EXCLUSIVE Interview: Introducing the Beautiful - Lindsay Vinarsky
You are a mixture of Russian, Swedish, German, Romanian and a bit Polish. Have you utilized any of your roots to influence your music?
Unfortunately, No I have not but I once ate at a Lithuanian restaurant and they were playing some awesome dance- like music... I asked the waitress what it was she told me it was Romanian. I then insisted that she write down the name and where I could download it. It was such a cool sound. I plan on traveling there once I get the money to do so.
You're currently 20 years old ... with your busy schedule do you have any time to go out with friends ... or are you cooped up inside the studio all day/night?
Answer: Well it really depends. One month I will literally be writing/recording every single day sometimes double sessions and Hope for a cancelled session just to catch up on errands and sleep, but then there will be another month where I will get sick and be forced to take time to myself or sessions will be rescheduled. On average I'd say I see friends three times a month. I love my friends, but this is what I really want to do so it takes priority in my life.
While you are writing a new song what are some of the thoughts that pass through your mind? Take us into your creative world...(do you put yourself within the person's shoes? are they made-up scenarios? real-life experience?)
The first song I ever composed was when I was 10 and a half after my beloved cat passed away. It was on the piano. So it started off as writing about my personal experiences, but then inspiration came at me from all angles. I'd watch a great movie and get an idea. I would hear a song and then be inspired. I would study the dictionary and find a cool word that would give me a great concept idea. I would see one of my friends or family members go through something and I'd need to write a song about it for them to relate or cry too. A lot of the songs and topics I've written I'd never been through before... and then a year or two later I would go through it and I'd have something to relate too. Very cool.. almost eery sometimes. So yes, I very much so put myself in other people's shoes and I also make up scenarios and I also write about my life as well. I tend to be most inspired when I'm sad... a very poetic side of me comes out.
How was it working with MdL. He's another talented young person that is blowing up within the industry!
MdL and I are very close in age. It's always super great to work with someone young like me who is SUPER talented, and mature despite how old they are. Right from the start MdL and I have been great friends and connected in a very divine way musically. He's extremely talented and definitely in my "top 5 producer list" of all the people I have ever worked with. If you could get in with him, it's an honor and don't miss the opportunity. He's absolutely wonderful.
"Don't Wait" and "Starting Over" are both very powerful tracks! How did these tracks come about?
The way "Don't Wait" happened was extremely natural. Keith Varon and I sat down and he was jamming on the keys. I would hum melodies and then we got to talking about relationships and how even if you love someone, that doesn't mean that you are "IN" love with them. I was so inspired while writing "Don't Wait" because I had recently broken up with my boyfriend back home (Illinois). He was very much so In love with me. Everybody always talks about how bad it hurts when someone leaves you, but what about the person that's leaving? What about what they're feeling?
My boyfriend and I were together for a year and a half and I cared for him a lot but when he'd ask me "Are you in love with me?" I told him the truth " I don't think so, but that doesn't mean I don't care for you greatly and unconditionally"... I saw how Bad this hurt his feelings and I was looked at by some as "Insensitive". The thought of seeing him with someone else was horrible for me because I definitely had romantic feelings for him, but I knew he deserved to be loved in a greater capacity. What people didn't realize was how sensitive I really am. I wanted him to find someone who loved him just as much as he loved me. I felt horribly guilty I couldn't be the one to reciprocate those feeling... and it was really hard to let go but I did it for him and myself. Why string someone around like that unless you truly Don't Care? Love isn't selfish like that. So it's a very sad, but Powerful song. It is being strongly considered for the single on my Album. Keith Varon originally produced it and then I had MdL Re-produce it, but still using a lot of the same elements in Keith's version. And then I had it mixed by John Vanest.
I wrote "Starting Over" recently after I moved to California from Illinois to enhance and expand my musical capabilities (about 6 months ago). I composed that song in its entirety by myself on the piano before I had it produced by MdL and Darrell Peart. I met this guy I was extremely fond of and we both had just gotten out of relationships, a few months prior. We expressed the faults, failures, and flaws in our past relationships, and strategized how to disallow those things to ever repeat themselves in our relationship. So a lot of the song was based off of that and about moving somewhere new; starting fresh.
"Don't Wait" was declared the "Best Songs Of The Month" on songwriteruniverse.com
Thank you :) I thought it was extremely cool because it meant a lot of people were going to hear that song and hopefully love it. I was very flattered and appreciative of the fact that my song was titled "Best song of the Month". Super Sweet
Writing is one thing.. but you're also getting into the performing and singing aspect of entertainment. How have you balanced those two roles out?
Well, it's great to be a writer who can also sing. I don't have to pay any one to demo my songs so that is pretty convenient. I don't perform nearly as much as I write because I'm always swamped with writing sessions.. I don't usually have much time. As of right now I try to get in two performances a month if I can.
What do you like better? Singing and Performing... or Writing?
I am all inclusive when it comes to music. I don't like one more than the other, but I do write more than I sing... only because writing is sometimes more time consuming, but I'm a fast writer so not by much. I love them both equally.
We've noticed that you work with a plethora of young talented people (Dylan Lloyd, Keith Varon, MdL, Aimee Proal). Is there a reason behind this? (Do you connect with younger people better? can you relate to their style of music more? are you all a big group of friends?)
No reason behind it at all because majority of the people I work with are actually much older. Age is never an attribute as to why I connect with someone musically. I connect with whoever really inspires me. Dylan Lloyd and I have dated and he's signed to the same Publishing company as I am, Keith Varon is also signed to Radar Music Publishing (Jon Stone's pub co.) My father Craig Vinarsky manages Keith Varon, Dylan Lloyd and I. MdL I met when I was meeting with The Jackie Boyz and their Manager. I would say yes, most of the young people I work with are friends. We support each other, work together, and try to make it to some of each other's shows :)