Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.
What made you decide that music is a thing for you?
When I was little, I only ever wanted to be one of two things…A woman in the military or a singer in a choir. I came from a military family and was in military cadet from the age of 12. As a young woman, I signed up for naval reserves and served until the age of 21…After realising what life in the military would look like, I happily and quickly did an about-turn, and embraced my other dream of being a musician…I have never looked back, or changed my desire to create music and sing for people.
Introduce us to you and your musical history.
I am Major Kami and am part of a French Artistic Collective. I am one part of a huge effort of artists from all different fields, coming together to create a sonic and visual experience…We all come from different backgrounds and different countries but we all agree on sharing our art, to make something we could not, on our own, complete solo.
The music industry is the hardest industry in the world to progress in, how do you feel you are doing?
I truly believe this,’ last man standing wins.’
I have been creating music in some form or another now for 30 years, and I still love it. This alone means to me, I am succeeding.
We set up RGM USA and many other countries in the world (Now RGM France) to share music
with America and the UK, good idea?
Sharing music is always a great thing, you never know what you might love, until you hear it!
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
Let’s share the love, what bands are doing really well in your Town / City?
Also – Sarah Jay Hawley (Massive Attack) David Bowie and Kendrick Lamar – The Heart Part 5
What advice would you give other artists starting out?
I would tell young artists to believe in themselves no matter what…I would say that whenever you get the chance, learn and cover your favourite song. By learning how someone else writes a track, you give yourself more options and knowledge and grow in your craft. I would also talk about the importance of performing as often as you can, and experiencing different audiences. A work ethic is imperative, making mistakes, failing, and getting back up are crucial…It is not going to always be great, but the last man standing wins!!
Did you buy anything you don’t need during the pandemic?
An Oxygen meter! Haaahaa
What was the worst experience on stage?
Many years ago I was performing in a cover band as a duo, up in Alaska. We were hired to play 6 nights a week in a rock bar for one month.We had an acoustic guitar and a bass and a really cheesy keyboard with simple drum beats. When we played the first song, to a packed bar a woman stood up and yelled “ where are the F*%king Drums?” Everyone started laughing and booing us…We thought we would get fired and/or killed…Neither happened in the end, and we managed the month..But at that point in time, I was definitely questioning my life choices…Haaahaa
Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about?
I don’t like being in crowds…I have a hard time going to see some of my favourite bands because the idea of being in a huge crowd scares me!
If you had to describe your band/music to an alien how would you describe it.
Red,Fuzzy and Chaotic.
What makes you stand out as a band/artist?
The collaboration of so many artists in different fields, working on this project makes for a multi-sensory experience that is bound to stand out.
I hear you have new music, what can you tell us about it.
This EP we are releasing right now is part 1 of 3 EP releases with the full album being released in March 2023…This album is hugely inspired by David Bowie and the amazing universe he created.The tracks also discuss so many collective issues and feelings we have in this modern day and focus on the beauty that is around all of us despite our feelings of isolation and confusion.
Talk me through the thought process of the new tune/s.
Major Jones: All human beings living on Earth inevitably think of those who have left them and marked their minds forever.
He too has entered our minds: Major Jones, a scientist, composer and designer, sailing in outer space, is looking for the one he created and sent out into the cosmos all those years ago…
Where are you Major Tom? Coco Dancing:
This woman of the shadows, Coco Schwab, devoted herself to supporting an artist with whom she had a great complicity. She was present in all his most extreme trials.
Close to this superstar, she saved him to see him fly to the highest summits. So she deserved to dance!
What was the recording process like?
All of the tracks started out with Denis Expert and his mini keyboard.The next step was Dan Burkhart adding and filling out the musical background. Files then were sent to me and I recorded the vocals. Some tracks Denis had lyrics and melodies, and others were left to me to come up with both lyrics and/or melodies but always based on a theme that also was given to me by Denis. After I recorded my vocal ideas, I sent them back to Denis, who would pick them apart and tell me what to keep or throw away.After many back-and-forth exchanges, Denis would prepare the track to send to Dan, who in the end would polish it and bring it to life.
Writing for this album was extremely interesting and by having to follow a theme or a skeleton, it made the writing more challenging but the results very satisfying. I think I was given an opportunity to grow as a writer doing this project.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?
There were a few learning curves for me on this album. The first learning curve was accepting being told how to sing. This was new for me, and I didn’t always accept it very well.Hahaa. The other learning curve was learning to work within the boundaries I was given. In both situations, doing what I was told to do, definitely was crucial in order to have the final project turn out the way it did. Sometimes when you work with a group, you just have to do what is best for the end product. Again another opportunity to grow.
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
I am really happy with the sound of this album and the tracks and the artwork and all of the components that go along with this Artistic collective. I would not change anything…