With every new RecordDrop artist music upload, our team never fails to be surprised by all the unique songs we get to enjoy.
When we first got the notification that music was uploaded by a Pop-Rock artists named Andi Galusha, the word captivating could barely describe the smooth soulful voice of her singles “Mama Gonna Tell”, “Tender” and “Earthly Love”. The soulful ballads and pop elements in her tracks have touched not only our hearts, but the hearts of our listeners.
We interviewed Andi to get a sneak peek into the artist behind the tracks.
“Let’s start with the theme for this month’s Webazine, “when did you fall in love with music?”
I fell in love with music when I got a hold of my mom’s music collection of vinyl, 8-track tapes and cassettes. I remember just devouring Janis Joplin’s “Pearl” album. My other go-tos were Dolly Parton, Diana Ross, Chaka Khan, Barbra Streisand and ABBA. I lived and breathed this music! Still, I believe the moment I truly realized how magical music really is, was during a hot summer’s day: I was dancing in the sprinklers and I heard the most magnificent voice…Annie Lennox of the Eurythmics singing, “Here Comes the Rain Again.” I was blown away. I wanted to be her so badly.
“How would you describe your music and sound?”
I’ve heard a lot of different opinions recently about which genre(s) I truly fit into. I’ve been told my sound is soulful, chill and bluesy alt-rock, and yet some music curators have labeled me as alt-pop. My songs are heavily influenced by the 1990s, because I believe that decade was just phenomenal for the music world. The “Indie” genre doesn’t seem to have the same meaning it did a few years ago, so even though I’m an independent artist, I wouldn’t expect the listener to hear an indie vibe. My vocals have been compared to Tori Amos, Lana Del Rey, Sarah McLachlan and Eva Cassidy.
“We heard you are releasing a new song soon called “Throw The First Stone”, what is the process like when you’re making new music?”
I have had the immense opportunity to be mentored and make music with two of my rock heroes, Isaac and Thorald Koren of Fransancisco and BRÅVES. My husband and I used to go see them in L.A. clubs as fans when they were still The Kin. When I serendipitously was able to join their “Songwriters Journey” and record with them in their Ojai, CA studio, everything changed for me. “Throw the First Stone” is 1 of 5 songs that we have written together.
Now as I continue to write music by myself, I find that inspiration almost always hits in the weirdest of places. Typically I’m in the shower calling out for one of our daughters to “grab Mommy’s phone!” so I can belt out whatever is coming to me. It’s either that or I’m woken up at o’dark thirty with an idea. From there, I record a voice note and then try to build some structure with lyrics. I’ve been writing songs my whole life, but I rely on musicians like the Brothers Koren who are lightyears more skilled than me at instrumentation. But 2020 has us all learning new things, right? I recently bought a Microlab keyboard and am loving it!
“What does a typical day in the life of Andi Galusha look like?”
Currently, I am homeschooling our twin 7-year olds and trying to steal away little moments to be creative and work on either promoting my music or making new songs. To be honest, I’ve kind of done things backwards. I’ve always been active in music, but chose to become a Registered Nurse in my early 20s instead of pursuing being an artist. I’m a wife and a mom and sometimes a spicy disaster! But I love music with every fiber of my being and decided a while back that I would not push down that part of me any longer. So I may not have all the time available to work solely on music, but I’m persistent and quite happy with the process.
“Why did you choose RecordDrop as a platform to share your music?”
I think RecordDrop offers a really unique space to not only share your music, but also connect with listeners and other musicians. It’s exciting to see what you all have built and how it just keeps getting better and better.
“If you could give a word of advice to other indie artists, what would it be?”
Being creative gifts you with more creativity. Even if you are only creating for minutes a day, you are keeping that beautiful spark alive.
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