We had the good fortune of connecting with Lauren Kinder and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lauren, how do you think about risk?
Personally, I am more prone to a avoid risk than to take it. If I didn’t have friends surrounding me along the way I don’t know if I would have risked falling on my face to pursue the stage and spotlight. But for some reason, I’ve put myself in a role that has risk all over the place! It’s risky releasing music that you poured your heart into, what if people don’t get it? Or maybe worse, mis-interpret it? There’s risk in promotion, especially monetarily. There’s risk in pitching a tour, what if they don’t think your worth the fee? What if you don’t have a draw in that city? And after all that, getting on stage takes guts and there’s pressure to not just perform well, but also connect deeply with your audience! But once you’ve taken all those risks, you just might realize you can’t stand to live on the safe side anymore.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am the vocalist for a hard rock / metal band called THEODY. It’s been an 8 year journey, and I am so excited for the new art we are releasing in 2021! Our music style has evolved over the years, and I’ve been working on branching out from just clean vocals (more of that darn risk) and developing my screaming. Touring has been instrumental in developing character for sure! I’ve had to learn how to deal with stress in healthy ways, or learn to apologize to band mates when I take it out on them instead. I hope we will be able to hit the road more this year and the next, because I have for sure missed it!
We have been DIY from day one, from writing, creating, funding, and networking. So much of that had to be learned on the job, just by figuring it out. The perfectionist in me has had to learn to relax a bit!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I am from Fayetteville Arkansas in the middle of the Ozark Mountains. It’s beautiful, so getting out in nature is for sure happening. So many swimming holes or hiking trails to choose from. I love craft coffee and craft beer, and there are so many options here, so we could do a different coffee shop every morning (love Basecamp Coffee) and then a brewery after exploring all day! I don’t go nearly often enough, but the local farmer’s market or other events downtown can be lots of fun! Bonus if I can bring my dogs too!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Shoutout to my parents, Steve and Qynne, who got me started in piano and guitar lessons, and even let me get a drum set and practice with my friends at our house! They came to recitals and concerts for years and gave me confidence to keep going and develop my skills. Also shoutout to my husband and bandmate Charles for jumping into this music adventure 8 years ago. He takes on so much of the business side of the band. I seriously couldn’t do this without him!
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