Exclusive Interview with Crimson Calamity
Why country music ?
~ Lauren: As individual artists we have both released indie pop records but we have both always been drawn to the honesty of country music songwriting. There is an organic element to the production that we find is missing in pop these days and that is what speaks to us about Americana/country music... real instruments, strong melodies and vocals. There is a timelessness to it.
Mallory: And we are fascinated with the wild west!
If everything would be possible (waking the dead included) , which two people should sing the ultimate country duet?
~ Mallory: Hank Williams and Brandi Carlile would be amazing!
Lauren: Chris Stapleton and Dolly would kill it! That pretty much needs to happen.
What song you ever recorded means the most to you and why?
~ Lauren: We have a couple of new ones that mean a whole lot to us but, of the songs we have recorded 'Line em Up & Shoot em Down' means a lot to us because it was the catalyst for us creating Crimson Calamity.
Mallory: Sonically, 'Dead Man's Hand' really solidified our sound, but yes 'Line em Up' is probably the most significant.
Who would you like to write a song for you?
~ Lauren: We write our own music but there are definitely several people we would be honored to write with... Chris Stapleton of course, Tim Hanseroth, Brandy Clark, Joy Williams... we could go on and on.
Mallory: Randy Rogers would be cool to write with, Ryan Tedder too! We are loving Maren Morris right now and her songwriting really speaks to us.
Whisky wine beer or ...?
~ Lauren and Mallory: Yes.
Give us one country song you never want to hear on radio anymore and tell us why.
~ Mallory: We are more than a little over the "songs about trucks" trend... there are too many to pick one.
What is the question interviewers never seem to ask you and...you wish they would? (Please provide your answer as well.)
~ Lauren: I don't know if we never get asked this but "What does the rest of 2016 look like for Crimson Calamity so far?" We are about to make the move from LA to Nashville this June and we'll be touring our way there with our good friend Lyndzie Taylor. We will also be starting a Pledge Music campaign on May 1st for our new EP! We will be getting back in the studio this summer with producer Jeff Zacharski of Jenga Productions who also produced our first EP 'All In The Cards' . We hope to continue to write, tour and just play as many shows as we can.
Mallory: Also - Would you like a lifetime supply of coffee and chocolate? Yes please.
Describe the ultimate recording studio (not the technique but the facilities)
~ Mallory: A perfectly treated live room dedicated to drums, keys, vocals, guitars and accessories.
Lauren: Vibe is also important for creative stimulation... We got to check out Studio A in Historic RCA on Music Row last time we were in Nashville and that would be a dream come true to record there.
Johnny or June ?
~ Lauren: Why do we have to choose haha? I guess if I had to I would say Johnny... just because I gravitate toward listening to him more than June.
Mallory: But June wrote Ring of Fire... I can't choose, that's just mean.
Are you still nervous before going on stage and if so, do you use any "rituals" to calm you nerves.
~ Lauren: We aren't normally nervous but I can imagine that playing somewhere like The Opry or the Ryman would have us shakin' in our boots a bit haha!
What was the most memorable day in your musical career and tell us why.
~ Mallory: We hope that we have many more memorable days to come but so far, the first day we got into the studio to record our debut EP 'All In The Cards' was pretty amazing. We recorded mostly live and organically, so when we heard everything coming together, our hearts just exploded with excitement.
Lauren: We knew we had something special on our hands.
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Answers given on April 20, 2016