ARTIST NAME: Eraina Joy
SONG TITLE: Around Again
ALBUM TITLE: This is Chaos
Eraina Joy is a Colorado Springs-based musician who has just released her debut EP, “This is Chaos.”
The record is composed of three original songs that have been featured on radio stations such as KCMJ, Wutz Hood, and BEACH 105.1 Daytona.
She has also opened for bands like Blackfoot, The Last Echo, and Igaus Davis, and has performed at a TEDx event that can be viewed on their YouTube channel.
Eraina Joy was selected and performed at the MusicGorilla SXSW Showcase.
Eraina Joy’s music is best described as indie-pop with a lyrical emphasis, allowing the song to be unique while simultaneously becoming a part of the listener’s story.
Eraina Joy performs all around the springs area, and you can find more info about her, her music, and her schedule on her Website.
Discuss the gaining of confidence to sing in front of a large crowd for the first time.
I’ve discovered that if I wait until I have the confidence then I’ll be waiting forever.
The first time I played in front of a large crowd, I was terrified, but I told myself that if I want to be a musician then people need to actually hear my music.
Thinking back to my first performance, it’s easy to see all of the ways I could’ve done better. But stepping foot on that stage and singing my songs for the first time was the only thing that mattered. Since then, the confidence comes the more I practice.
If you are well prepared and are familiar with your material, the things that can be in your control will remain in your control. The things that aren’t – Well, there’s no use in worrying about those.
Tell us the best way to make money in the music business.
It depends on the musician. For me, as a smaller, local musician, the best way to make money is through live shows. Whether they’re ticketed, paid for by the venue, or you’re given a commission, that’s where your money is going to be. You get paid to do what you love and any new ears listening will hopefully go and buy your album, and there will be money in that, too.
However, if you are relatively “successful” in terms of popularity, the biggest source of revenue will be songwriting royalties.
Share your press release and reviews with us.
Here are a few iTunes reviews:
“The voice is mystical and relevant. Can’t be described but only experienced. This is a voice that will be appreciated for a long time.”
“This girl knows her stuff. The songs are fresh and there is richness in her voice that suggests that she’s not just another ‘American Idol’ contestant. Three songs weren’t enough. I want to hear more from her”
Tell us if you consider acting.
I’ve never acted before but if the opportunity presented itself I wouldn’t mind giving it a shot!
State what takes your time apart from music.
Apart from music I spend most of my time with my family. We like to do a lot of traveling.
Discuss the music industry.
The music industry is definitely a business. It’s really important that you know your stuff, whether it is the language used in contracts or how to navigate ticket sales, recording fees, etc., the best thing an artist can do is educate themselves on what it all means. If you don’t, you’ll get chewed up.
Tell us how you will rate yourself as an artist.
As an artist, I would consider myself well-rounded, but I have much to learn. I primarily sing, play guitar, and piano. There is always room for practice in all of those areas, so even if I’m “good” now, that doesn’t mean I can’t be getting better.
Tell us how you plan to impact society.
As cliché as it sounds, my main goal is just to help people feel and understand their emotions with my music. I want to be able to tell stories that allow people to take a deep breath and say “Yeah, that’s exactly what…feels like.”
Tell us how to become a famous artist.
A lot of hard work, a lot of persistence, and then even more hard work.
Narrate your recording experience.
The recording experience is an avenue that makes all of the hard work worth it.
Going into a studio, putting down the tracks alongside a fresh pair of ears, and then bringing that song to life is so fun – When you write a song, you hear it a specific way in your head.
But most often it isn’t until you’re in the studio with a team of like-minded people that you can really create the song you imagined.
Tell us what you will buy if you want to build your own studio.
I have most of my studio gear already, but I’d say the best purchases I made were acoustic foam, a Blue microphone, and a midi keyboard. Those things have really set me up for success when trying to create a fully instrumented song.
Tell us the instruments put together in this song.
‘Around Again’ is primarily electric guitar, heavy bass, and electronic sounds.
We knew we wanted the song to have pop vibes with a lot of deep kick and bass sounds, so we experimented with different programs and mixtures until we found the sounds we wanted.
List your five favorite songwriters.
Penny and Sparrow.
List your five favorite music producers.
Max Martin (Taylor Swift top hits), Ryan Lewis (Macklemore hits), Quincy Jones (Michael Jackson hits), and Jon Bellion, and Charlie Puth (both often do their own production).
Describe your feelings when you hear your song on the radio.
It’s an immense sense of pride. It’s hearing something you created from the ground up on the radio and realizing that the hard work paid off.
Describe your best mood to write a song.
Contemplative: It doesn’t matter if it’s a happy, sad, angry, or even love song – if I’m thinking about the “why” behind the emotion, I can usually pull a song out of it.
State five artists you can regard as legends.
They’re probably pretty typical answers, but Michael Jackson, Adele, Freddie Mercury, Beyonce, and Shania Twain.
Tell us the story behind the song.
I’ve taken the following from a section of my website called “An Inside Look:”
“My anxiety is like abstract art. I always seem to be seeing and feeling it differently.
Sometimes, it’s curling in on myself, convinced that squeezing my eyes shut even harder will make me invisible.
Other times, it’s a furrowed brow, biting the inside of my cheek, and wiping sweaty palms on the back of my jeans -and believe me, I’m doing my best to plaster what is, at best, a watery smile on my face.
Sometimes, you can’t see it from the outside at all, but I’m pretty sure my chest is being ripped open because there’s an ache in my lungs that crawls all the way to my toes.
If you can’t see it, rest assured it’s always there and it’s always gnawing away at my peace. And I guess that’s the unfortunate thing about abstract art. No two people see it the same way.
With that realization came the lyrics of Around Again.
Over the course of my life, my anxiety was often misinterpreted by those around me as pride, ego, and selfishness.
Trust me, it’s definitely not that I think I’m too good to talk to you, it’s just that my mouth has wired itself shut. If it opens, all of the wrong words will come spilling out and I will have nothing to soak them up with.
It’s not that spending time with you is a burden to me, but my mind has convinced me that it probably definitely is a burden for you. Of course, I could never tell you any of this. It’s not that I don’t trust you, it’s just that I need to do and say all of the right things all of the time so that I won’t hurt you. So, I guess it’s more like I can’t trust me.
I get it, it’s pretty easy to mix up the two. And that’s happened a lot.
When I wrote this song, it felt like everyone who mattered in my life needed more from me than I could give them. But how do you explain the invisible?
There was a constant voice screaming “if you do this, you’re only going to hurt yourself or the people around you, and then you’ll be all alone.”
At the time, I didn’t know how to put that into words. So, I did my best to give them what they needed, ignoring all of the toxicity that was bubbling inside me.
Ironically, doing this always resulted in – you guessed it – hurting myself and hurting others. It was (and continues to be) a cycle that went around and around again.
Since I first penned those lyrics, I’ve made a lot of progress. I’ve come to understand that there is no instant cure and there is no willing this anxiety away.
Getting better started with one person who, somehow, was able to see through all of the walls I kept around me. They saw the secrets I kept in a safe, and they picked the lock until the door swung open.
After that, it was up to me to let those secrets go. Again, there is no instant cure. Some days it takes everything in me not to slam the door shut again because everything feels so much safer behind lock and key.
But other days I remember that if I hide away, nothing bad can find me, but nothing good can find me either.
If anxiety is something you struggle with, know this: your brain is lying to you.
There is strength in your vulnerability, there is beauty in your imperfection, and allowing yourself to be yourself will free others to do the same.
Get the help you need to be okay again, you don’t have to live in fear.”
State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.
My name is just the name my parents gave me: Eraina Joy. Eraina means peace in Greek.
State the title of the song and the meaning.
The song is titled “Around Again,” which just comes from the idea that if someone doesn’t truly understand something, you can discuss it with them in circles – going around and around again – and nothing will come of it.
State the title of the album and the reason for choosing the title.
The album title is “This is Chaos,” which is a lyric from the song “Out to Sea,” also featured on the album.
I chose that line because all of those songs captured a time in my life where I was still very young and still figuring life out. It was chaotic.
I also chose that title because the tracks on the album were all very different, they didn’t really all fall under the same genre umbrella of “pop,” so we thought the name worked on two different levels.