RAQUET

https://soundcloud.com/user-491224531/artifacts-1/s-0jfng

Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience. My real name is Sapphire Jewell and I was born in Seattle, Washington on November 10th 1993. Despite the rain, I spent a lot of my childhood outdoors. I loved growing up in the Pacific Northwest and will probably find my way back someday.

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Tell us about your music career, your band name, musical background, experience and skills.

I’ve been playing guitar for about a decade now. For years I was afraid to play music with other people so I wrote songs and kept them mostly to myself. During that time I think I developed a style that was uniquely my own. I was drawn to the idea of studying music in college and had dreams of playing music festivals and touring. Last May I graduated from University of Southern California with a degree in Studio Guitar. Now I play in several bands in Los Angeles and make music that I love with people I love. As far as the band name Racquet goes, I spent two grueling months thinking of band names before I landed on it. I needed to feel a gut reaction and something about Racquet felt right. I heard it in a song lyric from one of my favorite bands and instantly knew it was the one.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.

I think Racquet falls in the alternative and indie rock genres and also touches on others like psych, math and new wave. My recent single, “Artifacts”, is about rekindling a relationship and reviving memories that I’d previously pushed away as a defense mechanism. My next single, “Surface”, will be paired with a music video that we filmed in Washington. I worked with Jack Martin and Arjan Sudick to create an abstract representation of a very personal song. At one point I run into the freezing pacific ocean fully clothed.

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Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business.

I’m a perfectionist and I’m obsessive when it comes to music. I live for the natural high I get from writing something new and playing shows. Although I am a trained guitarist, I aspire to be a great songwriter over a great guitar player. It’s all about the song. The hardest part about being an artist are the periods of crippling self doubt. I am rife with insecurities and obviously this is a tough business. I’ve accepted the challenge though and I’m always learning something new.

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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot.

The live band continues to evolve but currently I’ve been playing with an all female lineup and I’m loving it. On the record my roommate and Gypsum band mate Jessica Reed played drums and my talented friend Wolf Woodcock played bass. One track off the EP also features my friend Tim Bierman on bass. Eric Lilavois produced the EP at his Seattle studio, London Bridge, with the help of his engineer, Julian Anderson. I feel very lucky to have worked with such an incredible group of people. Shout out to Eric for believing in me before I really believed in myself.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.

It’s hard to say how long I’ve been in the music industry. I guess I felt like I was in it when I moved to Los Angeles five years ago. I love entertainment. I love music and visual media. I think it has the power to change culture and change how people think. I love working with creative people on a daily basis. My future goal is to play the main stage at Sasquatch Music Festival. It was my first music festival and it changed me forever. I need a specific dream like that to stay motivated.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.

I’m often inspired by other artists. It’s a little bit like cannibalism. I don’t really know how to write for drums or synths so I’ll emulate a pattern or sound from others songs I love and then turn it inside out and make it my own thing. When I’m writing lyrics I tend to write about the observations I make in people. I’ve always been fascinated by behavior and what drives people to make the decisions they make. My songs are full of questions. I want to understand people.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

If somebody knows please tell me!!

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.

We all have a little more love to give.

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.

Work harder than I do and never lose sight of what you really want. You deserve to see what your life would be like if you gave it 110%.

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.

Racquet is a fairly new project. I’ve only just released the debut single but there’s more music to come. I’ll be releasing two more singles and a music video before releasing the entire six song EP in early 2018. I’m planning Racquet’s first West Coast and Southwest tours in Spring of 2018!!

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List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have featured you as well and send message to them via this platform.

Shout out to Impose Magazine who premiered Racquet’s debut single. Racquet will also make it’s radio debut with KRXM (thank you guys)! There are more blogs and playlists coming in the next couple weeks. “Artifacts” is also on Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal and all those places for your streaming and downloading desires.

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.

I tend to write lyrics last. I build the entire song with all of the instruments one at a time and then go in and record vocals on top. That’s how I wrote this EP but that approach presents a challenge because after I’ve finished the song, I have to learn how to play and sing my own song. Almost every song I write starts with something on guitar because that’s the instrument I’m most comfortable with. When I’m producing these demos I’m constantly referencing other recordings for ideas. I have documents where I break down song structures and lyrics from artists I respect. I want to be a producer that knows all the tricks – someone who knows the secret to a hit song.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

Foals is my all time fave. I also really love Beach House, Local Natives, Grizzly Bear, and this newer band called Febueder.

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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so.

Racquet hasn’t collaborated with anyone yet but I’m open to the idea. Co-writing can be a terrifying thing, it’s vulnerable, it’s exposing. I’m not sure who I’d be willing to open my heart up to to yet.

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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network. www.racquetmusic.com

www.facebook.com/racquetracquet

www.instagram.com/racquet_

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Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/artifacts/id1298398903?i=1298398906

https://open.spotify.com/artist/30wohuHnr9vg3LSWpJSCWO

https://soundcloud.com/user-491224531/artifacts-1

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

Happiest day/weekend was Sasquatch Music Festival 2009. I was 15 and realized I could never love anything as much as I love music. Some people want to win a Grammy but I want to play at Sasquatch someday. I’m not sure if I’m ready to talk about my saddest day yet.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

I’d save some to support my broke artist self for a couple years and then give the rest to numerous charities starting with Planned Parenthood.

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