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30 Seconds to Mars Examiner: How long have you been singing?
VK Lynne: Since I could make noise! But I really started working at it when I was 12…I’ve never had lessons, I just experimented and practiced to get the sound I have now.
30 Seconds to Mars Examiner: Tell my readers something about yourself that might surprise them.
VK Lynne: I’ve been married to the best human being I know for 8 years- And it’s a good thingJ . Hollywood and the entertainment business are often maligned for being counter-relationship, and likewise, relationships are often considered anti-career, but I believe that having a solid home base actually frees your creativity. I married my best friend, and he’s always up for whatever I want to do artistically.
30 Seconds to Mars Examiner: Talk about some of your experiences trying to build this music career. You cite Jared Leto’s quote about following the path of the dreamer. What kind of adventures has walking that path brought to you? How has this path helped you through some of the heartache that you so honestly speak about on your blog?
VK Lynne: ‘Adventures’! I like that…Well, it’s no secret that there are expectations put on artists in Hollywood, but as a woman, things get even trickier. The focus on your image is much sharper, and if you let it happen, you can lose everything that makes you unique.
I’ve been told by “music industry types”, (and each of these are direct quotes):
“Straighten your hair”.
“Wear more makeup”.
“Don’t tell anyone you’re married”.
“Don’t swear on stage”. (Ok, that one’s probably right)
“Don’t play the guitar as much- it hides your body”.
“Don’t wear a bra”.
I’ve also had some bad management/music executive experiences from fairly harmless A&R who wanted me to “just sing some pop songs and we could all make a lot of money” to more insidious suggestions that I sing songs that the manager himself had written instead of my own, to the most pernicious of the crew who pushed me into losing too much weight, which led to a bout with an eating disorder.
But if you are on the “path” as we say, you keep walking- because there’s no other road. If you’re a songwriter, it’s not a choice you made… the music is in you and you’re just the channel. ‘Salvation in the Skies’, my Christmas song, was written in mid-July, because that’s when it came…I’ve learned a lot from the roadblocks (and gotten some good songs from them) but I’ve never let them stop me completely. While in the throes of anorexia, at my sickest, I sat on the couch and cried for three days, and at the end of it, I wrote ‘Whiskey or Water’- which may be the most important thing I’ve ever done.
No one ever promised that the path would be easy – just that it will continue if you’re willing to follow.
Go to part three to listen to VK Lynne sing “Hurricane” and to read what’s next for her.
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