Friday, June 17, 2011

Lindi Ortega (The Interview)

Back in May, we made Lindi Ortega's "Little Lie" our Jam of the Day, and since, the tune has been featured in USA Today's playlist, and been talked about all over the blogosphere. We aren't surprised. Ortega's a sassy and talented artist, one that is going to win over plenty of fans in 2011.

The singer-songwriter from Toronto's debut full-length album, Little Red Boots, was recently released, and we got a chance to catch up with her over e-mail. Enjoy!

1. You've been described as "a blend of Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, and Emmylou Harris." What does that mean to you?

I think those are all very flattering descriptions. I have certainly been influenced by these wonderful artists.

2. Tell us about recording Little Red Boots. What were some of the highs and lows of the recording process?

There were no lows to be honest. It was a complete joy recording this record with the wonderful musicians and producer I got to work with. It was really a lot of fun! I loved every single moment of it!

3. If you could co-write a song with any artist, who would it be, and why?

I would love to co-write a tune with Jack White. He's done some great work with Loretta Lynn and Wanda Jackson. I think it would be so neat to see what we could come up with together.

4. Describe the music scene in Toronto. Where do you fit in as an artist?

Toronto's got a pretty good music scene. Lots of people making great music, and lots of diversity. But in all honesty, I'd say Toronto is a really tough place to make a name for yourself...or maybe it's just the case for me because of the type of music I make. I feel like I always have to work extra hard in this city. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing. I think struggle lends itself to learning great lessons. As to where I fit...still trying to figure that out...still finding my place. I've always been a bit of a round peg in a square hole.

5. Finally, what was the last great concert you went to as a fan, and what did you take away from it?

One of my favourite concerts I've been to was Band of Skulls at the Mod Club in Toronto. They just blew me away. Great songs, great stage presence...and the stage lighting was phenomenal.  It inspired me to want to put on a great show with my own thing. People go to see concerts and shows for a reason...if they wanted to just hear the record as is, they would sit at home and listen to it. People want to see something happening on that stage. Great performers and performances by others have taught me the importance of putting on a show.

Lindi Ortega - Little Lie from Last Gang Records on Vimeo.

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