We had the good fortune of connecting with Fiona Silver and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Fiona, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risk taking has been an essential part of my life and career. All of the best opportunities I’ve had came from taking risks and getting outside of my comfort zone. Many times risk taking involves asking for help, which can be uncomfortable for someone like me, but it always strengthened my relationships with others as well as myself. Every time I take a risk I feel I learn more and came to trust my own instincts more too.
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I’m uniquely me, you know? Everyone has their own lens, and their own inspirations both externally and from our own life experiences. Mine is different for a lot of reasons- my sound is diverse because of how I grew up (in NYC), my aesthetic is particular in it’s own way as well (Paste mag once said “Ava Gardner meets Joan Jett” though there’s a lot of Blondie, Gwen Stefani, Ronettes and Courtney Love in there too). I’ve been through a lot of loss and heartache in life but I’ve also experienced tremendous joy, love, and the ecstasy of fulfilling what feels like my calling… especially in moments like when I got to tour with Gary Clark Jr. and jam with Carlos Santana. To be honest some of the most intense experiences as an artist have been when I am alone in a room just writing a song. Music is a kind of therapy for me, and there’s so many aspects to it. Music as a career has definitely not been easy though, and there’s been a lot of challenges as an independent artist. It takes a lot to keep going even when you’re not getting the accolades, money or even structural support you want, but at the end of the day I know that this is what makes me happy, and it’s what I WANT to do. Building community and getting to collaborate with others in so many ways from recording to performing to working on a music video (overseeing everything from set design to editing) is a gift, and I don’t take it for granted. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My shoutout is dedicated to Carriage House Studios. In the midst of Covid-19 madness I had a rare opportunity to come to this world-class recording studio, and escape NYC. The owner took me under his wing and gave me and my bandmates space and time to create in a way that I never could have afforded to before. Support, mentorship, love and encouragement is exactly what we received, and I’m humbled by how generous the Carriage House family is.
Photos by Cortney Armitage