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YOUR FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD INDIE CHORUS WERE ALMOST REALITY TV STARS.

 

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Natalie Durkin (TribeLA Magazine): Give yourself and your work a tagline and tell us why.

Silver Lake Chorus: Your friendly neighborhood indie chorus.

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ND: What got you started in music? What is the reason you are here today?

SLC: The chorus started with no grand direction or vision other than the basic desire to gather and sing in harmony. The people who started the group really loved and missed singing in choirs and choruses like they had in school and church groups – so the quintessential spirit of TSLC, which hasn’t really changed, has always been the pure joy of singing together. But we did focus the direction of the chorus when we teamed up with the producer of our first album, Ben Lee. He helped us sculpt the vision of getting unreleased songs from cool songwriters/bands and then arranging and debuting those songs to the world. Mikey Wells, our music director, and Heather Ogilvy, a soprano and arranger in the group, spent years fine tuning our unique arranging style.

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ND: How do you hope to influence your audience?

SLC: We hope that whoever hears our music feels something – comfort, joy, happiness, whatever it may be. We get so much out of singing our music, and find choral music so immensely powerful, and we hope that carries over to the listener. 

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ND: What do you do when your creativity is blocked?

SLC: There are a lot of us, so luckily when one of us is blocked, there is always someone to turn to for new ideas and energy. But we also believe in taking breaks as needed, rebooting with fresh eyes. 

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ND: What fires you up and gives you energy?

SLC: Singing uptempo together. Working with other artists. That moment when a new arrangement really clicks into place.

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ND: Can you tell us a little known fact?

SLC: Several years ago, we had an offer on the table to make a reality TV show about us, but we turned it down.

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ND: Where is your favorite place in Los Angeles and why?

SLC: The Greek Theater. We would love to sing there 🙂

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ND: How do you make music? Briefly chronicle your creative process.

SLC: We get songs from artists that inspire us. We then put those songs through our particular choral filter, arrange and workshop them to figure out how best to bring them to life. We add instruments if it feels right. When it comes time to record, we team up with a producer and bang it out. 

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ND: What is coming up?

SLC:We will be releasing another single and music video very soon, we have a short set at the Pasadena Playhouse June 8th, and we’re singing at the wedding of one of our altos at the end of June. We plan to do some more recording this fall.

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ND: Describe your style – musically and otherwise.

SLC:Quirky, edgy, heart-centered. Where choral meets indie. 

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ND: What is the best advice you’ve received and the best advice you can impart onto us?

SLC:Open your heart. Keep going. Bring a friend. 

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ND: Any closing words?

SLC:The summer is coming, grab some sunscreen and floaties.

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