Hello Produced By a Girl! Thank you for speaking with me today!
Produced by a Girl Answering: Thank you! Honored to be here.
You are gearing up for the release of your album! Will you tell us about it? Produced by a Girl answering : Femme Frequency was inspired by 5 female artists and producers coming together and exploring the topic of darkness to light to process through what had been happening in the world during 2020 and 2021 when the pandemic was in full force. The female artists:Tess Posner, Lil MC, Sadie Belica of The Waking Point, and Meghan Pulles along with Produced by a Girl (aka Mary Knoblock Founder & CEO of Produced by a Girl), decided on the name Femme Frequeny as it reflects the power of female creators and their unique frequency they bring to music, soundwriting and production. Produced by a Girl sponsored the compilation album alongside The Stachehaus and KMG and is honored to be surrounded by incredibly talented females in the music industry, their talent shines on the album and brings renewal and light to a world that needs healing and equality, and strength.
What was the creative process for it? Produced by a Girl Answering: The creative process varied by each unique artist and producer. I'd love to highlight a couple of us from the album below; their creative process and inspiration for their songs. Attention Attention- written by Singer/Songwriter Meghan Pulles. This song was written along the lines of the pandemic, and how we all tend to rush around this earth with a fear that we are missing out on a lot. Living in NYC, and being on the subway sometimes I can really experience this type of human behavior, and people are so much in their own heads they fail to take in the sights of the beauty and creation of the world. This song also touches on how we are all only just human, and sometimes we can be very hard on ourselves but we must remember that in all of our shortcomings, we are only just human and need to have a wake up call with that sometimes. Lonely Town- Written by Singer/Songwriter Meghan Pulles. This song was written about depression, and mental health issues. I suffer from depression like a lot of other humans, and it can be a real burden to bear. I thought it might be interesting to tell a story of a “Lonely Town” where people are so disconnected, and no one comes or gathers in the same way, we all bring our worries and troubles with us. Depression can pull us into a black hole, and I knew that it needed to be written about because too many are taken everyday from it. Into The Light - Written by Singer Songwriter Meghan Pulles, with features by Singer/Songwriter Tess Posner, and Hip Hop artist Lil MC, Produced by Sadie Belica (also on back-up vocals), with project production managed by Produced by a Girl (Beatmaker and back-up vocals). This song is about female empowerment, and how when females come together we are magical and powerful and unstoppable. I had a blast writing this song,, and it was so much fun to write in a more EDM/Pop Vibe. My favorite part about it is the reference to Bell Jar that Tess wrote in Verse 2. We want women to play this song on full blast, dance around together, and know how powerful, strong and UNITED we are when we are in this together. LiL MC's verse is total fire for the song and brought us all together as fierce femmes. Sadie's production was fantastic and as a female producer, we were so stoked to see her debut on this song as an incredible female producer. We all loved the beat Produced by a Girl found for us and the whole group of artists rallied around the melody and finished the song in a record two weeks! Lumen Tenebris - Composed by Produced by a Girl: this song was written around jazz elements that really stood out to me in a neo classical setting and soundscape. Illumination resonates through the sound and also the title of the song. It is inspired by the 20's era with all the visions of celebration and freedom in a world that seems far away during the pandemic. I wanted to bring back that feeling of old glamour, like walking through a music hall after the performance is over with the last song playing, while everyone is relishing in the joy of being around eachother, having fun and listening to beautiful music. I hope it brings some light into the world no matter where we are. What was your creative process for your songs? Sadie Belica from The Waking Point answering: This song started out as a metal riff, but then evolved over the course of several months as I learned what types of instruments and sounds to mix to deliver the full range of emotions that the song encompasses. I mixed dystopian atmospheric synths, different guitar effects chains, and an orchestra with percussion to bring the dramatic feel I wanted to the song. It was a cool learning process for me, and I learned a lot of the lingo and technique for programming orchestral instruments. I’m obsessed with epic movie soundtracks and wanted to produce a doom rock themed score. The song is about battling depression on a decaying planet, and the emotional turmoil of bearing the end of times alone. The lyrics “another target to miss” reflect the times in my life where I often buried my dreams or dumbed myself down to please my partner, or just to have a partner. “Someone I couldn’t eclipse” refers to their feeling overshadowed by me at their own passions, which in the end led to loss of love.
Who are some of your biggest musical influences?
Sadie Belica from The Waking Point answering:My biggest influences for Scars include grunge rock bands Nirvana and Alice in Chains, as well as my favorite score composers Ramin Djawadi and John Williams. The song is like a hybrid of the two and was produced and mastered for potential film soundtrack placement.
Who would be a dream collaboration for you?
Sadie Belica from The Waking Point answering:It is a toss-up between making a trippy, powerful, and epic doom rock album with Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, or a more eclectic and experimental garage rock album with Dan Auerbach. I absolutely love his project The Arcs, as well as his production of Lana Del Rey’s Ultraviolence. I think a Waking Point collab with either of them would be mind-blowing.
Do you have a saying or piece of advice you carry with you that you like to pass on to other musicians?
Sadie Belica from The Waking Point answering:In the music industry there is no such thing as a supportive shark. Don’t let anyone gaslight you into pursuing something that you don’t want to. Don’t listen to the insecure people who tell you that you can’t sing, and don’t change your vibe and artistic vision to fit in somebody’s box. My band is considered grunge, but we love to experiment, and we have a hard time narrowing down our sound to a specific genre. Do as much of the music and production that you can or learn to do the basics so that you don’t have to rely on someone else’s ability to replicate your musical vision. I was fortunate enough to have a music teacher push me to do this early on.
Any upcoming projects we should be on the lookout for?
Sadie Belica from The Waking Point answering: My band is releasing our first full length album The Enemy of Love out this Fall, which I am currently producing and co-writing with our lead guitarist Alex Springs. The album will be experimental rock, with tracks ranging from a doomy/grunge pop Nirvana vibe, a feminine and psychedelic Alice in Chains feel, to a James Bond type Nine Inch Nails inspired song. We are taking the traditional sound of grunge music and adding our own dramatic and diverse sonic qualities and feminine harmonies.
Please let everyone know where they can keep up with you and your music!
Sadie Belica from The Waking Point answering:You can follow our musical journey on Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/thewakingpoint/
Who are some of your biggest musical influences?
Meghan Pulles answering:Taylor Swift, Regina Spektor, Sara Bareilles, Ingrid Michaelson, Joni Mitchell, Phoebe Bridgers, James Taylor, Carole King, 1970's music, the list goes on Who would be a dream collaboration for you?
Meghan Pulles answering: Regina Spektor Do you have a saying or piece of advice you carry with you that you like to pass on to other musicians?
Meghan Pulles answering: Keep going, keep playing, keep putting yourself out there, and keep on writing through the muck because there is a shining light that needs to be shone to this broken world, and your voice could be the one that makes a huge impact on another person's life. Any upcoming projects we should be on the lookout for? Meghan Pulles answering: I will be releasing a cover in October of Neil Young's "Harvest Moon", some Christmas tunes in December, and I am starting work on my debut album next weekend :) Please let everyone know where they can keep up with you and your music! Meghan Pulles Answering:IG- meghanpulles Twitter-meghanpulles89 Facebook- Meghan Pulles Patreon- Meghan Pulles Patreon Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0oXfXHkuu49RfJXnIt0Z0j?si=SO6gVnAkRtaeDWgQg8WY8g&dl_branch=1 Website: meghanpulles.com Bands In Town- https://www.bandsintown.com/a/4850869-meghan-pulles Sponsored by: Produced By a Girl, The Stachehaus and KMG IG Social media : @thestachehaus / @kmgdistribution / @producedbyagirl
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