Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience.

Zoe Whittaker / United States
I was born in Pennsylvania and have lived all down the east coast (Virginia, Maryland, and New York). My family and I moved a bunch when I was growing up due to my Dad’s job and some other hardships. We finally settled in South Carolina where my sister and I attended high school and college.

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

I fell in love with sound and music at a young age.  I started playing violin at the age of 8 and have studied classical violin for over 17 years. I remember my first Symphony concert and the feeling I felt after hearing the strings make their gorgeous sound.  I came home ecstatic, begging my mom to let me learn the violin.  I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Violin Performance from the College of Charleston and that wasn’t enough. I had to learn more about music, about sound and all the ways you can make it. I wanted to understand it and really know it.  How composers like J.S. Bach, Beethoven, and rock legends like the Beatles, broke the “rules” of music theory and fought the norm in order to create the most creative, complex, and riveting music.  So, I decided to move across the country to Arizona and get my Masters of Music Degree in Violin.  I graduated this May and have been taking my classical background and knowledge and using it towards my songwriting.

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

My genre is cosmic-country, focusing on strong and vulnerable melodies.  The song, “Cowboy”, was inspired by my move out West, as I chose to leave love and memories behind in order to pursue my music on a deeper level. “Cowboy” personifies the wild, adventurous and passionate love that I feel many of us desire but struggle to hold on to.

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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.

Since finishing graduate school, I’ve put my heart and soul into songwriting and creating an album. It has been awesome to have the time to devote to this type of music making. I love classical violin, but I’ve definitely been longing to expand my study and focus to songwriting for a while. Because it’s still new and recent, I am learning a ton. The process of this type of music making is very different than what I’m used to and I am still getting the hang of the industry. Luckily, I have some great friends and mentors here in Charleston that not only believe in me but also have been helping me through the process and steps to get my music out there. I am very thankful for them and for this city.

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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.

I am producing my album with Corey Campbell, the lead guitarist from SUSTO. I met Corey my sophomore year at College of Charleston, and we’ve been friends ever since. Corey studied piano and music history, and is basically a music genius. We recorded the song in a small space in downtown Charleston. “Cowboy” also features drummer, Julius DeAngelis from The High Divers. The song was mastered by Grammy-Award winning Mastering Engineer, Vlado Meller at Truphonic Studios.  He is a wildly talented and credited engineer.  He is mastering the rest of the songs on my album as well.

https://vladomastering.com

My EP will be released in January 2018!

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

I have not been in the popular music industry for very long! I guess you could say I’ve been in since August haha. But I have been in the classical music world for quite a while.

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

Love and nature. They inspire me the most. I’ve spent a lot of time hiking, backpacking, and adventuring outdoors. There’s something about the air, the colors, the vastness, and the quiet, that makes me feel all the feelings. And oddly enough, the violin has inspired me a ton all these years. It has taught me how to speak and how to express every positive and negative emotion -without using any words at all. It has also taught me the most beautiful melodies. The violin is the closet instrument to the human voice!

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

I think John Lennon said it well. “Everything will be alright in the end. If it’s not alright, it’s not the end.”

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

If you believe in it, don’t give up.

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

I usually have all the lyrics already written and fleshed out before going into the studio. I have a strong idea of the form and vibe of each song I’ve written. They stay mapped out in my head until Corey and I get to it in the studio and then we start drawing them out. Corey helps me express my ideas more clearly and we work really well together. It’s nice to be able to communicate with someone who has a music background and a good handle of the theory and history behind it as well. I bring the harmonic progressions or chords and lyrics and we start elaborating on it from there, adding bass, lead guitar, drums, strings, synth etc.
Lyrics just come to me. I can’t explain it. Usually I hear a melody first or have an idea of what I want to sing or tell a story about. I wake up in the middle of the night and record (delirious and groggy) voice memos on my phone, singing little melodic ideas and writing scattered words in my journal. (Haha)

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

Fleetwood Mac, Townes van Zandt, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, The Beatles and Led Zeppelin.

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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.

Corey Campbell from SUSTO and Julius DeAngelis from The High Divers.

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

https://open.spotify.com/track /3PbBnkhYMgXpdgohc7IIR6

www.facebook.com/zoechildmusic

instagram: zoechild_music

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Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music.
https://zoechild.bandcamp.com/releases

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

My happiest days are when I’m playing music. I do not have a “saddest” day. I’ve had hard days and hard times, as we all do. It’s what we do with the hard times and days, how we choose to come out of them. That’s what will shape you and make you.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

Probably buy a French violin and some other music gear I dream about. Then I’d donate the rest to help support music and the arts in schools.


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