sábado, 12 de enero de 2013

Makeshivt Kity- An interview with Jordannah Elizabeth

Music Journalist, music promoter and musician, Jordannah Elizabeth is a person totally compromised with art and music in all the possible ways. In this opportuniy we have the pleasure  to share a few questions  about her work and her music as Makeshivt Kity, her solo musical project that will release a new album "Harvest Time" on march, and will have colaborations from members of The Flying Eyes, Scorpion Child, and The Vandelles.

Periodista musical, promotora musical y artista también  Jordannah Elizabeth es una persona totalmente comprometida con el arte y la música en todas las maneras posibles. En estas oportunidad tuvimos el gusto de compartir algunas preguntas acerca de su trabajo y su música como Makeshivt Kity, su proyecto musical solista que lanzara su nuevo álbum "Harvest Time" en marzo de este año, que contara con colaoraciones de miembros de The Flying Eyes, Scorpion Child, y The Vandelles

Makeshivt Kity music is a mix of all the different Jordannah musical influences put into songs where she express her fellings about  life. A deep voice melted among acoustic tunes and electronic sounds, creating an relaxing  atmosphere with some psychedelic details. Jordannah's voice is very expressive, this is the most important Makeshivt Kity instument. Her lyrics give us a view of her fellings, sometimes reminding Mazzy Star more acoustic songs. Makeshivt Kity music create enchanting melodies and delicated no conventional pop sounds.

La música de Makeshivt Kity es una mezcla de todas las influencias musicales de Jordannah puestas en canciones en las cuales expresa sus sentimientos hacia la vida. Una voz profunda  entre acordes acústicos y sonidos electrónicos  creando una atmósfera relajante adornada con algunos detalles de psicodelia. La voz de Jordannah es muy expresiva, este es el instrumento mas importante de Makeshivt Kity. Sus letras nos dan una ventana a sus sentimientos a veces recordando las canciones mas acústicas de Mazzy Star. Makeshivt Kity crea melodías encantadoras y delicadas canciones pop no convencionales.

- How did you come to create music?

Well, I always thought of myself as a writer, and I actually started out studying mass communications like television, radio, film and computer science. My father had a radio show when my brothers and I were young, and he was a popular preacher, so we were always around people and at events. He was on television every week because he went to a large church and sat on the pulpit. The services were broadcasted every Sunday.

Music? I guess I transitioned from writing stories, scripts and poems to writing songs. My mom bought me a guitar when I was 13 years old. It was a Christmas present. I taught myself to play it and wrote songs. It came naturally.

I ended up going to college and studying music after I found out the English program didn’t have enough students interested in literature, to allow me to major….

So music has always taken precedent in my life by default. I love it. I’m obsessed with it, but kind of more on an analytical level. Makeshivt Kity albums are birthed through concepts and stories, more than my feelings.

- Can you talk about your previous releases or projects?

Yeah, I named myself Makeshivt Kity at a bar in a small town in Colorado called Manitou Springs. I was 18, and I played the singer/songwriter night and the open mic night every week. Makeshivt Kity means, that I’m a girl who is just kind of self made, from all these little experiences and elements of life.

I recorded a couple of lofi albums of a Roland 4 track recorder in Denver that never came to light. They were lost albums called “Dagger of Love” and “I Will Kill You with My Dagger of Love”…which was a quote, and some type of sexy threat by my producer from Witchta, Kansas called Lowgun. He told me, “I will kill you with my dagger of love, I will kill you with my dagger of passion…”, and I was like “woah”…

My professional career stated with Makeshivt Kity’s “Los Angeles EP”. I recorded with this music genius savant, called Tall City in his attic in Colorado Springs, CO. I wrote it after living in Los Angeles, and drinking too much and getting burned out and dumped by a musician I was dating, and I recorded the album in 7 days. I moved back to L.A. after the album was done and ended up homeless. Nonetheless, warner bros. called me and were interested in this weird ass little lofi album I did. I did some label shopping, but decided to publish my albums on a small net label in Spain called Trastienda.org.

The Holy Implant LP was the next record. It was a follow up to the Los Angeles EP. My life had taken a terrible down turn between albums and The Holy Implant LP is very very dark. It’s about a woman who was slowly losing her mind. I was very influenced by The Warlocks then and the album reflects that a bit.

Love Forever was about a rock star ex boyfriend and our relationship, and how it ended.


- What are your influences, musical or otherwise?

Nina Simone, Betty Carter, The Warlocks, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Blondie, Apollo Heights, Bach, Mozart, John Coltrane, Jacob Hales…lofi tape music, anti folk, minimalism, psych rock, classical art songs and arias, men, lovers, musicians, artists, Los Angeles, Brooklyn, sex, time, love, compassion, spiritually, Christianity, God, Death, pain, lies, drama, passion, intrigue, karma…life.

- How would you describe your sound?

Depends on the album. But I guess I can sum it up as, psychedelic soul music.

- What can you tell us about your songwriting process?

Eh, it generally takes about two years to produce a new album. I have to live a while to write an MK album. I think, I feel and once I feel like I’ve learned enough or have a concept in mind, I slowly work towards creating songs. I write songs on an acoustic guitar. I usually collaborate with super weird off kilter producers, but this new album Harvest Time was done all by me on garage band. I didn’t enjoy recording the entire album on my own. I like working with people who think and create differently than I do.

- What do you have to say about the state of music today?

Music is art. Music is a creation. It always will be. Whether songs are written on a beat machine or are laced with auto tune, they come from a human soul and human hands. No one can take that away from us. So, I don’t worry about anything else.

- What's next for you as an artist?

Promo, travel and live shows.

- What recent music can you recommend?

Bands I’m literally following right now:
Smoke Bellow, The Water, Whoarfrost, The Flying Eyes, The Warlocks, Romantic States, Dead Meadow, Robson Gomes (Robsongs)…

Music I play constantly:
Dead Meadow and Betty Carter

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