Thursday, April 21, 2016

StarCoach2016: Amber Lynn


Before I get into today's band highlight, just a note, our Indiegogo campaign is in its final days! Five days, to be exact. This is your last chance to pre-order a copy of my upcoming EP, request a postcard from the road, book us for a house party, and help us make it up the coast and back home! Check it out: https://igg.me/at/starcoach2016/x/13730743

Now, for the fun part of the post...It is with great pleasure that I introduce our expressive, soulful and groovy bassist, Amber!

What's your name?
-Amber Lynn Torres

What instrument do you play on this tour?  
 - Bass

What other instruments can you play?  
- I play guitar. I dabble on the keys. I play...harmonica.

When and why did you start playing your instrument?  
- well...

What other bands/groups/ensembles are you a part of?
- I do have my own solo stuff. Right now it's under "Amber Lynn".

Have you been on tour before?  
-I have not.

Name one thing you have to take on the road with you?  
-Chocolate milk...?

Are you more Stardust or Stagecoach?
-I'd say I'm more Stagecoach and less Stardust-y. [Breaks out in a Stagecoach-inspired shuffle.]

Would you have survived a cross country trip in a stagecoach?  
-Likely...Not likely...Maybe. I don't know, I haven't done it yet!

Given the opportunity, would you leave Earth? The solar system? The galaxy?  
-[Earth?] Oh, man...I kind of would, because I see myself as a lone ranger. [Solar System?] Yeah, why not? [Galaxy?] Yeah, and be well-traveled if I have the opportunity.

What are you most looking forward to on this tour?  
- I'm looking forward to just being together with everybody, creating music and sharing it with people, instead of my day-to-day job. And traveling! Going places! Getting out of California!

Monday, April 18, 2016

StarCoach2016: What They Told Me



This Indiegogo campaigning deal is tough business! They told me it was going to be difficult from Day 1, but I really had no idea. We are currently mid-fundraiser and to be honest, we still have so much more work to do.

It would be easy to get disheartened--especially when thinking about the minimum amount of money we need to simply put gas in the tank and pay our musicians, and seeing how far we are from even that--but any time I hear those doubts start to murmur in my head there's another voice that laughs. This is the type of adversity that all your songs are about,  it says.

And it's true. So, here we are, only nine days left in our campaign with more than half our funds still needed to be raised, and this Monday I am determined to keep pushing until the end. No one said taking the leap would be easy.

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I can't end my post on a shaky, indeterminate note. A GIGANTIC thank you to everyone who has contributed, shared, sent love to our campaign so far!!! We truly do appreciate every single bit of your support--it's what is getting us up the coast (AND back)!

For those of you who would like to support our tour, you can contribute below:




And for those of you who could use a little Monday motivation yourself, here's a fun video of "What They Told Me" that Julia took of me:


Friday, April 15, 2016

StarCoach2016: JV



So, you know that I'll be going on tour this May with Julia Fairlight. You know how you can contribute/pre-order my EP/book a house concert with us. You know that rehearsals are underway. I think it's time to get personal and introduce you to the talented musicians who will be my family on this tour!

We'll start with our impeccable, impressive and imperturbable guitarist!

What's your name?
- JV Vidopio

What instrument do you play on this tour?  
 - Guitar

What other instruments can you play?  
- Piano, bass, I can program music

When and why did you start playing your instrument?  
-I started playing guitar when I was six and a half years old. When I first learned how to read music, my mother sent me to Conservatory, when I seven.

What other bands/groups/ensembles are you a part of?
- The Letters Home, Push Phonic, Hypodive

Have you been on tour before?  
- Yes

Name one thing you have to take on the road with you?  
-My credit card.

Are you more Stardust or Stagecoach?
-I think I'm a mix. I think you have to have both.

Would you have survived a cross country trip in a stagecoach?  
- Yeah, definitely. Absolutely.

 
Given the opportunity, would you leave Earth? The solar system? The galaxy?  
-I wouldn't. I still have a mission here to accomplish and if I'm not done, I don't want to leave earth. So, definitely not.

What are you most looking forward to on this tour?  
- I'm looking forward to touching people and changing people one person at a time. Not "touching" like that! If they're in a bad mood and if they have had a terrible day, I think we really have a chance to change people with the music.

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Stay tuned for more from the band and other behind the scenes looks at the Stardust & Stagecoach Tour!


Wednesday, April 13, 2016

StarCoach2016: Rehearsal!

Rehearsals for the Stardust & Stagecoach Tour are in full swing and honestly, they're one of my favorite activities to go to all week! The last time I had a band was when I was in high school, and after years of doing the solo singer-songwriter thing, it's really exciting to be working with a group of extremely talented musicians.

I'll be introducing and highlighting each of my band members in the coming weeks, but for now, here's a little taste of what it's like at Stardust & Stagecoach rehearsal. (P.S. It tastes like berry shortcake.)



Monday, April 11, 2016

StarCoach Update: Fundraising

We're just over a month away from heading out on The Stardust & Stagecoach Tour, and the preparations are in full swing. Rehearsals are rocking, booking is coming in, and merch is on its way, but the biggest development right now is that Julia and I have started our very own Indiegogo campaign!

As artists on a small label, we are given lots of support in terms of recording, booking and artist development. We get one-on-one attention and amazing opportunities to grow as musicians and as people. However, due to the size of the label, we aren't always able to get the financial backing we need to completely fund our projects.

Both Julia and I want our first tour to be a smashing success, which is why we are so excited to announce our fundraising campaign and get you involved in making The Stardust & Stagecoach Tour the most glorious first tour the West Coast has ever seen!

Every little bit helps--every $5 is gas in the tank--and is very much appreciated. And if contributing money is a just out of reach right now, don't worry about it! You can still help us out by sharing our campaign with your friends and family, and even sending us love and support.

Oh! And don't forget to check out the perks! Our campaign is currently the only way to pre-order my upcoming EP Run!

Contribute to The Stardust & Stagecoach Tour!

Contribute to The Stardust & Stagecoach Tour!