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RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW THIS BLISS, WHAT HAPPENED?

Hi, folks welcome to the interview, its a belter, and with an added bonus of the bands VIDEO PREMIERE, how exciting!

What made you decide that music is a thing for you?

Since we both can remember, we’ve always enjoyed making up songs. Nick borrowed a 4-track and Jess had a little keyboard, but we didn’t get together to make music until we grew up. 

Introduce us to all to the members and your musical history.

It started with Nick crashing an interview when Jess worked for Performer Magazine (a local Boston music magazine). This led to friendship and collaboration on Jess’ singer/songwriter and rock albums (Red Right Hand & Man Trouble). Nick gave Jess his hard drive full of beats, and the rest is This Bliss history.

Nick is a professional drummer and has played in prominent Boston bands Cracktorch and Campaign for Real-Time (2006 WBCN’s Rock n’ Roll Rumble winner). He is also a Boston Music Award winner and owner of a full-service recording and mastering studio (New Alliance East), whose client list includes Eugene Mirman, Cave In, Will Dailey, Eli Paperboy Reed, Lake Street Dive, and many more. 

Jess is a classically trained vocalist, piano player, and guitarist. In addition to This Bliss, she fronted rock band Man Trouble and currently fronts the shoegaze/dream-pop band, The Shallows.

What was life like for you before music?

We haven’t always been working music professionals, but music has always been a big part of our lives. We both started music lessons as children and have been songwriting for as long as we can remember. 

What was the first song you heard that steered you into a music path?

Jess: Likely an Andrew Lloyd Webber song because it inspired me to perform like they do on Broadway.

Nick: Stravinsky, because it felt intense and powerful.

Where do you feel you currently sit within the music industry?

Our focus is where we fit into our arts community. We own an art gallery and recording studio in Boston, MA, with the intent to inspire local creativity with our peers. The New Alliance Gallery is a community of visual and music artists representing the enduring presence of local art despite ongoing city development displacement. 

What’s the biggest thing you have learned from someone else in the industry? 

It’s more important to work with nice people than famous people.

Tell us Two truths and a lie about you.

Nick has opened for KISS

Jess has opened for Lita Ford

This Bliss performed during Mardi Gras Carnival in New Orleans, LA

If you could wish for one thing to aid your career what would it be?

We had a college roommate who became a music supervisor. We kid, but in all seriousness, it would be great if there was a better way to reach like-minded people who might appreciate the music we do.

Do you ever worry about people taking things the wrong way or cancel culture? Discuss….

In terms of the music we release, no, we think we’re OK 🙂 

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories? If not why not?

Subscribe to our Youtube channel… we kid, again. 

What was the worst experience on stage?

Driving out of state to spend hours watching the sound guy phone a friend because he couldn’t figure out why there was feedback when he had the live mic one foot in front of the speaker… these types of things happen to every musician, but wear on you over time.

Tell us something about you / each member you think people would be surprised about. 

Nick loved sailing growing up and Jess used to be an equestrian. 

What makes you stand out as a band/artist?

We don’t fit perfectly into one genre and we don’t sound like every other electronic/pop band on your playlist. We love evocative singer/songwriter themes and blend them with vintage analog synths. We are seasoned performers with fun, cinematic sets, and we work really hard.

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

Yes! In addition to this new track ‘Timeless’, we have a new EP via AnalogueTrash releasing later this year. We are also releasing select other singles and remixes leading up to the EP. The vibe is ‘singer/songwriter meets electronic music’ and we hope you’ll enjoy them.

What was the recording process like?

Over the last few years, we streamlined our workflow. Jess started this new batch of songs directly in her DAW featuring voice processing as an instrument layer along with MIDI to demo. Nick then adds additional analog instrumentation and we produce together. 

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?

Jess: In the past, we would record vocals at the studio, but I prefer engineering my vocals. Once I got into a good workflow, it’s been a great way to allow myself creativity and freedom in a recording setting.

Would you change anything now it’s finished?

Nope!

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

Up until now, we haven’t released anything new since 2021. We have been sitting on a lot of new music, but have been unsure when or how to release primarily due to how the pandemic impacted our past release. This year, we’re ready and excited to share many new songs, so if you enjoy ‘Timeless’ we hope you’ll stay connected with us because there’s more where that came from!

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