In this interview spotlight, we chat with Alice Limogaabout influences, the latest project, challenges and more.
Full Q&A along with links and the video for Winter Nights (Live) below.
Where are you from and what style of music do you create? (In your own words, not necessarily in marketing terms or by popular genre classifications.)
Hi! My name’s Alice Limoges. I’m from Maine in a really sweet little oceanside town called Rockport. Now I live in White Plains, NY which is a 40 minute train ride from Grand Central station in NYC and a 10 minute walk to a lakeside forested trail, so it’s a pretty good balance for me. I’ve been singing as long as I can remember and playing guitar since I was 11 and piano since I was 14. My music is this jazzy-folky breed of singer-songwriter.
What led you down this path of music and what motivates you to stay the course?
Like I said, I’ve been doing music forever and don’t intend on stopping any time soon. I ended up in New York because I went to music school at SUNY Purchase’s music Conservatory. Since I was about 15, I knew this is what I need to. There are memories of losing sleep, freaking out over how I would be diving into this insane industry, but I guess I just kind of did in anyway. One thing that keeps me on course is once you build up a little momentum, you can keep riding that wave higher and higher. I self-produced an album, started playing shows with a badass band and getting some press, and it just keeps growing. It’s really fun and I love waking up every day and playing music.
How is your new release different than previous ones? Did you set out to accomplish anything specific?
“The Space Between” is very different from “As Close As You Can Be Without Touching”. A few changes were that I self-produced this one. It’s a lot more intimate and personal and the production is a little more creative but also a little more sparse. “As Close As You Can Be” featured and orchestra and a full band of pretty much every song, whereas “The Space Between” is mainly me playing every instrument except cello on one song and drums/bass on another. I worked with a ton of people on the earlier release, but this one it was just a handful of people involved. I learned a lot from both projects and like them for different reasons. I think they show really different sides of my music. Personally, at this point I really prefer the new album, but of course am now thinking about the next one.
Do you face challenges as an indie musician in a digital age? How has technology helped you (assuming it helps)?
Technology has really changed the music industry. First of all, recording used to be this huge production where there were no tiny, cheap studios and to be a recording artist, you needed a label’s support. Now, I have a recording set up in my bedroom. This allows way more people to produce music, which is great, but that also means there’s a lot more competition. However, I love the rise of the indie/DIY world. There are a lot of tiny publications. It’s easier to build your career and get the materials you need because you can create extremely professional products (recordings/videos/graphics/websites) on a smaller scale.
Where can we connect with you online and discover more music?
I’m all over the internet.
- I have a website where you can join my email list: alicelimoges.com
- I have a facebook.
- A twitter
- A youtube channel
- You can listen to all my music online at my bandcamp
- Or on Spotify/iTunes/Apple Music/Amazon/you name it.
Anything else before we sign off?
I appreciate the support of everyone who listens to my music and comes out to shows. I have a lot of shows booked for this fall, so definitely check that out on my website. For my next record, I’m working with a Grammy award winning producer and have been working on making demos this week. This year, it’s my goal to push hard and take things to the next level, so I hope you’ll stick around with me to see where it leads. Thank you for the opportunity to do this interview, Mid Tennessee!