A frequent staple of the sadly defunct venue The Safe, Lowell-based Between Dreams‘ sound is an amalgamation of familiar blues, retro 50s, and torch song staples merged into a uniquely enigmatic style of indie folk. At any given point her music brings to mind the sounds of Regina Spektor, Amy Winehouse, Kate Bush, and even breakbeat ingenue Poe all at once with little effort. It’s in this spirit of exploration that we once again offer up…
5 QUESTIONS FOR BETWEEN DREAMS
1. What’s the last GREAT album you’ve recently listened to?
Shiver by Jónsi hands down. It’s such an ethereal experience and the whole album is incredible. Jónsi (of Sigur Ros) still takes 10 years to make and release an album. That’s a lost art. Albums used to take 4-10 years to be written and whole concepts were created with tracks phenomenally intertwined—all were top notch from start to finish. Now the industry has this silly one-album-every-year demand, and I think a great deal of quality is lost in that high demand. I believe it’s important to give tracks, EPs, and albums the time they truly deserve to create something you’re so incredibly proud of.
It took much longer than I wanted to release my new single “Warrior”, but a dear friend and fellow artist Jaycab, ensured me all will come together in its right time. He encouraged me not to feel bad or rushed and to truly take the time to make it the best it could be. I am so grateful; The timing ended up being perfect and I am so proud of how it blossomed.
2. What band or artist would you most like to share a bill or collaborate with?
Two of my biggest goals and dreams in life are to sing with Lady Gaga and to work with Mark Ronson. Lady Gaga is a huge inspiration and influence in so many ways! Mark Ronson is so extremely talented and totally gets my desired style and vibe of bringing the old bluesy-funk-soul into the new with pop, hip hop & reggae beats (similar to Amy Winehouse). All the brass and big band yessss! A girl can dream!!
Locally, I would love to work with extraordinary Hip Hop artist and activist, Jazzmyn Red. We met at an open mic and had talks of starting a girl group & I’d love to get together one day because that would be badass!
I would love to create some magic with my girl Hennessy in LA – her talent is surpassed only by her heart. She’s a beautiful soul and I would love to manifest some majestic music with her.
I also would love to collaborate with Steve Aliperta (Kennedy Studios) of amazing groups like Life on Hold, The Color and Sound, and so many more. His genius is absolutely mind blowing & I am forever fan-girling.
3. What passions and hobbies do you follow outside of music?
I am a Jill of all Trades & master of none. I love to try and do all sorts of things but I think my favorite is being a professional mermaid. It honestly tickles me that we get to live a childhood dream of being a mermaid and spark that dream in the eyes of kids and adults alike. It’s the cutest thing ever when a kid is mystified by me in a tail and the concept that mermaids are real! It’s also amazing to share this with adults and inspire them to live their dreams too. That’s really it for me, inspiring others to live their dreams. It might sound cheesy, but I’ve spent most of my life and much of my work helping people find and explore their passions. Its the best!
4. What’s the one thing about the music scene as a whole you’d like to change?
Wow. Uhm…I guess in the time of Covid this is a loaded question. I obviously wish we could get back to live music and getting lost in shows. I guess I wish the scene was like it used to be when I was growing up. There were lots of shows in Elk’s Lodges and VFWs and small venues where so many of us would show up just to feel something. To escape, to forget about the world, to sing the lyrics on stage with your favorite band, all the after-parties & the nights that turned into mornings. My god it was glorious. The long term friends I made, crews and community that we had simply because we all loved the same bands.
I feel like those small shows and that type of support and connections are few and far between. Support became so conditional as we got older. People don’t go to shows and take chances on artists like they used to (and that’s before covid). I suppose it’s cool that shows can be virtual and more accessible. Unfortunately, the accessibility doesn’t necessarily result in more support.
I especially miss being in a crowd, shutting my eyes, and thinking about nothing other than the music and the vibe around me. Completely escaping in the music, completely present in the moment, completely at peace in the scene. Glorious I tell you, glorious.
5. What advice would you give other artists or artists who are just coming up in music? (This question comes from the previous 5 Questions interview Justin Oliver)
Success and “making it” is defined by you, and you only. Success in the music business for some may mean national/international recognition, big tours, signed to a big label etc.
Making it to me means playing shows with and for my friends at dope venues like on the Rock Cellar Magazine stage at NAMM and at notorious Hollywood clubs like the Viper Room. It’s also recording/making my music with who and the way I want to. I spent years searching for the right person to work with and to entrust my music to. Oh, I found Waldo! Fernando Perdomo is insanely talented and has genuine interest in and enthusiasm for my music (rather than what I look like). That is extremely important to me. I’ve had plenty of people offer to record my music for free, but I don’t want what free pays for. All of my songs are about real people and real experiences, there isn’t one song I would sacrifice to the potential poor quality that comes with being “free”.
When I really think about “making it” though, it’s not at a huge show with thousands of people, it’s at this tiny lil dive bar called Voices in Lowell. It was my first show with a band and we played a metal show. Y’all who know my music, know it’s the furthest thing from metal, but everyone loved it! The most important moment to me though, is when an older woman came up to me with tears in her eyes and said “thank you…. thank you so much… I’ve been going through a very difficult time and your music really helped me.. so thank you so much”
That. That right there. I will never forget that. I’ve been that person with tears in my eyes telling a band how much their music helped me or that it saved my life. That’s honestly it for me, that’s making it to me, helping and healing through my music. Also when a fan got my lyrics, in my handwriting, tattooed on their body… mind blowing. This song in particular, was written about my late dear friend, Steve Gutowski. Steve believed he was put on this earth to make people smile, and would receive a simple thank you, from their smile. He was taken from us too soon while fighting over seas. It’s such an incredible honor and I’m blessed that someone feels these lyrics so deeply, they were moved to get them permanently on their body. Wow.
All this to say: decide what you want and what matters to you and go after it. Define your own success. Manifest your greatest dreams.
Between Dreams’ latest EP Dreamer was released earlier this month and is available to purchase via her BandCamp page, and can be found on all major streaming services.