Artist Spotlight on the Lesa Silvermore Band

1. Who are you as an artist?

I am a musician! Music is my art. 

2. What makes your music worth it? To the world? To your fans?

Music is great because not only does it help me express myself and what I may be feeling but I can reach out to friends, family and most importantly complete strangers. People come together at a gig to hear music, they enter as strangers but they leave as friends. That's what I adore so much about music. It brings everyone together; all ages, all races, everyone. 

3. What makes you different from all the artists out there? Come on brag a bit..

I'm not sure I have anything to brag about honestly. I love my local art community. I worked hard to be apart of the music scene here just like everyone else has. Nothing I have accomplished was easy in any way and I still have a lot to learn and improve on. I am just glad that people believe in what I do and support my music. 

4. How did you get into your music?

Well it's a long story but I'll give the short version. I use to write poetry in middle school, like all cool kids did and a couple friends of mine wanted to start an all girl rock band and they asked if I wanted to join. I didn't know how to play any instrument but I picked up a bass guitar and one of the girls would sing lyrics that I would write. If you would have told me back then that one day I will have my own band and I would be singing my own songs...I would have laughed...and then hid behind my hair. 

5. What is the notorious thing you can say about your music that you never knew before getting into the industry?

Having a big amp doesn't make you cool.

Seriously...found that out the hard way. I went and bought a Marshall halfstack for my fender guitar when I was in my pop-punk band. I was convinced that would take me to the top, like instant amazing musician! Well it didn't. I still sucked at playing guitar and that just enhanced it more so everyone in the venue would know. Now I'll settle for the little orange amp, that right there is a beauty. 

6. What’s your Poison?

My poison? Hmm…this could mean so many things. Poison like something bad for me would be my lack of sleep, that can hinder on dangerous levels sometimes but poison like my weapon would be my discipline. I have a problem with giving up on anything. I will keep going and going even if I have been dragged through mud and all other terrible terrains. 

7. How is your music “your religion”?

Music is the only thing that will make sense to me when everything else doesn’t.

8. What are you truly creating with your music/art that changes the world, changes society?

Hope. 

And what I mean by that is I hope my music and my story will inspire others to fight for what they want to succeed in life. I didn’t always have support. I wasn’t well liked. I isolated myself as a kid, I was bullied, I was laughed at…Hell I had teachers tell me I would never become anything. You know what I did, I kept going. I didn’t let them define who I was. I knew who I was and that was music, so if I walked away from music then I walk away from myself. I want to spread hope to other people who felt or were told to be something they weren’t. I want people to be true to themselves.

 9. What is the message of your art?

I feel like my music is the journey of personal endeavors. For instance my new album takes you through ups and downs of my personal life; self-reflections, bad days, grand adventures and finding meaning in oneself. 

10. Have you been “lucky” or “gifted” in the arts so far? Tell us more:

Lucky? Depends on your view of luck. Gifted? I think I was gifted with the ability to write honestly. Sometimes that is a great thing and sometimes it can be a pain when you want to write an awesome metaphorically driven song…. 

11. What do you think it takes to make it in the music industry?

What it takes to make it and what you want to do in the music industry can mean two separate things. I don’t want to be the new “Haley Williams” or the new “Avril Lavigne” I want to be the one and only Lesa Silvermore. Be original, be fresh and be raw talent. That’s what I think takes to make it in any industry. 

12. What do you regret the most in your art?

Not being more prepared. I always feel like I am playing catch up but I guess that’s natural. 

13. Where do you see your career going in five years?

I’ll have my debut album out and who knows maybe another one. I’ll be on the road with my band playing shows and living out of a stinky van surviving off french fries and pretzels. 

14. Who is the perfect artist you would love to perform with? 

There is a tie. It’s between Vance Joy and Joan Jett. Part of me is terrified to meet my idol, Joan Jett because you should never put someone on a pedestal especially someone you don’t know and of course I did that with her my entire childhood. Vance Joy, man I just want to eat pizza with that guy and play ukulele together. 

15. Legacy: At the end of the day, how do you want your fans to remember you and your music? 

I want them to remember me as the girl who never gave up and not because I needed to prove to the people who didn’t believe in me but to the people who did believe. Those people make every bad day worth it. I make music not just for myself but for you too. 

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