and punk inspired rock song! It’s a fun one.
What is the meaning behind the single?
It’s about toxic people that I had to cut out of my life. I had to learn how to actually cut someone out and get strong and love myself more. That’s what it’s about. Being a blooming lotus in the mud when the mud is toxic people and situations.
What was the writing and recording process like?
I write almost all of my songs on my acoustic guitar. This helps me focus on the lyrics and melody (and also I’m lazy and don’t have to plug an acoustic in and can take it anywhere in or out of the house). So, I wrote it in a couple days with my acoustic guitar. The strumming is actually too fast for me to play so I took it to my lead guitarist to have him learn it and record the part for the demo. The guys I play with learned the song and we took it into the studio and recorded it live. The first vocals were scratch and I redid them the next day and I always like to double my voice.
Describe the track in two words.
Who did you work with on the single?
Jeremy Ferguson of Battle Tapes Studio here in Nashville engineered and mixed it. John Baldwin mastered it. Jacob Carey on guitar, Brian Chinino on drums, and Levi J. Miller on bass.
Will we see a Music video for ‘Mud’, what can we expect from the creative process?
There is a music video for it out on my YouTube! please check it out 🙂
Will we see an EP or Album and if so, can you give us a teaser of what to expect?
I’m thinking about doing a full length album next. I have enough new material for another EP, but I just want to do a full length. Not sure when I’ll be able to swing that, but that’s the plan.
Do you have any live shows or a tour coming up and if so let us know where we can catch you at?
I do! I have a few Nashville shows coming up and then late July and August I will be hitting the road with the band. I will be announcing dates and shows on my website and socials.
What else can we expect in 2022?
Mostly live shows. I am releasing another single on April 22nd of this year. But other than that, just performing as much as I can!
Will we see any collaborations and if so can you tell us more about them?
I don’t have anything on the books, but that is definitely something I want to begin doing.
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
I see myself doing exactly the same thing as I am now just with more people coming to shows, more recorded music under my belt, and writing even better music and having even more fun.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
Guitar (pedals, picks, guitar strap, amp, cables), set list, merch, extra strings, sharpie.
Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?
Yep! I’m on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and you can find me on YouTube, Spotify, Apple Music, etc. All the streaming platforms, I’m there. My website is verabloom.net and I have a bandcamp page, too. Please say hi!