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Interview with Karin Wright

Ch.L.: Country Music has many new fans in Europe, who may be hearing about you for the first time. How would you describe yourself and the music you play to someone who have never seen or heard you before.

Karin Wright: I describe what I do as Country music with a scent of Rock’n’Roll. We play slow ballads as well as uptempo rock. I like to combine country and rock cause that’s the two genres I love the most. You could probably say it leans towards Outlaw Country.

Ch.L.: How was the last year for you? What were the highlights?

Karin Wright: The highlights for me last year was the release of my second album „Hunting A Dream“ It’ had been years in the making and finally I managed to release it on my own label Indian Songs. I also got lot’s of airplay through HotDisc ( UK ) and some very good reviews as well.

Ch.L.: What’s your latest CD and how’s it doing?

Karin Wright:My latest cd is „Hunting A Dream ( august 2009 ) It has gotten a lot of airplay in Europe and Australia. And great feedback from Dj’s and magazines!

Ch.L.: How did you choose the title for the CD, is there a story behind it?

Karin Wright:I chose the title track „Hunting A Dream“ because of it’s lyrics. It’s about working for your goals and how hard this can be, and not giving in. Some say chasing I say hunting. It’s a lot of metaphor’s in my lyrics.

Ch.L.: Do you write the songs yourself and if not, how do you go about finding the songs for the your CD?

Karin Wright:I collaborate with some of Norway’s finest melody makers. I write all the lyrics and we work out the songs together. There’s a song on the album called „No Mercy“ and it’s written by me and Andreas Johannesson from the fine swedish band Little Green

Ch.L.: Please tell us about the songs on your album.

Karin Wright: All the songs have a story to tell. I like to have something to say. So we keep them in focus when we work out the songs. This is very important to me. Music is all about exspression,sharing and communication.

Ch.L.: What’s the difference between your last CD and the current one?

Karin Wright:“Hunting A Dream is more rough around the edges than my first album „Full House“ was. It’s raw and full of emotion. I was much more daring this time.

Ch.L.: Your current single is being played by radio. What do you thing is specail about this song that makes people what to hear it?

Karin Wright:“I’m With You“ is a simple song. Lovely pedal steel and harmonies.

Ch.L.: What will your next single be?

Karin Wright: „Lonesome Prison. A song who is very much influenced by „Folsom Prison“ with Johnny Cash

Ch.L.: What kind of songs do you like to record the most?

Karin Wright: When the songs are in the making and you feel that a good song is coming along, that’s real joy and that’s what I do like the most. So I must say our own.

Ch.L.: What’s your favorite song among all the songs you’ve recorded and what’s the story behind it?

Karin Wright:I guess I would have to say „Lonesome Prison“ I was in a shopping mall when heard Johnny Cash through the speakers. I had a couple of hours on the bus in front of me. When on board I wrote the lyrics inspired by „Folsom Prison“.

Ch.L.: How much creative control do you have over your music?

Karin Wright: Very much. I’m on my own label and actually nobody can tell me what to do…. That’s the pro’s of releasing your own music. The con’s is that it all depends on me all the time. And that ain’t always easy!

Ch.L.: Do you have any interesting stories about how fans have been affected by your music?

Karin Wright: Some people say I have shown them that there is a way to acheive your goals. Even if you are not that young anymore. That you can get a second wind later in your life. You don’t have to be in your twenties to fullfill your dreams.

Ch.L.: Who do you look up musiccally and how deep do your musical roots run?

Karin Wright: I have to say there is a rocker on my top five. Patti Smith is the number one artist that has inspired me the most. Her lyrics and her precence in the songs. You never doubt her sincerity nor emotionally. She dares to be vulnerable and to let her audience inside. Dwight Yoakam has a sound that I’m striving for. My dream is to have him producing my songs! He also have an absolutely amazing voice. You can tell from the first word song that it’s him. Mary Gauthier, Lucinda Williams and Johnny Cash is also some infuences that touches me the most.

Ch.L.: What do you think about today’s Country Music versus its roots and where do you see it going in the future?

Karin Wright: I must say that I’m not very fond of it. There’s a lot of music that they call country today but it’s almost plain pop…..There’s not many left of the old school. We have Kris Kristofferson, Loretta Lynn, George Jones and Billy Joe Shaver left. But soon there will be no one who you can call real country artists. And it would be great if some of the young artist could carry on their legacy.

Ch.L.: In your opinion, what is the biggest difference between „traditional“ and „new“ country music?

Karin Wright: „New country music what is that? What they call country music today is mostly mass-produced slick pop songs. It’s all about looking perfect and to be a part of a package. Swell looking woman and men in tight shirts and cowboy hats. Country music to me has always been about the honest approach. The one that’s talkin’ directly to your heart. Today’s country music is wrapped up like a beautiful gift and then there’s nothing inside.

Ch.L.: If you had the chance to change something about the music industry, what would it be?

Karin Wright: My dream is to see more people in the industry who is in it for the sake of the music. Not only to make money. They miss out on great musical talents because they think in short terms and easy money. In the long run there’s no such thing as easy money in the music business. If you don’t take the time to find the real thing your succsess is bound to be short lived. And then you have to come up with new artists all the time and that’s what you can call an industry or factory if you like…

Ch.L.: As an artist you have to do so many different things such as recording, touring, doing interviews etc. What do you like best, what’s your favorite activity?

Karin Wright: I must say playing live is what I treasure the most. To connect with people and sharing the moment. Also the making of the songs. When you come up with something that you know is a good song, that’s happiness!

Ch.L.: Are you doing anything to take country music beyond it’s current borders or are you happy where it is?

Karin Wright:I do go beyond those borders. I’m not doing it all traditional. I have some songs that I push a little further, some like it and some don’t. I love old time country music and I love rock’n’roll. I try to combine these two genres with respect. And I can do low key as well as higher pitches and I think that is kind of unusual too. Dwight Yoakam is a prefect example of one who’s stepping out of country music’s current borders. Him and Shooter Jennings.

Ch.L.: What inspired you to become an artist?

Karin Wright: It was the urge to sing and to express my feelings through music. I think music is the best way to reach out and to be reached. Music is healing whether you perform or not. To me it is a necessity, it’s how I survive.

Ch.L.: What drives you?

Karin Wright: If I only knew! I have chosen a road which is full of obstacles and it’s very hard to keep up with the music business. Someone said: Music was never fair, that’s very true. But I just can’t let go I have to sing and perform. For me it’s the only way to live.

Ch.L.: What’s unique about you that differentiates you from other artists?

Karin Wright: I think that I have found my own sound. I try not to copy other artists. I get influenced by others but I’m very aware of not copying. It takes time to find the right way to express yourself musically and lyrically. I can have a raw expression but I’m also very soft. I combine these two and I think kinda works.

Ch.L.: When you get time off, how do you like to relax?

Karin Wright:I go horseback riding or get on my bicycle and I’m off in to the woods.

Ch.L.: Is there anything in your life that you would change if you could?

Karin Wright:I wish that I had believed in myself in my younger days. I missed out on a lot because of that. But it’s never too late and I doing my best to achieve my goals.

Ch.L.: What Prive hopes and desires do you have?

Karin Wright: I’ll be happy as long as I can sing and be able to perform. It’s a blessing to able to do the things you love.

Ch.L.: What has been the biggest disappointment in your life?

Karin Wright: There’s been a few…. But I think that my biggest regret is that I didn’t try hard enough or couldn’t make a music career in my twenties.

Ch.L.: What can your fans expect to see when they see you in concert?

Karin Wright: They will see a full grown lady with lot’s of integrity and power. I’m very honest in my approach and for me it is very important to reach out and communicate with the audience. And we will be rocking!

Ch.L.: Many music fans today get their information about artists via the internet. Do you have your own website and what will fans find there?

Karin Wright:Yes I have a website. www.karinwright.com. News, gigs and updates.

Ch.L.: What’s the best compliment a fan has ever given you?

Karin Wright: I’ve been driving around the Boston area listening to your CD. ( Big time Country ) for over a year and loving it!!!! Your’e among the best. And an email from a guy saying I’m your biggest fan in New Orleans…..;)

Christian Lamitschka ( Ch.Lamitschka@t-online.de )

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