Saturday, November 29, 2014

By Kate Kinder
Editor in Chief 

Miss Avery Spangler also known as Averielle. She is from the big city OF Dallas, Texas. Her Hobbies include Studio, studio, studio and working out, carnivals, shopping, piano, photo shoots, netflix=REVENGE!!!!!!!, running/park with her perfect German Shepard-Rottweiler named Scarlett.

Are you currently touring? If so with who?

“I perform individually as Averielle and also with Empire6”

When and why did you start playing?

“When= Womb? ;) parents sang and played everything.. I don't remember when I fell in love with it, it's been apart of me ever since I can remember. Why= 1. Didn't have a choice (glad) the more I played the more I couldn't stop.”

Which instruments do you play?

“Piano, trumpet, guitar, very little violin.”

What drives your passion?

“Gosh.   The simple brilliance and beauty of Music. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜­ Writing a song is like having a baby haha (I'm pretty sure).  It's your own creation.. It's so magical and life changing and mind blowing that you have the power to create something so deep, beautiful, fun and real.. Then, singing a song is like flying..  Words are so powerful, but words and a melody can be stopped by nothing.  I would say I'm driven by wanting to see exciting ideas (at least to me) in my brain come to life..  And in doing so, hoping to make my papa and my parents proud by carrying on their legacy as far as I can.”

Where do you usually gather songwriting inspiration? What is your usual songwriting process?

“Oh that's unfair - it comes from everything. Everyday changes so drastically, happiness to depression, it literally depends .. there are SO MANY emotions to write about and analyze and feel.

Usual process: I'm at the piano and am having fun just  creating random diddlies (sort of like improving) until something sticks and catches.. It's like putting together a puzzle piece... I start hearing what it should be and play it, then once the piano/instrumental line and chord progression is how it should be, I start to sing gibberish in a matching melody until I start to form words on accident then I listen to what I'm saying and then I know what my song is about.. And from there I write the poem.”

What was the first songs you learned?

“Blackbird/Beatles on guitar taught by my incredibly genius-ly  talented dad.”

Fur Elise was my first classical piano piece at my piano recital, coached by the queen of it all, my mother.

“First official song I ever wrote was "I give you my heart" which I won second place in sixth grade at the North Texas songwriting competition best by a senior.”

I think I was about 4 when I sang Esmerelda's "God help the outcast" in Las Vegas on stage beside my sister and my parents where THEY were chasing their dreams and performing music!:)

Is your family musical?

“Very very much so. Siblings, parents, papa, most of my aunts and uncles and my cousin(twin/best friend) Anna McPherson, she has some beautiful music out as well go check it out!”

Which famous musicians do you admire? Why?

“Lola Astanova - pianist- she morphs classical and Pop in the most intricately perfect and precise, most breathtakingly gorgeous way possible.

Ariana grande - sweetest attitude, plus talent, plus robot powers, plus deep training, she has it all vocally. Absolutely stunned with her skills not to mention she is gorgeous and has the longest prettiest hair, and writes the same style of music I always have loved!”

Which famous musicians have you learned from?

“Influences I was crazy over, growing up, who majorly played a part in how I learned music were: My parents and papa,  Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera, Harry Connick jr., Coldplay, Emery, Relient k, Eisley, Ace of Base(first favorite band).”

What are your fondest musical memories?

“Singing with my papa in his band and having people that have seen him play since my mom was my age  singing with him, and them asking me if I am her. :)

Also when I was about 5 I would get my friends (who were kids of the other band players in my parents band in Las Vegas) and practice and put on a dance and sing act talent show for our parents in order to get something we wanted, it always worked.

Were you influenced by old records & tapes?

“Oh yes, cassette tapes... from Patsy cline and Leeann rimes to brandy and Mariah Carey.. Could not get enough.  Also movie soundtracks, absolutely sang my heart out to Hunchback of Notre Dame for example.”

Who are your favorite musicians?

“Dirty Loops is SUCH a talented group. Jaw droppingly impressed.... Then, My papa - the most intelligent man who started it for me and my sweet and also extremely talented parents, my biggest goal is to carry it on and make them all proud... And my fellow empire6ians they are my family- SO FUN Oh my god and so incredibly talented.”

What is a typical week like for you?

“Sleep in till noon... Day 1: studio or Shop/errands/dog park with Scarlett, voice lesson, work out, dinner, Netflix, sleep . Day 2: studio, forget to eat, workout or perform at show, pizza, sleep  Day:3 half of day 2 then pack then travel, show, travel home. My bedtime is naturally around 3:30.”

What's your favorite thing about being on the road?

“Nice hotels. So clean and fun I like new places and new people and new food and new adventures wayyyyyy too much.”

What's the funniest thing that's happened on the road?

“Well. We broke down. Couldn't get above 30mph. And we were Rollin on 1 hr of sleep- everything was funny. And horrible. 😝”

Best place to eat while on the road?

“Probably subway because it's fast cheap yummy and I'm sitting in a car all day and don't want to feel so fat and sluggish which happens when I end up eating crap good.”

What's the best town play in?

“HOUSTON. Ok home in Dallas COMPLETELY has my heart but Houston is so fun, fresh and new and I always take a trip to my fav beach when I'm there (yes Galveston and no it doesn't always have seaweed it was super clear last several times I visited)   😍😍😍🌊 I love the history and my parents always took me there when I was a kid.”

Since everyone was a startup once, can you give any smaller or local bands looking to get gigs and airplay some tips?

“Be nice-positive- and organized, always. It will set you apart from literally everyone and take you EVERYWHERE.  You can have all the talent in the world but if you don't have your stuff together and stay clean up to date it's just not going to happen.”

Thank you so much Avery!

xxx West Texas Sweetheart 

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