Lonna Kelley

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Where are you currently based and what is the music scene like there? Phoenix, Arizona. It's kind of a terrible and ugly city but there are still gems - Sun Trio, Treasure Mammal, Roar, Gene Tripp, Glob....I've never been good at defining a music scene.    How did you first start playing music? My mom played guitar. One day I just picked it up. I think I was 14. I wasn't into learning covers. I liked making up my own songs.  What have you been working on lately? Ard Eevin is my new project. I've been working on it with Ryan Breen who helped engineer my last record. Ard Eevin is Gaelic for "beautiful heights". So hopefully the record doesn't suck. I'm pretty sure it'll win us a Grammy. We finish mixing it this May. Please tell us about the collaborative nature of your recording process and why you choose to record this way: Some times I day dream about changing art forms....maybe a solo gig, like painting. But with music, it feels better to include others - "Here, make it yours too".  Where did you record most recently? At Water Works Studio in Tucson, AZ with Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth). He's playing drums on the Ard Eevin record.  What is it about the magic of the first take that appeals to you most? The more takes, the more you think. Like that Tony Robbins quote, "In your head and your dead".  Who are you listening to at the moment? I'm always listening to The Bee Gees and Tom Petty.  You use incidental noises through out your tracks, please explain why you do this: My husband took me to see Wolf Eyes while I was making that last record. During the show I got freaked out by the noise and thought a demon was trying to possess me. I had to walk out of the venue to calm down. A week later I realized noise was cool, that a demon wasn't trying to posses me, and that I wanted to experiment with scary sounds.  What or who influences your sound and songwriting? I'm not always sure. I can really hear my influences in my older records. But more recently, I just hear me. But maybe fast forward in time and I'll feel or hear differently.  How do you go about choosing which songs to include on an album and which to leave out? What ever feels right. I want to day dream. And I don't want anything to interrupt that dream. So if it doesn't flow, nope.  What do you like to do away from music? I like hanging out with my cats. Sometimes I ride my bike or take long city walks. I like getting lost in the aisles at Target. They have neat stuff. Probably one of favorite things to do - buying a lotto ticket and getting myself psyched up about maybe winning.  Any secrets that you care to share? There are two Maroon 5 songs that I'll turn up if they come on the radio.  What's planned for 2019? To keep playing the lotto and maybe win? To be nice. To play music.  Favourite food and place to hangout? I like Gracie's Tax Bar in downtown Phoenix. Stacy's in Melrose District has a good goth night on Wednesdays. Favorite food - Moira's Sushi , Federal Pizza and Welcome Diner. 

Where are you currently based and what is the music scene like there?

Phoenix, Arizona. It’s kind of a terrible and ugly city but there are still gems – Sun Trio, Treasure Mammal, Roar, Gene Tripp, Glob….I’ve never been good at defining a music scene.

 

How did you first start playing music?

My mom played guitar. One day I just picked it up. I think I was 14. I wasn’t into learning covers. I liked making up my own songs.

 

What have you been working on lately?

Ard Eevin is my new project. I’ve been working on it with Ryan Breen who helped engineer my last record. Ard Eevin is Gaelic for “beautiful heights”. So hopefully the record doesn’t suck. I’m pretty sure it’ll win us a Grammy. We finish mixing it this May.

Please tell us about the collaborative nature of your recording process and why you choose to record this way:|

Some times I day dream about changing art forms….maybe a solo gig, like painting. But with music, it feels better to include others – “Here, make it yours too”. 
 

Where did you record most recently?

At Water Works Studio in Tucson, AZ with Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth). He’s playing drums on the Ard Eevin record.

 

What is it about the magic of the first take that appeals to you most?

The more takes, the more you think. Like that Tony Robbins quote, “In your head and your dead”.

 

Who are you listening to at the moment?

I’m always listening to The Bee Gees and Tom Petty.

 

You use incidental noises through out your tracks, please explain why you do this:

My husband took me to see Wolf Eyes while I was making that last record. During the show I got freaked out by the noise and thought a demon was trying to possess me. I had to walk out of the venue to calm down. A week later I realized noise was cool, that a demon wasn’t trying to posses me, and that I wanted to experiment with scary sounds.

 

What or who influences your sound and songwriting?

I’m not always sure. I can really hear my influences in my older records. But more recently, I just hear me. But maybe fast forward in time and I’ll feel or hear differently.

 

How do you go about choosing which songs to include on an album and which to leave out?

What ever feels right. I want to day dream. And I don’t want anything to interrupt that dream. So if it doesn’t flow, nope.

 

What do you like to do away from music?

I like hanging out with my cats. Sometimes I ride my bike or take long city walks. I like getting lost in the aisles at Target. They have neat stuff. Probably one of favorite things to do – buying a lotto ticket and getting myself psyched up about maybe winning.

 

Any secrets that you care to share?

There are two Maroon 5 songs that I’ll turn up if they come on the radio.

 

What’s planned for 2019?

To keep playing the lotto and maybe win? To be nice. To play music.

Favourite food and place to hangout?

I like Gracie’s Tax Bar in downtown Phoenix. Stacy’s in Melrose District has a good goth night on Wednesdays. Favorite food – Moira’s Sushi , Federal Pizza and Welcome Diner.

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