Here’s an interesting interview with singer-songwriter Avery Raquel, regarding her most recent Billboard chart success. Of course, I’m talking about “Pieces”, which got an amazing remix treatment from Stonebridge & Damien Hall. You can read the full interview below and discover a music star in the making!
1 – First of all, did you expect it to enter the Billboard Club Music Chart?
I try my best to go into projects with no expectations at all. I never want to get my hopes up. But that made the charting position even more exciting! I’m sitting at 30 right now, from 50, in just six weeks, which I am pretty proud of.
2 – What music elements do you like the most on this Stonebridge & Damien Hall remix?
I honestly didn’t know what to expect from these remixes, sound-wise. They’re all very different from the original, so it was definitely strange to adjust. But I really enjoy how they stayed true to the song, yet made it their own. The StoneBridge mix uses a lot of the original elements, like the horns and melody. Since its a dance mix, its primarily electronic which was interesting to hear on a song that was recorded with only live instruments.
3 – How did this remix collaboration come about?
It was my producer’s (Greg Kavanagh) idea. I didn’t think I was ready to hear my music presented so differently but after noticing so many other artists coming out with remixes to expose their music to a wider audience, I thought, why not?
Greg sent a couple of tracks to StoneBridge, who has multiple Billboard hits with artists like P!nk and Ariana Grande, and ”Pieces” caught his attention.
I am so happy with how his remix – and all the remixes! – turned out and how well they’re doing with radio and club DJs.
Very positive. Everyone seems to be very open to hearing these re-imagined versions. The support is comforting! And I’ve reached a new set of fans now as well!
5 – As a contemporary soul singer are you planning to explore more EDM rhythms in the near future?
The music that I write is, and probably always will, Contemporary Soul / R&B. I’m certainly leaning more towards mainstream these days, so I think there is a possibility for more remix projects in the future.
6 – What about taking a completely new music direction? Would it be too risky?
I don’t think there is anything wrong with taking a new music direction, but personally I believe it should be gradual. For example, it might be risky if a country artist switched to Jazz. The fans may get confused and move on. Certainly, some artists have been very successful in making the switch. I myself moved from Jazz and Blues to R&B / Soul and am now leaning more towards Pop.
Though the music industry today focuses a lot on genre, I think the music should stand on its own. I think an artist must stay true to who they are, and never stop paying attention to the audience. Appealing to the audience is very important.
I was so lucky to have them apart of this project, and they have been nothing but supportive! There is honestly so many great EDM producers and DJ’s that would be great to work with, like Calvin Harris, David Guetta, Dave Audé. The list goes on!
8 – What message do you want listeners to get from your song “Pieces”?
The emotion for this song came from being at the end of a relationship that had gone bad. I think the main message is that if you feel the need to remind yourself to be happy, then the relationship is toxic.
Like I say in chorus, “sometimes the pieces just aren’t always meant to fit.” – Two people, though maybe still in love, may not be right for each other, and that’s okay. I feel each partner in every relationship requires a certain amount of self-respect. Know when to back down, because sometimes it’s not you, it’s them.
9 – Is your ultimate goal as an artist climbing daily on the music charts?
Personally, I think climbing the charts is great. It means you are receiving some form of recognition for your work, but my main goal is to really make good music that connects to people, makes them feel and respond. I know that if I’ve touched at least one person emotionally with my music, then I’ve done a great job! That’s more rewarding to me.
10 – Any news or announcements we can look forward to?
I’m writing a lot more, and plan to release new music soon. Not sure if it will be a full album. I’m thinking maybe release a few singles? I currently have 4-5 songs in the bag. I would also like to perform more! I’m planning some small tours in Canada and the United States for Spring and Summer 2020.