Female bass player and vocalist
Style: Indie rock/with a R&B twist.
Current Base: Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Connect: with her on facebook and reverbnation.com/joieflare.
I met Joie Flare back in 2009 while in Las Vegas and quickly fell in love with her beautiful sound. Her vocals appeal to me like a raw, sweet yet light timbre with a little tinge of huskiness to complete it. Imagine listening to such a beautiful sound paired with some thought-provoking lyrics about life experiences and you've got Joie, the sort of musician who's pieces I'd have on replay all day long. To top all that off, she's got personality for days, the refreshing sort too. See for yourself below!
Ms Rexti: All right, let’s get this party started. First of all, what did you do today?
Joie Flare: Hahaha…
Joie Flare: … What did I do? I like um, I juiced (Spinach, pear, banana, a lime) what else? ..Oh and also some oranges. And what else did I do, oh I practiced some base today.
MRxt: Oh that’s awesome! And how did that juice taste?
JF: It was great! Pretty tasty.
MRxt: When did you discover your talent and creativity for music?
JF: My mother would say when I was like three, I’d make up songs…
MRxt: ooh nice!
JF: But umnm, I say I wrote my first song when I was about five. It was about teachers..
MRxt: Hahahaha, teachers?
JF: Hahaha, that was a funny one, it was very short and very corny, but it happened.
MRxt: Aww, that’s exciting! I love that, hahahaha. So, since you started so early, who were your musical influences at that period in time?
JF: Ah, let’s see.. Earth, Wind and Fire, um Oooh, a lot of jazz musicians so like Sade at that time, Charlie Parker – I’d always listen to my dad playing his sax, he’d always practice to Charlie Parker’s music a whole lot.
MRxt: Nice! So who are your current musical influences?
JF: Currently, I would have to say, this band called Company of Thieves who now the lead singer, Genevieve Schatz started her own project. She’s really awesome, I’d say as far as female musicians go she really inspires me and my music. Jamie Cullum also…
MRxt: ooooh Yesss, I love him! You put me on to him actually. Aww, I’m in looove with Jamie Cullum and all three of his albums I have thus far. Talk about repeat overkill on my radio play! His music just helps me to calm down and chill while reading on the train with it in my head piece or just lounging around the crib doing nothing.
JF: hahahahah… yes! I love Jamie Cullum, and honestly like outside of his music, just his whole energy, the way that he plays is really cool, like his whole youthful thing about him; he puts on a great great show! Umm let’s see another, Third Eye Blind, hahahahahah
Yes, I have so many influences, oh my goodness, with influences I feel like any artist that you devote your ears to with years of listening time would become an influence. Usually, its whoever I spend a lot of time with
MRxt: What motivates you to keep striving toward your musical career goals?
JF: Honestly, people would ask me in the past why didn’t I go to school for music—and It was like a combination of reasons, but one of it is I always knew that I would play music, like yeah I went to school for film and am I gonna make films? Yes, but I know I’m always gonna play music. …There are always other options for me to do other things, but music is one thing that I’ll always do.
MRxt: Indeed indeed. So, now what advice do you have for young people or anyone aspiring to get into a musical career path?
JF: Honestly it will sound corny, but work hard and do what you love. Recently it feels like --this is gonna sound so cliché and ridiculous…
MRxt: We embrace ridiculous here hahaha…
JF: I feel like greatness is upon me, I don’t know if that sounds ridiculous, but its like every where I’ve looked, something is telling me like... I mean this is just like day to day things. I mean here’s something my dad says, “there will always be opportunities, you just have to make sure that you’re ready for them.”
So I’d say that to anybody that’s pursuing an art form, you’ll have many opportunities, you just have to be prepared for them, by putting in your time to really work on your craft. Honestly, if you don’t work hard at something, you’re gonna always gonna be subpar. And even if subpar is better for some people, I feel like you should get better for yourself.
MRxt: Well said, thank you for that. I believe you made such significant points and people will gain something from your advice.
MRxt: Now, Let’s talk fashion. As a fashion lifestyle blogosphere, we want to learn about your take on fashion and style -- What’s your favorite color?
JF: Ooh, my favorite color is cerulean, that’s my favorite blue
MRxt: Oooh, nice. And how would you describe your personal take on fashion style currently
JF: I think that your style comes from within yourself and the type of person you are I think. So if you choose to express yourself through fashion, the type of person you are will come out. So, I’m a really lively person so I love colors and it shows through my clothes, but I have to have an edge to it though. Like I may be wearing bright colors, but something is a little edgy about the look. The same way I feel about chords that I like, I can’t write songs that are only filled with major chords. You need at least a one liner chord in the song so it has an edgy –and so my fashion sense is the same way.
MRxt: I love it! I love the way you describe your fashion style and the correlation to music.
MRxt: Alright, let’s get to some fun facts about you –I mean I totally promote traveling so I’ll insert that here of course heheh: So, If you had the chance to vacation for 3 months straight, where would you go and what would you do in all that time?
JF: Oooh, 3 months men, First of all I would hit up Zimbabwe and listen to the local music there. I mean I took this world music survey class once, and they had this we listened to from all around the world and we listened to this music from Zimbabwe that was so dope! So I was just like one day, I’m gonna hit up Zimbabwe , hang out with the people, eat their food and listen to their music. I mean, I’m not tryna be like save the world or nothing, but I’ll get involved in the community. Not necessarily be like “I’m gonna go save some Africans!” or anything like that...
MRxt: Hahahahaha! That cracked me up.. I understand, you mean in an unpretentious manner
JF: Hahahaha. Yes! –You know, I’ll just really get involved with the community. I mean if I had 3 months, I’d hit up Zimbabwe first but I think wherever I went, I would play music and do some kind of arts activities with the kids of that community. I’m just trying to keep the art alive within kids, with their ideas, so they don’t think so limited like they have to do something corporate only.
MRxt: Oooh that’s exciting, can I come too? Hahaha, I love kids! And I promote what you want to do
JF: Dude I will! It’ll be fun and you could like do some fashionista things with them hahaha.
… well, with 3 months, I’d also travel to a bunch of places. I would hit up Ireland because I have a crush on Irish boys and I love beer.
MRxt: hahaha! Awesome. So another fun question, what makes you laugh or just tickles you about life?
JF: Hahaha! I’m an easy laugh, usually the gut wrenching laughs comes from me playing around, hanging out with my friends and getting ridiculous just being ourselves.
MRxt: Hahahaha! JF: hahahaha..
MRxt: And finally, What are you most grateful for in life right now?
JF: I am just grateful for the people that I have in my life. I’ll always be grateful for the people in my life because honestly, I have the most amazing family and friends. Every time I’ve gone through any hardship or anything, the right people come along whether I know them very well or not. I couldn’t ask for more.
MRxt: Thank you for sharing of yourself with us, what a pleasure getting to know you a bit personally. I hope people get to experience this vibrant, glowing personality of yours someday and feel more connected with you as they enjoy your beautiful music sounds. I love you! And thank you for officially kicking off the music segment of this blogosphere, ow!
JF: Aww, and I love you too, thank you!