The San Diego based trio can be seen playing at their usual hot spots, Queen Bees in North Park or most recently at The House of Blues. I was recently fortunate to have the opportunity to interview Sydney and came away an even bigger fan. Her witty responses doused with a cup of humor is a sure fire way to leave you tasting for more.
Hello Sydney and thanks for doing the interview. I'm going to get the one basic and boring question out of the way. How long have you been playing music?
Sydney - Thank you Maxim. I've been in choir and singing in bands for what seems like forever now. I've been "playing" music though for about four years. I wrote mostly lyrics and melodies for my other bands, this is the first band I've actually really fully participated in.
You are always seen with your ukulele. I personally love the ukulele and have unsuccessfully tried playing on a couple of occasions. What do you like so much about it?
Sydney - Believe it or not, one of my favorite bands is All Time Low. They're super pop-punk, but I kind of grew up with them and have been so inspired by their journey. A band closer to home I really love is Little Hurricane. They're super dirty blues rock and I love them.
I will definitely have to check them out. Without a major label, are you able to live comfortably off your music? Also, how expensive is it to make an album?
Sydney - I wish I could do music 100% of the time, even though it feels like I already am making a living off music. I'm actually a full-time nanny for a family and take care of their five month old daughter. As for the cost of an album, geez, I think "The Dream Chase" cost around two thousand total. This includes studio time, production and mastering.
You live in San Diego right? What is your favorite venue to play in and what sound is most popular in San Diego?
Sydney - I do! Born and raised. The most popular type of music I would say is probably dream rock and hard core. I hear them the most these days. My favorite venue would be the House of Blues. I loved playing there! We've only played there once so far, but it was absolutely amazing! It was a dream come true and we are actually playing there next week!
Sydney - I am not really a fan of music reality shows. I honestly used to love them. I think they really take away from all the hard work that goes into being a musician. They make it look so glamorous...It's really not, ha ha! With that being said, I totally did audition for American Idol when I was twenty. I don't think I had bought my ukulele yet, and I wasn't in a band at the time. Everyone kept pressuring me to audition, so I went to Los Angeles for two days, stayed in a crappy hotel by myself, waited all day in a hot stadium and got turned away after four seconds of singing. Honestly, I was relieved it didn't work out. I was so tired by the the end and it just pushed me to work harder on my own music!
Since American Idol missed out on providing a platform for your music, can you describe your music for us?
All my lyrics are thought out and come from the depths of some very difficult and sad situations I've faced. Our music, I think is catchy and easy to sing along to. It's meant for people who don't want to give up. It's meant to inspire the Dream Chasers.
Outstanding Sydney. Your music is definitely catchy and inspiring. Now for the most important question. The Beatles or The Monkees?
Sydney - That's easy, The Beatles. P.S. I also have a really awesome Beatles record collection...all originals.
Ouch. You missed that last question Sydney. I will give you a pass since you responded later that you thought The Monkees were rad too. In all honesty, I truly appreciate Sydney taking the time to do this interview. She will hold the distinguished honor of being the first of many interviews to take place here at IAATM. If you would like to hear more of Sydney, you can purchase her CD by clicking the pic below or by checking out her reverbnation
http://www.reverbnation.com/sydneyblakeandthemisters. Thank you so much Sydney!
By Maxim Daniels