INTERVIEW: Alisa Boniello
By Cyrus Rhodes
Lovestruck from Alisa Boniello showcases an impressive new artist from the New York. All pieces are short and sweet musical experiences, each one possessing its own signature groove and musical personality to call its own. The melodies and harmonies are well crafted and catchy. Hats off to the Top Flight Production work from Barry Eastmond and company. Last but not least the vocal presence from Alisa Boniello just makes the whole thing work by being infectious and seductive. Itís obvious sheís just letting all hang out musically by being herself.
IMD What inspires the CD title of you latest release?
AB Love obviously! I have been pretty fortunate that I havenít dealt with too much heartbreak in my life. I met my boyfriend while I was traveling Europe, and we had a long distance relationship for 2 years! I guess it is safe to say I was completely lovestruck ! J
2- IMD How did you meet Barry Eastmond? What was it like working with him and Wendell Hanes?
AB I was fortunate enough that Barry liked some of the work that I had sent him, and he was excited to work with me. He was honestly so easy to work with and very willing to collaborate with me. I couldnít have asked for someone better. As for Wendell it was interesting working with him because he was in California and I am in NY. Lots of emails!
3- IMD Who are your top musical influences?
LB Well musicals have always been a big part of my life, so Barbra Streisand has been a big influence. Diana Krall got me really into jazz piano and standards. I am always drawn to the big voices. Amy Winehouse was a huge influence for me as well as Aretha Franklin, and Carole King. I just love strong, melody driven songs. I need to hear passion in the voice, not just great lyrics.
4- IMD What was the best concert youíve been to?
LB The Dead Weather in London. Imelda May at Lollapalooza was really amazing too. This is not a fair question!
"I want to have an impact on just one person with my music, like so many artists have impacted me. Music makes you feel that youíre not .."
- Alisa Biniello -
5- IMD Howís the music business in NYC? Whatís the best and worst things about being an artist in New York.
LB Harsh!!! I have barely started getting recognition and people are already given me bad reviews! I have noticed that in NY people really try to outdo each other whether it is with what they are wearing, content of the song, or just simply craziness. So I think the worst thing about being an artist in New York is that artists arenít extremely supportive of each other. But everyone is original, so there is never a dull moment in the NYC music scene! And being that there are so many artists in NY it just makes me want it even more!
6- IMD Whatís in your IPOD right now? What new or current music artists or songs are you finding to be interesting song wise?
AB Jack White! I actually just basically dedicated an entire blog post to Jack White. I just got his new album and am overwhelmed! He is so original; I would LOVE to work with him. I am also really into Lana Del Rey. Her lyrics are just so raunchy and real. I love her honesty. I grew up in the suburbs of NY, and I feel that we have had a lot of similar experiences. There isnít much to do upstate, so you get creative.
IMD What do you like most about performing live?
AB It is the best high in the world. I started off only doing live performances between piano recitals, musical theater and gigging. Recording in a studio is weird for me.
IMDAny future plans to support the new EP?
AB Well I have an EP release party on May 26th at DROM in NYC! SO Iíll see how that goes and then take it from there.
IMD What is the one thing you want fans to take from your music?
AB I donít initially write songs with the assumption that it will be recorded and heard by others; writing helps me sort my thoughts out. I would hope people can relate to my music. If my music can get someone through a hard time, my job is done. I want to have an impact on just one person with my music, like so many artists have impacted me. Music makes you feel that youíre not alone. But if all you want to do is sing LOVESTRUCK at the top of your lungs going 80 down the highway, that works for me too.
IMD What lies ahead?
AB I donít know, it is impossible to plan a future in this business, but I have such high hopes!!! I just want people to want to hear more of what I got to say. This is what I love to do, and this is the only thing I plan on doing.
interview conducted by Cyrus Rhodes. Property of Indie Music Media LLC.
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