Allie Persinger is a 22 year old singer/songwriter who recently moved to Los Angeles after growing up in Ohio, to pursue her music career. She is currently working on a new EP, starting monthly events in downtown LA and expanding her music career. She’s already had radio success, after being highlighted on over 50 radio stations across the country. She plans on playing festivals and events around San Francisco and San Diego in the near future. Her voice is absolutely amazing. & She has this extremely contagious ‘never give up’ attitude! This girl is going places!
I asked Allie a little more about how she got started in music, where she gets her inspiration, what her future plans are and what advice she would give to musicians who are just starting out! Here’s what she had to say:
BLD Music Quest: How did your music career begin?
Allie: In my senior year of college, I joined a cover band based in Dayton, OH to earn some extra money. It was a cover band that had been together for at least a decade so all of the guys in the band were a lot older. It was like I had 5 new fathers. After a month of singing with them the keyboardist asked if I would lay down some vocal tracks as demos for some of his original songs. I agreed and afterwards I showed him some of my original music. Eventually we starting co-writing songs, put together an album, got on iTunes, and then I turned down a career on Capitol Hill to pursue music and moved to Los Angeles. I had always sang and been known as “a singer” but it wasn’t until an accomplished musician took interest in me and had faith in my abilities that I actually committed to it. I had been running away from a career in entertainment and music for a while, because it can be so unstable but after someone believes in you as much as you believe in yourself, you just have to jump in and go!
BLD Music Quest: One of the first things I noticed was you have an amazing voice. Did you have any type of singing lessons?
Allie: Ah, I took some. They all seemed to be trying to train me for Broadway. I was constantly singing show tunes and learning “proper singing form” in my lessons but was severely uninterested in that. It’s not an art if you have to be trained. I was on a music scholarship at my university and one of the requirements was that I had to take voice lessons. My voice teacher hated me because I wouldn’t sing the way she wanted me to. I would add my own stylistics and sang in a very sultry way. She told me once, “You cannot sing like that. You’re not a lounge singer.” My primary income in Los Angeles this summer was made off having my own weekly show in a lounge at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Coincidence? Turns out I was practicing becoming a lounge singer…haha
BLD Music Quest: Where do you get your inspiration for new music?
Allie: Most of my music, and all of my best pieces, were written based off my own life and how I was feeling. My material is very, very personal. I have a friend that looks at situations and people around him and grabs ideas from that. I don’t write well that way. If I am hit with lots of feeling from a particular person or a life circumstance, out comes a song. Last summer, I went to Maui with my family and had a fling the last few days I was there. On the last night, I wrote an entire song start to finish, based off of that fling, and never changed a word, the structure or the melody. It came out perfectly. When I feel strongly, an entire song will just appear. I almost hate dating or having my band learn new music because then they know exactly what’s going on in my head and how I’m feeling. It’s hard to play those little love games when it’s all out there just like that. A lot of times, little hooks or choruses will come up mid-day or right before I go to sleep so I have all of these little song ideas written in the yellow notebook. I hope I hang on to that notebook for a while.
BLD Music Quest: What plans do you have for your music for the rest of 2011?
Allie: I have an album done that’s very “country” or “americana” but at the moment, that’s not my style. So, I’m finishing an EP and putting the material on a vinyl, I’m in the process of putting together an entire band–right now I’m missing a bassist and I need a permanent drummer. I’m going to play at more music festivals on the west coast and I want to do weekend tours in San Diego and San Francisco. I’m in the middle of writing a pop song that I’m hoping to sell to fund MY music. If I could sell it, that would be a major, major accomplishment. A career in music is so unpredictable and you never know what’s around the corner. So, anything could happen at any point–that’s the rush. I just want to perform as much as possible and take hold of the good opportunities that come my way.
BLD Music Quest: Can you tell us more about the monthly events you’ll be doing in downtown LA?
Allie: YES! Now, I am a businesswoman when it comes down to it. So I figured since there is no “regular” party in downtown (well, besides Mustache Mondays) that I would start one. It’s called “Detention: Where the Bad Kids Get Worse”. The first one is on September 15th but we will have them every month. A big group of us are throwing it, we’re booking local, popular bands for the event so it’ll all be live music. The decorating is going to be outrageous and we’ll pack the spot with tons of just really absurd stuff. I want the space itself to be amusing. But the purpose is to promote the music, the bands, and for it to be a party. There is no cover because no one is wanting to make money from it. We’re literally in it for the fun. So, September 15th, 9pm, Mezz Bar, Downtown. BOOM!
BLD Music Quest: What advice would you give to musicians just starting out in their careers?
Allie: I’ve only be really going for it for under a year and here’s what I’ve learned. You have to be ruthless. Push your way into things and let people know what you do. Don’t be shy or humble about it- tell them! Also, make as many friends as possible and support them in their endeavors. Be sincere in your friendships and soon you’ll have tons of fans. Be yourself and write music/look the way you’ve always imagined. Don’t let someone tell you what is “hot” at the moment or what you should wear/how you should do your hair ect. I used to have this manager in NYC and that’s all it was. It was awful. We stopped working together because he was asking for “dirty pictures.” It was unbelievable. Get creative about how you’re going to make money off of music and how you’re going to get “known”. You are a business, so you have to treat your music and your image as one. Take all of your good, interesting qualities and make them more extravagant. Finally, never ever stop. Ever. Even when you’ve reached a dead end and you feel like you’re life sucks, another and better opportunity will present itself.
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