Meet guest Spotight Fiona Silver ! Songstress living in New York City!
Introduce yourself 🙂
Hey! I’m Fiona Silver. I’m a musician, performer, songwriter and poet.
How long have you been a musician?
In a way, I think I’ve always been a musician. I’ve been making up songs and singing them since I was little.
What inspired you to start singing?
Honestly, I don’t know. It just kind of comes naturally and feels good. Though there are many other singers who have inspired me along the way.
You’ve got a really unique sound, what are some of your musical influences?
My sound comes from my love of jazz, blues, soul and rock n roll. Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Amy Winehouse, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, Blondie, Joan Jett, No Doubt, Portishead, Lauren Hill, Radiohead, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Alabama Shakes. The list goes on…
What is your favorite part about what you do?
Freedom. There is a magic moment when you are really in your element. It doesn’t happen every time I pick up my guitar, but it usually happens on stage, and when I’m alone, really feeling in tune with what I’m doing.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I love going to shows and getting inspired by other artists, chilling with my friends, going to the dog park with my little guy Winston, traveling, writing, doing yoga, and of course playing music and collaborating with others.
Do you have a website or place where people can listen/purchase your music? Feel free to share!
I’ve noticed you’ve had the chance to play shows in other areas of the country. How did that go for you? Do you have any advice for other musicians hoping to do the same thing?
I played in Los Angeles for the first time this year and it was incredible. I booked the show with my good friend (and total badass babe) Liza Colby, which really helped. My advice is not to let fear stop you. It’s a constant battle, but every time I just go for it, despite all the unknowns, I’m so happy I did. Linking up with other artists you have a relationship with and deepening that really helps. Music is a communal art form. It’s all about connecting to others, and the best outcomes I’ve had didn’t come from paying someone to do my PR but from reaching out to other humans and taking a chance. In fact, this interview is an amazing example. I came down to Austin, Texas on my very first tour years ago. I loved Austin so much I stayed (unexpectedly) for 3 months! And in that time I met incredible people like Aimee MacArthur, Brittany Campbell, and Mo Malone who you featured! Now years later thanks to technology and a genuine connection we’re able to continue growing together and supporting each other from miles away.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Hopefully everywhere, touring! Haha. I hope to be writing and recording more as well. Timelines can be difficult. I think on one hand it is an incredible tool to visualize and manifest what you want in your life. On the other, life can also take unexpected turns and there is no time limit on growth.
Check out some of Fiona’s music videos! Here’s a live acoustic performance:
As well as a music video! Enjoy!