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Lexie Roth is a singer, songwriter and guitarist from Brookly, New York. Her first album was recorded at the age of 18, and was co-produced by her father, famed guitarist Arlen Roth, gaining attention of music fans and critics worldwide. Last year saw her follow-up self-titled LP Lexie Roth, which you can stream in full via the Groovebug iPad app. Fans of Alison Krauss, Janis Joplin and The Black Keys should definitely give it a listen!
Q: Introduce your sound in five words…
A: moody, rhythmic, soulful, true, toothsome.
Q: What can fans expect from Lexie Roth in 2013?
A: Touring and all sorts of new music. I’m currently writing my third album and working on a side project.
Q: Which places or people inspired the songs on the Lexie Roth album?
A: There are so many people and places that inspired me for this album that it’s near impossible to list. A lot of my songs touch on losing my mother and sister when I was very young. “Lost Memory” is ode to my sister Gillian and my dear friends son, and brother who drowned on Martha’s Vineyard far far too soon. There are amazing friends I met while living in Italy picking olives that inspired me to write songs about them, namely “Windfield”. Most of my songs are about real meaningful relationships I’ve had all over the world and this is my way of expressing what I went through. This album is like a web of life experience connected by string, touching down in South Salem, Tuscany, Northampton, Brooklyn, and Martha’s Vineyard.
Q: What is the most fun you’ve ever had writing a song? Either actually writing it or the situation that inspired it?
A: Hmm, good question. I think it would have to be a tie between Ghost Of Childhood, and Country Diddy. I mean Country Diddy refers to the Fresh Prince theme song, and I sing it in a country twang. It came out of me in about 10 minutes; a very fun 10 minutes. But with Ghost Of Childhood, the simple two string meditative guitar part of the verses lent me to write in a very poetic dreamlike way and sing of childhood memories like “we weaved your hair into braids, like cars through traffic”, “we dipped our hands in the silky water, of our river that wound so strange, walking paths through fields, the time didn’t matter.” Then coming up with a chorus that would bring it to life was an exciting challenge that came quick. It ended up being a powerful 60’s The Hollie’s-sounding 12 string jangley chorus with lots of harmonies and oomph. Very fun.
Q: What advice could you give a new musician wanting to pursue a music career?
A: DO IT. But it is hard work. Work on your craft, be prepared, and practice. (I tell myself this all the time). If you can stay in school for as long as possible do it because it will always benefit your life and wouldn’t it be awesome to have answers to your kid’s questions someday? Playing music is so important to me and I feel like everyone can benefit from singing, banging on drums, whatever it may be, just to let some energy out! It’s good for you. Pursue, pursue, pursue.
Q: What impact has touring had on your career?
A: In all honesty I haven’t done an extraordinary amount of touring but this next year I would like to change that around. I’ve played shows in places very far away where I’ve traveled for other reasons but I haven’t done an extensive tour. I know what I’ll say afterwards though. Rewarding, mind-blowing, challenging, beautiful. I can’t wait.
Q: Which do you enjoy most - performing live or recording in the studio?
A: I enjoy both thoroughly but for different reasons. I love recording because of seeing my creative process through, it’s so exciting to bring a song to life with layers of richness and I love singing in a cozy isolated booth in the dark. But performing live is really where it’s at because of the powerful energy you get from the audience.
Q: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
A: It was something my dad told me when I was on the mound as a pitcher in softball in 8th grade. I was pitching a no hitter and the best batter of the other team came up and I got a little nervous so I kept hooking the ball because I wasn’t releasing on time. The coach called time and allowed my dad to come up to me and he said “You’re respecting her too much”. After that I really had my game face on and I finished off the no hitter by striking everyone out. Sometimes you gotta play tough but at the same time, protect yourself and be strong. Life is tough and you’re not going to get anything done if you keep floating through it avoiding anything difficult. I go through life as an incredibly gracious person but I am also very strong willed if someone is wronging me or someone I love, I am not afraid to speak up. To conclude my point, my best advice was to focus, be strong and hold your grace.
Q: Which historical musical moment do you wish you were present for?
A: Hearing The Band’s organ intro Chest Fever across White Lake at the Woodstock festival. And Jimi Hendrix, and Janis Joplin…. and every one else who performed there. I would have been in the mud for sure.