Silversnake Michelle

 

‘Drops of Time’ melds acoustic intricacies with hard-hitting guitar riffs and graceful vocals - all the elements required for a rock rollercoaster with textures from multiple genres.
 

Sometimes it takes the loss of a dear friend to realize we have not been living our own life to the fullest. For some, the reactionary mechanism is to try new things - notions that would have never have been considered before. Choosing to pursue a musical career was Michelle’s way of dealing with sudden loss. It opened her eyes to a part of her intellect that lay dormant for decades. Turning to art, one of the first songs she worked on dealt with symbolic suicide and rebirth - almost a subconscious tribute to her friend - a song conceived to take her to a place of peace and healing, perhaps. Independent reporter Brandon Scott interviewed Michelle to learn about her most memorable musical performance, her life experiences and her plans for the future.

BRANDON: When did you first discover your love of music?
MICHELLE: I got that feeling just after I had been selected for a live TV performance in the U.S. (Live From Center Stage in Cape Cod, MA). I was so excited and this news made me aware of how nice and interesting my music was. It was able to touch hearts all over the world.

BRANDON: Your song ‘Drops Of Time’ is receiving a positive listener response on radio. What was your initial reaction when you first heard your song playing on radio?
MICHELLE: It was exciting and in the meantime natural. I just listened to my song in a new way. I tasted the flavors of my voice, the arrangements, the strength and energy inside the song and then I told to myself, ‘Great! That's sounds really, really cool!’

BRANDON: What was the inspiration behind your debut radio single?
MICHELLE: ‘Drops Of Time’ has lyrics expressing an intense feeling of the unavoidability of the finite. My soul is shrouded in anxiety and apprehension when I perceive ‘the big lie’ of living: we delude ourselves in being real, but we are only the projection of an image, of a very distant light. I have that feeling since I was a child so much that once I asked to my mother: ‘Are we real?’

BRANDON: It is often said that great art arises from difficult experience. Is there something in your life experience thus far that you would describe as the ‘catalyst’ or ‘fuel’ for your desire to create music?
MICHELLE: I choose to pursue my musical career when I realized that I did not yet live fully. Something did stop halfway. The death of a dear friend of mine made me open my eyes and so I decided to really get involved in something. I wished to express myself choosing the art that best depicted my instinctive and ephemeral soul. About two years ago, I got back on a melody written in 1987 as a joke, with my brother. I worked on that childish and simple tune matching it with mature and tough lyrics about a symbolic suicide/rebirth. ‘So in my mind was born... Silversnake!’ in 2012.

BRANDON: How would you characterize yourself as a musician? (Ex. Down-to-earth, serious, fun-loving...)
MICHELLE: As an artist I feel instinctive, a rebel, and wayward. But especially, free.

 

BRANDON: What has your experience been like working with the other people on your team?
MICHELLE: It's been and it is an exciting adventure. It's a continued growth. I learned so much from those people, musically and personally. I could not do without their teamwork. The beauty of music is also in empathy and cohesiveness. That's make music more human.

BRANDON: Did you come from a musical background? Are there other musicians in your family?
MICHELLE: There are no musicians in my family, but my parents were great listeners of many musical genres when I was young. Mom loved mostly classical while dad pop and rock music.

BRANDON: What do you find most rewarding about being an artist? What do you find most challenging?
MICHELLE: The most exciting thing is behaving on stage and dive in music. Just as a plunge into your deepest soul and sharing your own essence with other people. Music and body are parts of the same language: the soul's language.

BRANDON: Who are your role models in music?
MICHELLE: I get inspiration from many artists, mainly from the 70s and 80s.I like their concept in music so much, like their chaotic and messy way of life. I like artists telling something, having a message kept in their music. Led Zeppelin, Bowie, Rolling Stones, Beatles, Pink Floyd, and others, not only matched these characteristics but they produced new iconic music styles.

BRANDON: Describe your best or most memorable performance.
MICHELLE: In March 2015 I did an acoustic performance. The atmosphere was so intimate. Everything was so ‘acoustic’ that even my voice was unplugged and without microphone. What a panic! First sensation was of anxiety about my performance, and then, in my deep, the fear to be myself, without a microphone's ‘filter.’ I was ‘naked,’ without my ‘Linus’ security blanket. I started singing and listening to my voice and I suddenly felt all of me. That imperfect voice faltered with fears and emotions. That voice... for the first time made me feel the pulse of life and the truth of emotionality, without masks... the truth of life! So I said to myself: ‘Damn! How much I love to really live!’

BRANDON: What advice would you give to young, aspiring artists out there who are unsure and need guidance?
MICHELLE: Just to be themselves and to be true. It doesn't matter to be successful at any costs. People will like you only if you are real and genuine. Especially today, in a fake built world where everything is crystallized in fiction and is virtual, the audience will love you for who you really are.

BRANDON: What's next for you as an artist? Is there a new single in the works? If so, what can you tell us about it?
MICHELLE: I have another single ready for the end of September. It is the second song extracted from my next album ‘Her Snakeness’ coming for December 2015. It is a concept album expressing sensations and emotions of a particular time of my life. It's that when I choose to leave everything was safe and certain, digging into my deep self to really understand my artist's soul. ‘Her Snakeness’ lets emerge the most instinctive and reptilian side of human being. This album is the natural follow-up of my first work ‘So In My Mind...’

BRANDON: Thank you so much Michelle for taking the time to talk about your musical journey! We are looking forward to your next project and expect to hear great things about your career!

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