Lindsay Broughton Country/Pop/Rock singer. 2014 CMAO Nominated Female Artist Of The Year. 2013 CMAO Rising Star Award Recipient.
Q: What’s new in the world of Lindsay Broughton?
A: Holy that’s a loaded question! There are so many new things with me where do I start?
I just released a brand new single to radio called We Don’t Mix – it’s a great track. It’s my favourite out of anything I’ve released so far and I’m currently on a western radio tour supporting and promoting it to radio stations. On top of that tour, it’s also festival season (woohoo!!) so I’m flying around playing shows all over Canada, while squeezing in studio sessions to work on my follow up record to my debut release titled, Take Me There. The biggest of all this news though, I’ve recently realized I can use Netflix on my phone (haha) – I know, late bloomer but it’s so amazing for those long tour drives!
Q: How was it recording the song “We Don’t Mix”?
A: A phenomenal experience from start to finish. I was working with a new producer named Jeff Dalziel who happens to be a musical genius and really showed me how to bring a song to life. It was so amazing to work with a producer who let me be a part of the process from start to finish and who made sure that I loved every piece of the song as much as he did. Slowly as the song started to come together, with all the different instruments being added, I started to get goose bumps and I MAY have cried on my final listening session when the final puzzle piece was glued into place. It’s so rewarding to hear a piece of music I created and spent hours perfecting in and out of the studio, completely solidified and finished. It’s definitely one of the most exciting parts of the creation process and one of the coolest aspects of being an artist.
Q: How do you approach finding the right photo for single artwork?
A: I’m really lucky because I have a great team and label that give me a ton of creative freedom when it comes to photos and artwork. Generally before photos are taken I have an idea or theme of how I picture the song being portrayed visually. After the idea is in place a photo shoot is then planned around the feel and general vibe of the song from location to wardrobe and voila!! Following the shoot, the photo stems are sent over to me in a gigantic folder and I sort through hundreds of bad photos of myself until I can find one suitable to show other human beings!! Haha
Q: Since music is mostly downloaded, do you consider album artwork as important now as it was in the past?
A: I think I’m old school. I love artwork and always have. Part of the reason I still continue to buy records is because I love looking through artwork and combing through lyrics and any personal messages from artists to their fans. I think artwork is important and there are still old school people like myself out there who appreciate it. If listeners don’t know who I am as an artist and come across my music and if I don’t have interesting artwork I’ve potentially lost a fan and or sale! In short I do believe artwork is still important and a useful tool as well. It’s an artist’s first impression to the world!
Q: When writing a song, is there such a thing as investing too much time?
A: Definitely not. I’m a perfectionist when it comes to my music and I love it to feel perfect and right to me before songs ever see the light of day. A song to me is an emotion or thought I’ve been hanging on to and I feel like most times you can’t push real emotions out on command, and you definitely can’t rush creativity. I find songs are better when they come from a real and raw place, so I take as much time on a song as I please and when I’m feeling ready to write it or finish writing it, it almost write itself.
Q: How many shows do you play per year on average, and how crazy does the schedule get?
A: The average always varies due to a heap of different scenarios. For instance, if I’m working on a record at home, if I have a single on the radio, how well it’s doing and the list goes on.
At my busiest, as horrible as it sounds, sleeping and eating three meals a day becomes distant memories. Between flying to festivals, playing festivals, radio tours, band rehearsals, meetings, recording and promotional appearances, among other things, my life becomes pretty scattered at times.
Q: Could you describe some of your earliest influences in life and in music?
A: I’ve had a ton of female artists influence me since I was small. Shania, The Judds and of course my very own mother. My mom used to sing in a cover band. What little girl doesn’t look up to their mother and want to be like them.
Q: What’s your take on the sex appeal in the music industry? Is it as important for men and women?
A: I’m not sure sex appeal is all that important in the country music world but image definitely plays a role. In my experience, artists that have an image of being very humble and approachable people tend to do well and much better than say, an artist in a crop top all dolled up and not smiling. I don’t think being beautiful ever hurt anyone but in the country music world I’ve never seen sex appeal as a focus or felt that it was ever a topic of importance.
Q: In your opinion, which album would be essential to have if someone were stranded on a deserted island?
A: Haha, right now I’m pretty in love with Thomas Rhett’s new album Tangled Up. There are so many brilliantly written songs and tunes to cater to any emotion and I feel like being stranded on an island and having this record playing in the background might make things seem like a bit of a ‘vacation’ haha.
Q: Where do you see music in general going in 100 years from now?
A: I feel like eventually music might all be considered one genre. As it stands right now, there are so many different styles of music and people from different genres crossing over and incorporating sounds, styles and collaborations from outside genres into their music that even now it can sometimes be hard to pinpoint exactly what genre of music I’m listening to.
In saying that, in 100 years I don’t think it’s crazy to say that all genres might end up being one.