1. Why play music?
Rachael: Because it’s less tiring than sports and more fun than computer games. And in all honesty, very very addictive.
Yinky: i think playing/singing is a time when i can be the most ‘real’ and alive to myself and others. at other times i can be real but rather sedate.
2. Who are your influences?
R: Mom, for sure. Sparring with her makes me a better songwriter. She brings out the deep-set emotions that I normally wouldn’t take notice of. And courageous, honest, loving and passionate people who are nonconformists.
Y: acoustic guitarwork of shane&shane, damien rice, dave matthews; creativity/weirdness/spaciness of mute math, copeland, sigur ros, future of forestry, death cab, david crowder, radiohead and my friend mark, though (unfortunately) none of my music sounds like theirs.
3. What is success?
R: It’s knowing that your work is done, and in one way or another, big or small, someone out there is impacted by the fruit of your labour.
Y: growing in each season of your life, to who you were born to be
4. Why should people buy your music?
R: Because like us, they believe in the power of “love & water”. They are “dreamers”-in-the-making. It’ll be some time “till we come” back with another EP. They like “heart conversations”. They like “heart conversations”. And of course, they don’t wanna make a “mistake”. =)
Y: i think this album can speak to a pretty wide range of people. it addresses the common human experience. it’ll make you feel. or at the very least, make you think. lastly, it sounds good.
5. Who do you love?
R: I love people who cannot speak for themselves, like victims of human trafficking, and people who help them, like Christine Caine. I also love people who love coffee, hugs, music, and people. And of course, Yinky because she’s the most awesomest band mate I could ever ask for. Seriously, no one accommodates my hi5 habit better than she does. Plus, she is radically different. I like different.
Y: ? i love/ am inspired by passionate people who love life and dare to risk being different
6. What do you hope to achieve with your music?
R: For this particular EP, I hope to, well, awaken the dreamer that is penned up inside each individual. I believe everyone has a purpose, and when we find it and live it, that’s when life begins. In general, however, I think it’d be so great if someone could connect with our music and see things from a fresh perspective. Much of the media today generates too much junk that promotes things like promiscuity and negativity. I hope that as we choose to sing to a different tune, people will find themselves shedding the norm and singing along to the radical.
Y: influence the way people think and live- hopefully for the better
7. Who comes to your gigs?
R: We’re proud to say we have had audiences from all walks of life – naughty school kids, religious leaders (when we played at an interfaith dialogue), humanists, church-goers, expats, fellow artists, tourists, facebook pals etc. But mostly, our Forerunner friends (we first met while volunteering with them) who show up in clusters at each of our gigs.
Y: friends and unsuspecting strangers
8. What is your favorite album?
R: The indecisive person in me refuses to let me choose one.
Y: ‘beneath medicine tree’ (copeland) makes me feel like home
9. What is your favorite song?
R: “Love and water”? Kidding. I truly don’t know, but I like the honest lyrical flair of artists like Sara Groves, the allure of deep electronic sounds, the mournful voices of Rachael Yamagata, Sarah Mclachlan and Glen Hansard, and the weirdness of Sigur Ros and Radiohead.
Y: too many.. an interesting one that intrigues me to no end is ‘crimson’ by nichole nordeman, where she transforms chopin’s prelude in E minor by writing a completely new amazing song over it.. i’m ‘classically’ trained so i get big kicks out of things like that.
10. How did you get here?
R: Years of waiting, an open door, plenty of coffee, prayer and gallons of love.
Y: by way of many miracles along the way. and years and years of training, dreaming, and waiting.
Cove Red’s simply gorgeous Ep, Awaken the Dreamer is out now.