A Sit Down With DJ Lindsey Stirling
Youve most probably heard her music through the radio or iTunes, seen her dancing around YouTube with her violin in her unique styled outfits and dance moves. Her music can take you to different places even those beyond our imagination of magic and wonder. She is the one and only: Lindsey Stirling!
"People we love may move on, but we dont have to lose them. We the ones they loved are a living testament to their lives because we wouldnt be who we are without their influence. Our memories of them keep them alive in us."
Your first breakout hit was Crystallize which featured elements of dubstep. Your general sound is a mixture of classical and electronic. Youve had producers help with your tracks, have you ever tried taking up some of the production duties yourself?
No, but I am always there with the producers writing and helping them create the backtrack because I want the tracks to feel and express specific emotions.
Youve been playing since you were very young, but what inspired you to play the violin?
When I was young my father loved music, especially classical music, and so I grew up to these masterpieces being blasted on our old record player. My sisters and I would run around the couch and dance to Borodins Polovtsian Dances and Rinmsky-Korsakovs Scheherazade - my favorites! - Our family also attended free orchestra concerts at the park. I grew to appreciate orchestra music and noticed early-on that the stringsparticularly the violinswere featured the most. I liked being the center of attention haha, so I was naturally drawn to the violin and at age six started begging my parents for lessons.
You are the first artist who has managed to reach the top in two categories in the US charts at the same time: In the Dance and Classic Charts you are in 1st and 2nd place. Feels like it that? Especially after the harsh criticism of "America's Got Talent"?
I think those moments define who you are. These "now or never" moments, in which you do not know whether you should give up or continue, let you listen very deep into yourself. And then it is a decision from the bottom of your heart, if you decide to do it. That this way has worked now is great and a good confirmation for me. I love that! I have many motivational conversations, mostly with my church group. Sometimes we stop in schools and talk to the children. I think it's great that I'm able to pass this on. You have a video, you see my face and I seem to be sobbing soon. That I can share that and show that hard work pays off and you always have to believe in yourself, is important. My story is not unique. Most people say they never succeed. My story only landed on national television. I hope the story gives people hope.
Your music was also used in video games. How did that happen?
It started with Devin Graham, another LDS YouTuber. He was the one who got me into this whole YouTube world. He had the idea to do a project with "The Legend Of Zelda". I listened to the music and loved it. Immediately I wrote music and made a suitable arrangement for the game. From then on, I had a lot of gamer fans (laughs). It was my first video that came out right big. I looked a bit like "Link" (laughs). From then on, one song followed the next. As a kid, I played video games, but not anymore. I liked those old-school things like Mario and Zelda. Anyway, the fans then demanded exactly such videos from me. So I watched videos of the games to understand the games. It was great fun to dress like the video game heroes. I really enjoyed this video game story.
When creating your own music, what type art inspires you?
I take inspiration from everything: my past, my joys, my fears, the things that Im dealing with on a daily basis, the people I love. Once I start writing, I like to work with a producer on the backtrack first, and then the creative juices start to flow.
Do you have any opinions on the current state of EDM culture?
I wish that there was more performance in electronic music. I feel like a lot of EDM shows are pretty much light shows and I wish there was more live musicality happening.
Do you have any special holiday traditions that are near and dear to your heart?
SO many! My mom went ALL out for Christmas. We have always gone as a family to pick out a real Christmas tree! Each morning in December when we were kids, my sisters and I would race each other to the advent calendar to see what the elf had brought us the night before, usually little toys and candies. Our family always decorated the tree and the house together and we played Christmas music all December-long on our old record player. Starting December 13th, we chose a family and secretly did the 12 Days of Christmas for them (delivered packages and treats every day starting 12 days before Christmas). We always made and decorated sugar cookies.. and ehem ate all those sugar cookies. Mom always made her world-famous banana bread, at least it was famous to us. Mid-December we still dedicate one evening to watching A Christmas Story (classic) and order Chinese food to go with it. Christmas Eve we always went caroling or dancing or both for the neighbors. This was followed by a reading of the Christmas story in Luke 2, accompanied by a live family nativity complete with legit nativity-looking dress-up clothes.
Aside from the usual American cities, youre hitting a lot of South American and European cities on this tour, and even one stop in Turkey. Do you think that those abroad connect with your music in different ways, or is music sort of the great communicator, as RHCP put it?
Since my music is mostly instrumental it is amazing to see it connect with people all over the globe. They dont view it as American music but its music that they can experience without the language barrier.
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