We had the good fortune of connecting with Lindsay Powell and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lindsay, do you disagree with some advice that is more or less universally accepted?
I don’t agree with putting money first. I don’t mean money isn’t important – as someone who has been making music for fifteen years I am at a point in my career where I need to be paid for most opportunities. But when I look back, I think of the connections I’ve made with bands/artists, the fun I’ve had and the community I’ve built just from doing the thing I love regardless of the money it’s making me, it makes me happy. It makes me feel more complete. I think if anyone is considering starting a band or a solo career and decides that they are doing it for the money then the motivation is off and you’re sort of setting yourself up for a miserable pursuit of something that is, quite honestly, fairly elusive in the music industry. If you’re just starting out, do it for you. Develop your style, learn how to produce. I am a strong believer, also, that working a job to support your musical pursuits allows you to feel you have more creative freedom with a project. I’d love for every artist and band to feel compensated for their hard work, but I say this: move through your creative practice like you don’t need to worry about pleasing anyone enough to get them to pay you. Just do it your way. And then, I think, the money does come. Eventually.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Fielded is a solo project I’ve been working on for about fourteen years. It started as a vocal experimental project and currently exists as a weird R&B/singer/songwriter project. I’ve lived my life as this project for more than ten years, it’s been who I wake up as, who I make mistakes as, who I grow as. I am always working to be a better version of myself which means I’m always working to be a better version of Fielded. It has not been easy getting to where I am – and I still have a long ways to go – but there have been moments of joy. One of the highlights of my work is collaborating with artist Naama Tsabar on a lot of her sculptural installations. It’s funny that this question contains the sub=question “was it easy?” as I’d imagine no artist in the history of the music industry would describe their journey as easy. I think it’s an abusive industry that is still run by (mostly older cis-male) gatekeepers who care more about their money than their artists. I don’t think any artist, no matter how successful, experiences a ride that steers clear of the bullshit that we as a society are fed and ultimately asked to internalize. There are a few good people in said industry, however, and I am grateful to those who are involved with my label, Backwoodz Studioz, because it’s probably been the most support I’ve found in this industry thus far. I also appreciate the support of my fans, friends and family because I know I’m not always the easiest to deal with as someone riding the waves of creativity. My story is in the music, and in all the press releases I’ve written for my albums. I’m constantly changing and evolving. There’s no way I can sum up my entire story via this interview question.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Let’s pretend it’s Summer. If I had a friend visiting and I wanted to show them a good time, I’d take them to Rockaway Beach. While we were there, we’d eat a Rippers, enjoy the sun. Probably buy a couple Nutcrackers from a passing vendor and drink them in the water. Then I’d say back to the city, dinner at The Islands, then drinks at Bar Meridian. If we were really going for it, then I’d want to head over to Nowadays for some dancing and socializing.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to dedicated my Shoutout to all of the friends and fans who have supported my work for the entirety of the Fielded project. I’d also like to dedicate it to my label, Backwoodz Studioz, and all the people who are involved with it.
Benjy Russell, Casey Mathewson, Alex Mallis