Inara George – Young Adult
By: Jamie Steinberg
Q) How would you describe your sound?
A) That’s always a tough one, but usually I use “folk pop.”
Q) Who are some of your musical influences?
A) Ricki Lee Jones, Wilco, Gal Costa, Prince, Jackson Browne…I feel like there’s so many.
Q) Talk about the story behind your new song “Young Adult.”
A) My kids started taking piano lessons and so I decided I’d take some lessons as well. I never write songs on piano, but the lessons sort of inspired me to start. “Young Adult” was the first song that came out of that. I started writing the chord progression before I started writing lyrics and it sort of felt like a coming of age song so I went with it. And what came out was the story of my musical coming of age from when I started out in music when I was always referred to as “Lowell George’s daughter” to the present.
Q) What do you think it is about the song that fans connect to?
A) I hope they connect to the humanity in the song and that they somehow see themselves in the song?
Q) How does the video for the track play into the message behind it?
A) I suppose I was hoping to capture that feeling I have, and I imagine everyone else has, between the monotony of everyday life and the beauty and insanity of everyday life.
Q) What is your song writing process? Do you need music before you can create lyrics?
A) I usually write the music before I write the melody and lyrics. I sometimes feel like the way that the song sounds sort of tells me what the song should be about.
Q) How much of hand do you have in the production of your music?
A) Mike Andrews, my producer, is a magical mad scientist. His fingerprints are all over this record. But I definitely have opinions about how I want everything to sound. And I did record a few of the songs at home before I took them to Mike. So, I think with this record, more than anything else I’ve done, I had more of a hand in the production.
Q) What can fans expect from a live Inara George performance?
A) Maybe you’ll cry a little and hopefully laugh too…and no pyrotechnics.
Q) What songs off your upcoming Dearest Everybody album are you looking forward to performing live?
A) I love singing “A Bridge,” which is a 5-part harmony acapella song. There’s nothing quite like singing in harmony.
Q) What do you hope listeners take away from listening to your new album as a whole?
A) I hope that people can recognize themselves in the songs. And I hope that anyone hears it feels a little less like they are alone. I know that may sound a little cheesy…
Q) Where are some of your favorite places to perform and what makes those locations so significant to you?
A) I once had the great pleasure of playing at Carnegie Hall with the bird and the bee. The acoustics in that place are so otherworldly. It really lived up to its reputation.
Q) Who would you most like to collaborate with on a song in the future?
A) This might not be the most obvious choice, but Mark Lanegan. He has one of my most favorite voices.
Q) What album/band are you currently listening to and why do you dig them?
A) I am definitely biased, but I’ve been listening to the new Foo Fighters and Beck records. Greg (my band mate) produced them, so you know…
Q) You are a part of social media. Why is that such an important way for you to connect with your fans?
A) I am on social media. I feel like it has such benefits and also a ton of drawbacks. I’m still trying to figure it out.
Q) What would you like to say to everyone who is a fan and supporter of you and your music?
A) Thank you! I’m so very appreciative.