It’s been a little over a year since we last spoke with Scarlett Rabe and during that time she’s been working hard recording new music for your listening pleasure. Her latest release, Scarlett EP got rave reviews from Lemonade’s Aaron Mannari in the September 2013 issue and has also been a hit with her legion of loyal fans. I had the pleasure of chatting with Ms. Rabe recently about her latest release and what her said fans mean to her as an artist.
Lemonade Magazine: You just released your brand new EP, Scarlett, Lemonade gave it a 5 star review. Tell us a little bit about the making of Scarlett.
Scarlett Rabe: First of all, let me say that the 5 star review meant so much to me! I can’t tell you! I spent pretty much every day for a year in the studio, writing, re-writing, re-re-writing… it means so much that you felt that effort.
I really wanted to be able to explore more of myself with this album. I wanted to dig deeper and expose a more intimate piece of myself. I’ve experienced so much emotion especially in the last couple years, so as I was writing my desire was to be as honest and as raw as I could be to give all of that feeling to the music. I wanted to say it just right. I started this whole “writing phase” with that goal: that I wouldn’t let any “filler” in, that I would make every note and every word say precisely what I was trying to convey. I found a little studio down the road from my apartment in Santa Monica, and loved it because I’d walk there every day and just pour myself into it. It’s a year in my life that will never be forgotten, and this EP (and the rest of the album) holds a really special place in my soul.
Your fans are incredibly loyal. I hear word from a fellow writer here that they even have their own name now. Tell us a little about your fans and their new moniker.
*Laughs* well I’m not sure I can call them by that name! It’s funny because I’ve been asked a zillion times now, since I released the “Scarlett” EP, “What are you going to call your fans?” … and I’m always like “ummmmm I call them “darling” or “love”…or I dunno “fans”? But some of them have insisted that I give them a name. And yes, since my last name is “Rabe”… well they have started calling themselves my “rabies”. But I pray it doesn’t stick. I’ll just die. It’s just… you know? Gross. So I’m taking suggestions. Anything besides “rabies”.
The last time we talked to you was a little over a year ago. Besides the brand new EP, what else have you been up to?
You know, the last two years have been nothing less than intense and overwhelming. The lows…the highs… it’s been a lot. And I’ve always felt that artists just ache. We do. It’s what gives birth to the art. Without it, we have nothing to say. And since I love being an artist, since I can’t be anyhting else, I guess I love the pendulum swings that inevitably come with it. But it’s been a ride. And you can hear it all in the music. It’s all in there…
2013 has been an incredible year for music, including indie artists like yourself. Who are you digging this year in the world of music?
Overall, I’m digging that there’s so much authenticity. That there’s such an array of flavor, and that it’s explosive. For the world to wrap their arms around so many “outside the box” artists is extremely gratifying. I feel like we can finally be heard. Like we don’t have to go through “the pop machine” in order to have a voice. It’s incredible to be able to create in that world, and to experience the creations of other artists who are reaching so many with their heart strings. But again, in every flavor. It’s an re-birthing time for music, and for musicians. I feel so blessed to be a part of it.
Now that you’ve teased us all with an EP, is there a full length in the works?
Well, you know me.. I can’t stop writing. And there’s a whole pile of songs that keeps growing, I’m sure there will be a full length album release in due time…but with so much to choose from, it’s hard to narrow it down. I’m taking my time with it…getting a feel for which songs keep hitting me time after time. I fall in love with each one as I’m writing it, but some have an intoxicating effect that lasts much longer than others. And that’s what I want. I want the ones that last. I want the ones that can take me there every time. My fans deserve that from me.
As mentioned earlier, your fan base is extremely loyal and are also spread out around the world. Do you have any plans for a tour soon?
I’m dying to take this music on tour. It’s definitely in the works, and once I start, I’m sure you won’t be able to make me stop. Performing has always been my blood. Of course, it used to be a concert grand piano on a classical stage, but I’ve become absolutely hooked on the screaming and dancing crowds! (You don’t get much of that with the Chopin audience)
For right now, I’m just giving this new music to my fans and letting them help me spread it. I’ll tour wherever they are. They’re incredible to me! I get so many messages from friends of my fans, they’re like my little megaphones! I’m a very lucky girl… actually I should say I’m a very loved girl. The love my fans give me is something I’d never have imagined. I’m theirs. I’m all theirs.
Editor in Chief of Lemonade Magazine
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