Violinists have popped up every now and again, being “a part” of various bands, take acts such as I Am Ghost and Yellowcard, best known within the rock, punk, metal scene, whereas other acts, stand in the background. But in mists of that background within the foreground stands other violinists that are really standing out. Like take Susan Aquila for instance, she has been around for a while but has already gotten herself out there, performing showcases, tours, releasing content, plus much more. She dives into the musical styling’s of her violin works and where she plans to take it next.
1. You are of course, the front person of you as a solo artist, as well as a violinist, why did you want to combine vocals with violin use?
The violin is an instrument that imitates the human voice. It was the natural next step to sing. Being able to add lyrics, putting words to music took everything to the next level. You can hear the meaning of the song not only by the music but by the words we have chosen. It is a deeper was to express myself.
2. Can you describe the type of violin you are using in your videos and performances, for those who may not be familiar with it.
I fell in love with this violin. It is a 6 string, fretted electric violin that is shaped like a Gibson flying ‘V’ guitar. Adding two lower strings to a standard violin allows me to play bass lines. Because the violin is electric, I can use the same effects that guitarists use.
3. You being a violinist are you familiar with another violinist named Lindsey Stirling?
I am familiar with Lindsey Stirling’s work. By blending her dance skills and her music skills, she has been able to bring the violin from its ‘stuffy’ classical reputation to a fresh pop, hip hop leading instrument.
Yes. People are starting to see the violin in a new way. This creates opportunities for violinists to step out of the box and be more creative.
4. Do you see this to be the rise of the violin, with several performers, coming forth with it in hand?
Breaking into the music business is rough. It is a different journey for each person. I don’t think there are mistakes. You learn from everything. You adapt and adjust to the situations you face and keep growing as an artist. The one thing I suggest is to learn to trust yourself and your gut. If something feels wrong, don’t do it. Don’t be afraid to say no.
5. In a number of your videos, you change your wardrobe quite a bit, including in “No Where” where you wear a piece showcasing your midriff, and others were your fully dressed. When it comes to these wardrobe changes, how does it make you feel personally, do you feel comfortable wearing midriff style clothing, most women feel uncomfortable with their bodies, how did you get past it, and want to take that approach with that particular type of clothing.
I choose my clothes. I never perform in anything I am not comfortable wearing. When I perform, I move around a lot. I like wearing athletic wear or dance clothes. I don’t like to feel restricted or to overheat on stage so I do tend to bare my midriff and wear shorts. I wear what I feel good in. People will criticize you no matter what you do so trust your judgment and have fun!
6. What do you think of the whole self image with people’s bodies, people judging one another left and right because of how we look, what would you like to say to those who may be suffering with this issue, and what’s the best way to overcome it.
That is a good question. I still struggle with being judged. You try to do your best and put your heart and soul into your music. It does hurt when people judge… especially your looks or your body. Every once in a while, I will have a cry but then I pick myself up and move on. Put yourself out there and be strong. You will get more out of life. Your body and looks change constantly. Some days you weigh more and have pimple and other days you are glowing. It all ebbs and flows. Try not to worry about it and do what makes you feel good.
7. It’s almost been a year come the New Year, for your latest album “Miss Conduct”, have anything new in-store for the next release?
My songwriter, Rob Tomaro and I have been talking about new tunes for the next album. However, for the next year we will be focusing on shows and tours and bringing our music to people.
8. Have you ever considered recording your performances for a live album or live DVD or a combination of the two?
That is a wonderful idea! We have not thought of doing that but it sounds great!
9. What about your releases, you have two full-lengths, as well as a collaboration release, will we ever be seeing you performing any of these said releases, in its entirety from front to back?
Absolutely!! We have been dying to do this and is something we will do in the future!
10. How about seeing or hearing your material in the acoustic sense, do you see Susan Aquila to head in that direction or even give it try?
We are currently working on an acoustic unplugged version of Susan Aquila. I enjoy the intimacy of the acoustic violin and this will allow us to play in smaller, cozier venues as well.
11. What does the future have in the making for you, as far as doing showcases, touring, and more?
In the next year, we plan on a lot of performing: concerts, tours in Canada and England, festivals and T.V. appearances. After that, we will head back to the studio.
12. How do you get people to take you seriously as a musician?
Being a solid musician earns respect. I am constantly practicing and honing my skills. You can’t fake it. You have to deliver the goods. I am always learning. Thank you so much!! Best, Susan.
By: Natalie Perez