RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW AMERICAN ARTIST BLAIR WEST
What made you decide to start the band / become a soloist?
I spent many years in a corporate career reciting reasons not to ‘go for it’ musically. Instead, I wrote songs after long days in the office and performed for friends at parties. When people asked me ‘why aren’t you pursuing your dreams’ I never had a good reason! Until finally I decided ‘%*& it’ 🙂
Introduce us all to the members and your musical history? I’ve been writing music since I was a kid. I have a background in piano, guitar, musical theater, and (fun fact) was president of my college a-cappella group. Now I’m a guitarist and singer/songwriter in NYC.
What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?
None – if anyone cares enough to ask me a question, I’m here for it!
What useless party trick /talent do you have/?
Originally I thought my guitar singalongs were useless 🙂
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
One of my first gigs with the band Yutzi at a venue in Baltimore, right after everyone was vaccinated. The crowd went wild and I officially got addicted to the feeling.
What was the worst experience on stage?
When my guitar string broke. Awkward but you learn from it!
Tell us something about each member that you think people would be surprised about?
I’m a huge homebody. I love knitting. It takes a lot for me to go on stage but when I do, I never regret it!
What makes you stand out as a band/Artist?
I spent so long trying to figure out what was ‘cool’ — there is this overwhelming urge to fit in with the ‘cool music girls.’ Realistically, I’m the furthest thing from that. I knit at home and watch Real Housewives. I have a corporate job and come from musical theater. But the more I put my most authentic self out there, the better.
Right now, what’s pissing you off the most? (Can’t say the virus )
Music marketing — how do I do it??
What’s your favourite song to play live and why?
An original, called ‘million days’ — keep an ear out!
I hear you have a new single, what can you tell us about it? ‘All this to Say’ is a soulful and sweet ballad written in the depths of the pandemic 2020. The song is about “having your partner accept every part of you, not just the pretty pieces.” I wrote the song in my apartment bathroom, as the studio I shared with my now-fiancé had no quiet place to play guitar.
I meant this song to be an uplifting yet tear-jerking love letter to my relationship, showcasing my natural songwriting. With an anthemic guitar strum heard throughout the song, my vocals are complemented by celestial synths, heart-beat percussion, and emotive strings. ‘All this to Say’ begins with a haunting round of vocal harmonies, inspired by the song’s ever-so-slightly gospel melody, that came to me in a dream.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the single?
Realizing that I could never please everyone. I just had to like it.
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
Some part of me thinks it should be faster, peppier, et cetera… but it’s just me.
What are your plans for the year ahead?
I plan to release more music, go on an EP tour, share my music with whoever will listen!
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?