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Modern Housewifery: Up in Dreams

Modern Housewifery: Up in Dreams

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An interview excerpt with Bethann Galiardi from modern housewifery - by Stephanie Milano - CHICK Mag, Sept 2010 CM: So what's in the meaning of the name, 'modern housewifery'? BG: I wanted to make an album that broke down the stereotypes and assumptions that people make about the 'everyday man/woman'. I mean, I'm an everyday girl, kickin' it up here in the Pacific Northwest, writing, playing, going to movies, hanging out with friends, raising a couple of kids, cooking dinner for my husband. I also just happen to play the piano, guitar, bass and drums and I've been singing and playing in bands for over 25 years. In other words, I'm not your dad's housewife. I mean, don't assume you know who I am or what I'm capable of. CM: So what kinds of music have you played in the past? BG : Lots of rock and really bad cover-pop and even punk, but I've mostly submersed myself in 40's/50's jazz music which I've always loved thanks to my grandparents. I feel I'm probably a vocalist first and jazz music is the perfect showcase for that. But then again, it's all covers and I'm a writer and like to perform original music. I always wanted to do this kind of power/dance-pop music, but I never found any musicians that were in the same place as I was at the same time to actually do it. CM: Is that the reason you produced and performed this by yourself? BG: Well, that and I just wanted to prove to myself that I could do it. There's this great musician in town named Jamie Henkensiefken (H is for Hellgate) who did a truly amazing album a few years ago completely by herself. I remember thinking, I want to do that! I called her up and she was generous about sharing the steps she took like first laying down a rough guitar over a click track, then going back in and laying down drums, then the real guitar and so on. It was a bit of a learning curve and sometimes exasperating, but I'm really happy with the results. It's exactly what I was going for. CM: No album is truly, completely a solo effort, right? BG: True. Although I wrote, produced and performed all the music and vocals on the album, it wasn't until I took it to Jon (Goff) to get mixed that the real magic started to happen. CM: How did you meet Jon? BG: I had some rough tracks on a CD that I had taken with me down to the Seattle Drum School where my son was taking drum lessons. Hey, some are soccer moms, I'm a drummer mom. (laughing) Kristi Smith (co-owner with Steve Smith) tells me I should give my CD to the resident dj master there. He thought I really ought to have it mastered for optimum sound quality. He hooks me up with Barry Corliss, a music industry heavy here in Seattle. When I take it to Barry for mastering, he likes it but tells me that it really needs a solid mix before he gets his hands on it. He then put me in touch with Jon Goff. Jon is a really busy guy, but he made some room, figured it out and we spent the next 6 months mixing. My vocal tracks were so polluted from my home studio that at one point he was like, "We need to re-record all of your lead vocals. How's tomorrow?" CM: Was that the only recording outside of your home studio you did? BG: Yes. It was almost embarrassing how noisy those vocal tracks were. I swear you could hear kids screaming from the backyard in some of them. (laughing) CM: So what was the biggest improvement you saw after taking it to Jon? BG: Well, definitely the lead vocals of course. He had beautiful mics and a soundproof room which was a huge luxury. Also he used a couple of tricks I fell in love with like at the very end of 'Van Gogh' and in general the bottom end was greatly improved. Jon's big on bass and I was really happy how he was able to punch all of that low end stuff up including the sound of the kick drum. And then of course Barry's mastering was the big red bow on the whole thing. CM: So how has the album been received so far? BG: It's been on iTunes and Amazon since June and most of the people who have downloaded it have been friends who know me. It's been kind of hilarious because they all know me mostly for the jazz stuff and when they get a load of this album and the high production value, their eyes get big and they kind of go, "Wait......WHAT?" I think they are stunned to think I could go here with my music, actually find the time to undertake this kind of project and they have been super supportive and all the feedback has been über-positive. CM: What's next for you? BG: I finally got the timing about right with a couple of amazing friends who are simply the best musicians I know in the whole world who want to play these tunes with me, which means I may have a live show after all and that... would be fantastic! We've tried it all out a couple of sessions in my basement and it really could be something amazing. There are definitely some hurdles in my own mind that I just need to let go of like all the vocal layering that I like to do and multiple drum kits, multiple guitars at times, but that's just over-thinking things, which I tend to do. I mean we are three amazing pieces, all with multi-instrumental capabilities and lots of toys and we have an amazing sound. I need to detach enough to let the music go where it needs to go. I mean, it's not going to be a 16 piece band with a passel of backup singers. Nor do I want it to be. Well, that's a lie. I do want it to be that, but obviously that's not reality nor is it necessarily better. CM: And the next CD? BG: I've already got the next CD written. I'm thinking more about the drummer and bassist this time and what they bring to it, what parts or instruments I will want to play or can play while I'm singing the more complicated stuff, and how the three of us can perform these tunes live. It's a completely different process than the last CD and it's wilder, more edgy and industrial. Think: This album meets Bjork's "Army of Me" and you're getting close.

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Kunstenaar: Bethann Galiardi
Titel: Modern Housewifery: Up in Dreams
Genre: Rock
Releasedatum: 1-12-2010
Label: CD Baby
Media-indeling: CD
UPC: 884501441100

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