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Interview with Bindi Liebowitz, Elia
Esparza, Josh Halverson, Karlee Metzger, and Lane Mack of "The
Moderator: Shauna Wynne
27, 2016 1:00 pm CT
Operator: Ladies and gentlemen
thank you for standing by. Welcome to the conference call
with Artists Advancing on the Voice press and media. During
the presentation all participants will be in a listen only
mode. Afterwordís weíll conduct a question and answer
session. At that time if you have a question please press
the 1 followed by the 4 on your telephone. If at any time
during the conference you need to reach an operator please
press the * 0.
As a reminder this conference is
being recorded. Tuesday September 27, 2016. And I will now
turn the conference over to Shauna Wynne with the Voice
(unintelligible) team. Please go ahead.
Wynne: Hi everyone thanks for joining our call today.
Joining us today from
Operator: Thank you. Ladies and
gentlemen if you would like to register a question press the
1 followed by the four on your telephone. To retract your
question hit the 1 followed by the 3. And our first question
today comes from the line of Mark Franklin from Voice Views.
Your line is open please go ahead.
Yes. My first question is for Bindi. Bindi congrats on
making the show.
Bindi Liebowitz: Thank you so much.
Mark Franklin: Now during your intro package we
heard a lot of the choir youíve been a part of. But you also
said that you now gig about 10 times a month. So I was
wondering if you could fill us in on a little bit more on
what you are doing now in terms of music. Where you perform.
What type of music? Soloís or as a group? That sort of
Bindi Liebowitz: Right now Iím just working
on cover work. Just kind of getting material recorded and
ready for the next step once the show is over.
Franklin: Okay. And what type of music do you normally
Bindi Liebowitz: Itís kind of a
combination. I know yesterday the song that I sang with my
blind audition is definitely more of an R&B Soul song. I
kind of sing a lot of Indie Soul music. But also like an
alternative soft rock. Like ZZ Ward or Alex Jones.
Mark Franklin: Okay. These gigs you do are they solo gigs as
a flourishing singer song writer type of thing or?
Bindi Liebowitz: Yes. Iím always the only vocalist that I
perform with. Sometimes Iíll have a live band but a lot of
times itís just instrumental tracks.
Okay. All right thanks a lot and best of luck.
Liebowitz: No problem. Thank you.
and gentlemen as a reminder to register for a question press
the 1 4 on your telephone. And we have another question from
the line of Mark Franklin from Voice Views. Youíre line is
open please go ahead.
Mark Franklin: Yes this would
be for Elia. How are you?
Elia Esparza: Iím
great how are you?
Mark Franklin: Pretty good. Hey
now in addition to performing at birthday parties youíve
also released a good deal of music in the past couple of
years. I was wondering if you could tell us a little bit
about those projects and what do you think that is
reflective of where youíre headed as an artist.
Elia Esparza: Yes definitely. So when I moved to New York
I was lucky enough to meet a few producers who took a chance
on me. And they basically produced my EP. Each song was
written probably in like 20 Ė 30 minutes in one take vocals.
Because it was my first time doing anything. And when I
released the music it was very Ė it was like the first step
into what my sound was going to be. Iím definitely Pop
music. But I think now over the years that Iíve developed as
an artist Iím more Pop with mixed Ė a little bit of soul a
little bit of Latin. You know, elements of Rock and Roll and
throw back. But I think my EP was sort of a first step into
the waters of what I want to do.
And now the music
that I want to release, you know, once Ė after this show
premiers and everything is going to be a whole other level
of production and writing and everything. I think Iím in a Ė
Iím going to be in a Ė I know who I am as an artist more now
than when I did when I first put up my EP.
Franklin: Okay. And were those songs that you had written?
Elia Esparza: Yes. I write all my music.
Mark Franklin: Okay. And if voice fans could listen to just
one of your original songs. Which one would you want it to
be any why?
Elia Esparza: Oh. I would hope that
they would listen to Avenue. Itís a really upbeat fun song.
And itís got that soul and sort of Ė the lyrics are great.
Where Ė I shouldnít say that -- my lyrics are great guys --
itís just got an upbeat. Itís got the soul itís got the rock
and roll and it really gets people going. So I would hope
they would want to listen to Avenue.
Okay thank you very much and best of luck.
Esparza: Thank you so much.
Operator: Our next
question comes from the line of MJ Santilli from MJís big
blog. Your line is open please go ahead.
Santilli: Hi this question is for Lane Mack.
Mack: Whatís up?
MJ Santilli: Hi. I was wondering if
you could elaborate a little more on a couple of Ė one thing
you said was that you were glad to have been chosen by
Miley. Youíre excited about that. Almost as if that was the
person you would have chosen if you would have more Ė more
coaches that had turned. And also elaborate on her
comparison to Jeff Buckley.
Lane Mack: Okay yes.
Miley Cyrus to me. I mean if I could have chosen to work
with any coach, you know. She would have been the person.
The reason being is because I feel like sheís very
unapologetic for totally being herself. And she goes out and
tries new things in the world and puts herself out there.
And it doesnít really matter, you know, whether or not sheís
getting positive/negative feedback sheís just doing what she
loves to do. And that really resonates with me.
kind of feel like Iím maybe more Ė a little more reserved
than her but in the same sense I like to do the same type of
things. I like to put myself out there and try new things.
And just totally try to be 100% myself. And I think the Ė
well letís just say it was a huge compliment from her Ė
coming from her. That, you know, the Jeff Buckley thing. I
mean Iím kind of a fan of Jeff Buckley. Heís got his Ė heís
got a very original sound. And, you know, I would have never
made the comparison. I donít think that I, you know, heís
fantastic and amazing. And I just donít Ė I wouldnít have
put myself on that level. You know, but hearing it come out
of Mileys mouth was a shocking and amazing all at the same
And Iím looking very much forward to working
with her and seeing where that takes us.
Santilli: And did that comment about Jeff Buckley sort of
resonate with you? Like oh this Ė this woman really gets me.
Lane Mack: I think the comment about Jeff Buckley
was huge. I mean heís Ė just to be compared to somebody of
that greatness. I mean the guy has a cult following, you
MJ Santilli: Yes.
Lane Mack: You
know, I think she understands that, you know, she could hear
the rock and roll side of me. Which I also had. You know, I
do some blues and traditional blues but Iím a rock and
roller at heart. You know, and I think she could pick up on
that based off of my voice.
MJ Santilli: Okay. Thank
Lane Mack: Thank you very much.
Operator: We have another question from the line of Mark
Franklin from Voice views. Your line is open please proceed.
Mark Franklin: This is for Karlee. Karlee, how are
Karlee Metzger: Hi. Good how are you?
Mark Franklin: Pretty good. Hey according to the voice
website, your bio there Ė youíve only performed once in a
public setting outside of the school. Is that the case and
can you explain what led you to a vision for the voice?
Karlee Metzger: Yes. You know, I come from a small town
in the upper peninsula of Michigan. There have never been
very many music opportunities for me up there. So my only
option was to perform in high school. We didnít have very
many venues around. And that just kind of made it impossible
for me to get my voice out there. Yes. I performed at some Ė
Iíve performed at some weddings. You know, small stuff like
that. But other than that Ė that venue that youíre talking
about -- The Rover -- that has been the only place that Iíve
performed outside of high school.
Okay. And how did you end up on the voice?
Metzger: You know, Iíve admired the voice since season one.
I think that what the voice does with their contestants is
amazing. You know, Iíve Ė like I said Iíve never had much
music opportunities before this. And so this is king of my
only option for me. And itís been a great one so far. Yes.
Mark Franklin: And whyíd you try to audition with
Samson. Or if you didnít Ė if that wasnít your choice why do
you think it worked out so well for you?
Metzger: Samson has been one of my absolute favorite songs
for years. I can remember playing it back when I was a
freshman in high school. Itís just a song that Ė itís so Ė
itís like a lullaby almost. Itís very warm, you know, its
whole Ė itís a story telling song. It pulls people in and,
you know, Iíve always admired Ė Iíve always admired Regina
Spektor. Sheís been one of my idols for years. So I felt
like that was the perfect fit for my voice. And what my
voice can do.
Mark Franklin: Okay. Thank you very
much and best of luck moving forward.
Metzger: Thank you so much.
Operator: We have
another question from the line of MJ Santilli from MJís big
blog. Your line is open please go ahead.
Santilli: Hi. This question is for Josh Alverson. And hi.
Josh Halverson: Hey how you doing?
Santilli: Good. I was wondering about your somewhat sort of
a somewhat surprising choice. Of team Alicia over Blake or
Miley. Could you elaborate a little more on why you chose
her as your coach?
Josh Halverson: Well. I mean
first and foremost all the coaches have been major
influences on me and my music for the past. I mean Iíve been
playing music professionally for the last 11 years. And I
really was going into it thinking Blake because we were
routed from the same area. Heís from southern Oklahoma. I
live in - or I grew up in west Texas which is the northern
part of Texas. And I donít know. I just felt like we could Ė
like we had a lot in common. We know a lot of the same
demographic. And so that was my instinct going into it Ė or
my plan anyways. And then I got up there and I really Ė I
love to listen to people. I love to take it all in and try
to see peopleís hearts through their words. And so I
listened to everybody and I felt like Alicia really spoke to
me from her heart. And Blakeís first instinct was to go into
the cattle talk. And I Ė Iím really trying to get out of
that and accomplish my dream of doing what I love to do
which is music and providing for my family through music and
what I love to do.
MJ Santilli: So itís sort of like
with Alicia you felt like you could maybe explore different
aspects of yourself. Or go in some new directions.
Josh Halverson: Yes. And I mean music to me is Ė itís a lot
bigger than just performing a song. Itís spreading love and
truth and light through music. And so I think Ė I mean I
just felt Alicia had that Ė has that same vision with her
music and then also as a coach I think she can really
inspire and influence me to accomplish that goal better.
MJ Santilli: Okay yes. All right thank you.
Halverson: Thank you.
Operator: Well we have another
question on the line from Mark Franklin from Voice Views.
Your line is open please go ahead.
Yes this is for Lane. Lane how are you doing man?
Lane Mack: Good man. How are you doing?
Franklin: Pretty good. Hey, I noticed you released an EP
last year and it included a collaboration with a former
voice contestant. Ray Boudreaux?
Lane Mack: Thatís
Mark Franklin: Yes. Can you tell me how that
came about? And did that have anything to do with you
winding up on the voice?
Lane Mack: Well Ray and I Ė
weíve been friends since possibly right out of high school.
We met through mutual friends. Grew up around the same area.
And, you know, he did his run on the voice -- season five I
believe -- and I was playing in his band before he went on
the show. And for me, you know, I just saw how much
positivity and how much good opportunities he was able to
get by doing the voice. And it was something that was always
I guess at the back of my mind. And one day I decided, you
know, letís just do this thing. And he definitely, you know,
he was an inspiration to me to get out there and put myself
out there. And I still to this day -- I play in his band --
I play guitar for him. And, you know, weíre really good
friends. We watched the premier together. And, you know, Iím
just happy to have another friend whoís gone through the
process and could help me out with it. You know.
Mark Franklin: Any particular advice youíve gotten from him?
Lane Mack: You know, from him I think itís just go
out there and just like anybody else go out there and be
yourself. And, you know, do your best. Make friends. Try to
have fun and enjoy the moment while youíre out there.
Mark Franklin: Okay thank you very much and best of
Lane Mack: Thank you.
there are currently no further questions on the phone lines
at the moment.
Shauna Wynne: All right then that
wraps our call for today. Thanks everyone enjoy the rest of
Operator: Ladies and
gentlemen that does conclude the conference call for today.
We thank you for your participation and ask you to please
disconnect your lines.
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