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RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW NEW ORLEANS ARTIST CLAIRE BIGLEY 

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?

I’ve been mesmerized by music all my life. When I listen to something that I like, my whole body is affected. I often go through phases where I have a particular track on repeat and just immerse myself in it.

Introduce us to you and your musical history.

I began taking piano lessons at 7 and was lucky enough to have wonderful teachers who inspired me and challenged me in the perfect way. I worked as a teacher, accompanist, and musical director for years before I started to allow myself to simply improvise and allow what I’m hearing to come through my fingers.

The music industry is the hardest industry in the world to progress in, How do you feel you are doing?

I am happy with my progress and excited for more to come!

How have your songwriting skills developed over time?

I started by arranging music for groups I was directing. The composing seemed to naturally follow.

As you develop as an artist and develop using socials what ways do you get new ears on your music? Any tips?

It’s an interesting balance for me. I do my best to create short videos, posts, and music related content on my socials when I’m in a creative flow. At this point in my life I believe the track has a life of itself after release. I’m sometimes amazed at the different demographics for each of my songs. One will seem to be popular in Sweden while another track seems to be more popular in Germany or Turkey. I never know. Tips…..do your creating and sharing and then let the baby go :-0

Tell us Two truths and a lie about you.

I once had a piano roll away from me during a performance. I’ve never broken a bone.
I have a perfect pitch.

What’s your thought on Spotify monopoly on the music industry?

I have a fondness for Spotify as most of my listeners are streaming on Spotify. Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?



Did you buy anything you don’t need during the pandemic?

I bought one of those rowing machines for exercise. I may have used it once :-0 What was the worst experience on stage?

During my 1st-year graduate recital at The Cleveland Institute of Music, the D above middle C kept sticking while I was playing a Brahms set. So frustrating and surreal.

I hear you have new music, what can you tell us about it.

Embodiment (duet) is the first track of my music I’ve recorded with another artist. I released Embodiment in September as a piano solo and knew at the time I wanted to release a duet version with cello. I was extremely lucky to have Jami Sieber agree to compose and record cello parts to add to the piano. We collaborated virtually. I sent her the piano solo and she sent cello recordings for me to add. She sent me 4 different tracks, all amazing, and 1 track of a kind of atmospheric cello. I merged them all into the cello part of Embodiment (duet) and I couldn’t be happier. I think the cello adds a stunning voice and depth to this track!

Talk me through the thought process of the new tune/s.

This piece started as a musical contemplation of how humanity moves forward in a loving and inclusive way while navigating challenges and rampant, collective trauma. What do we each want to embody and how do we want to gather as a community? The hymn ‘Shall we Gather at the River’ kept looping in my head as I pondered this. Ending the track with this melody therefore seemed imperative.

What was the recording process like?

Effortless. Such a delight.

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes? Would you change anything now it’s finished?

I wouldn’t change a thing.

Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?

Thank you so much for listening!!!!

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