SMC Interview | Lia Cole Artist of the Month April 2017
By Candice Anne Marshall
SMC – Hello Lia! We are thrilled to host you as our Official Artist of the Month winner on our site! Where were you when you first heard you had won the competition?
LC – Thank you, I am so excited to be a part of this!! I am so thankful for the support I got from my fans. I was at school when I found out and was so excited I could barley focus 😉
SMC – Can you tell us what your thoughts are on being in the running now for Artist of the Year in June 2017?
LC – Having the opportunity to work with ArtistMax, Ken Caillat from Fleetwood Mac and his daughter, Grammy Award Winning Colbie Caillat would be such a dream come true. Thank you for this cool opportunity to work towards artist of the year.
SMC – What are your thoughts on your close call with Soap Box Duo (Also from Edmonton)?
LC – They are incredible musicians and it was an honor to be in the running with them!
SMC – We have interviewed you last year when you released your single ‘You Lost Me’ and since, so much has happened for you in your music career! Can you tell us about your accomplishments since October 2016?
LC – It’s only been a few months but I’ve been really focused on building my fan base on social media and planning some exciting shows for the year. I also did a really cool showcase at the Needle with Paul Woida. We premiered our mashup video, and thanks to all my fans and friends, my videos have gotten over 200,000 online views since October!
SMC – We saw that you are also doing some amazing work with a few others in the industry such as Paul Woida and Toxsic. Can you tell us about those projects?
LC – I love collaborations. Edmonton has so many talented artist and any chance I get to work with them is an incredible opportunity. I worked with Toxsic over a year ago with one of the songs “Lucky’ off my first Ep produced by Hands Up music. Dan Davidson, Kayla Patrick, Toxic and I co wrote the song as part of a really cool song-writing workshop at The Audio Department. It was such a cool experience and I learned so much from all of them! Paul Woida so inspiring and one of the nicest guys you will ever meet.
SMC – You and Paul (Woida) seem to have such a magical music connection, can you tell us if you will be working on more future duets with him?
LC – Paul is honestly like my big bro!! I look up to him a lot and I learn so much from him. I co-write with him as often as I can.
SMC – What are your biggest goals for your music career?
LC – My biggest goal would be selling out Madison Square Garden. But right now, I am focused on building my fan base, creating the best show possible and writing music that means something to me. I want to be able to connect with my fans, and I believe that connecting with my own lyrics and focusing on my music is the best way I can do that.
SMC – Can you define what success means to you in terms of your career?
LC – For me success is being able to do what I love everyday of my life. Music is in my blood and if I can be able to play music everyday, touch people’s hearts with my songs and make a living… that is true success for me.
SMC – We have seen that you play acoustic guitar in some of your Facebook Live videos. Have you always created your new music on the guitar or is there any other instruments that you play?
LC – When I write, I start with the guitar. Once I find a chord progression I like I will start coming up with lyrics. I mainly stick to my guitar but I also move to the piano if I’m looking for a different vibe! I dabble on the drums a little bit as well, just enough to do a sick drum solo in my Madison Square Garden concert!
SMC – What are your thoughts on being in the running for Artist of the Year with only one other female?
LC – Girl Power! To be honest it I don’t even really think about that, I think great music is great music and I’m just happy for the opportunity to be in that mix of talented artists.
SMC – What do you feel is the benefit that Artists receive when they run for competitions like our Artist of the Month?
LC – I think that artists work very hard to do what they love, and to be acknowledged for that is an incredible feeling. It’s important to me as well to expand my audience base and get my music out to as many new people as possible. Artist of the Month has been an incredible platform for doing that, so thank you once again.
SMC – What is your favorite song off your EP?
LC – What Does She Do! It is so fun to perform and the lyrics really hit home. I love when silly boys give me great reasons to write great songs 🙂
SMC – Can you tell us what kind of feedback you have received when your EP launched in terms of your peers, music industry in general and your fans?
LC – There was so much positive feedback, from St. Albert all the way out to Nashville. Of course, a lot of my fans and friends were curious about the name change from my real name to my stage name, Lia Cole, but at the end of the day, they realize that’s it’s still just me, doing my thing and making the best music I can. And now that they’re used to it, they LOVE the new stage name.
SMC – What is your favorite venue to perform at in Edmonton?
LC – I absolutely love the Needle!! They’ve been so supportive of my showcases and music video shoots, and super easy to work with. Plus, the food is amazing! I love the atmosphere in there and everyone is there for the love of music. I also love turning different type of venues into really cool showcase opportunities, places where you might not necessarily think you would see a live show there. I’m planning something like this for my summer showcase, you’ll have to stay tuned to find out more about that!
SMC – What has been the Radio response to your music? Have you already been granted Radio Play?
LC – I’ve been focused on online releases. I want to be able to release music and videos to my fans as much as possible, and social media has been such an awesome medium for doing that. Once my new record is produced this year, I’ll be looking a bit harder at marketing grants so I can really focus on radio tracking properly. I want to make sure I’m taking the right steps, at the right time.
SMC – Who is responsible for the production of the music videos you have created? They are brilliant!
LC – I work with PlanIt Sound! They are a local marketing agency helping me with my overall branding and creative direction as an artist. They specialize in audio branding and high quality video production, and the videos they’ve produced for me have been getting so much traction and great feedback online. I love working with them, it is so much fun.
SMC – What is the biggest compliment you have been given in terms of your music or performances?
LC – When I was in Nashville I had the opportunity to meet and sing for the head publisher at Universal Music. She told me that I have what it takes to make it. That was one of the most exciting moments of my life!
SMC – Do you have any tours lined up for 2017?
LC – I’ll be headlining my own summer showcase with special guests in August. We’ve also got a huge concert announcement and even bigger tour announcement coming very soon 🙂
SMC – What has the family support been like for your career so far?
LC – They have always been there for me since day one and I am so thankful for them and everything they do for me! Sometimes when we’re sitting at home, they don’t care to hear my new songs because they hear me sing ALL THE TIME in the house. I have to remind myself when that happens that they might not want to hear me sing every second of the day, but only my family will be there for me at the beginning of the show, and the end of the show, helping me setup and tear down. I can count on them no matter what happens, and that means everything to me.
SMC – Have you had any negative experiences with the Music Industry at all?
LC – No negative experiences at all from the music industry, but there are always “negative nellies” on social media. I just feel like when you do something worth looking at, you’re gonna have people saying negative things. So, I’m proud to say that yes, I have had a few negative comments on social media already!
SMC – What have been the most positive experiences with the music industry to date?
LC – The most positive one would have been meeting the head publisher at Universal Music! She gave me amazing feed back and really made me feel like if I work hard enough I can achieve anything!
SMC – In terms of media platforms, which ones would you like to give a shout out to for supporting your music?
LC – CTV, Global, CITY TV, CJSR, Nait Radio, Dinner Television, St. Albert Gazette and of course Starlight Music Chronicles 😉
SMC – Are there any organizations or charities you have plans to work with in the near future?
LC – I wrote and performed the theme song for the Glenrose’s Courage Gala campaign video again this year, and will be performing for their 800-guest sold out crowd on April 21. I’ve also been a top 5 artists for the My United Way Voice contest, a singing competition that helps fight poverty in our region, and I plan to submit for this year again as well.
SMC – We LOVE your new EP – which is your favorite song on it and why?
LC – What Does She Do – see above answer
SMC – What do you hope to inspire the next generation of Musicians/Artists with through your Music Journey?
LC – I just want them to know that if music is their passion then never stop. Follow your heart and work hard! Anything is possible. Dream big, and be anything you want to be 😉
SMC – We are affiliated (Media Ambassadors) for ArtistMax in Los Angeles. Have you had a chance to check out what that is all about yet? Our winning Artist of the Year will be awarded with a VIP Scholarship to the organizations three-day weekend which is a mentorship program hosted by award winning Producer Ken Caillat (Fleetwood Mac), and his daughter, Grammy Award WINNING Colbie Caillat.
LC – Yes! It would be a dream come true to have an opportunity like this, and I’m so excited and grateful. Thank you!
SMC – Final Question: Do you feel you are at an advantage winning AOM so close to our Artist of the Year event in June? If so, why?
LC – I hope so, I’ll take any advantage I can get! It might be an advantage to be top of mind so close to the June event, but I think it will come down to great music and who’s fans step up to the plate to support. At the end of the day, I’m honoured to be in the mix of these talented artists.
SMC – Thank you Lia! We look forward to seeing you in the running for our Artist of the Year competition I June 2017!
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