Dealing with personal hardships: Tender Creature talks about new EP, An Offering, in video interview

Tender Creature (l-r: Steph Bishop and Robert Maril), press photo by Emilio Mendoza

Although this electro folk-pop duo, Tender Creature, released the EP, An Offering, back in September, reviving the conversation with this group now proves timely. Together in their new record, Steph Bishop and Robert Meril convey that confronting emotional trauma is better than letting it fester. Through lyrics informed by the wisdom that comes from hindsight, Steph’s lifting vocals summon frissons of personal nostalgia in thematically heavy songs. Maril is playful in his digital production, contributing certain electricity, voltage varying to every track. 

An Offering explores the detailed work required to untangle your hardships, burdens, and heartbreak. What I wanted to learn from Steph and Robert is the moment that motivated them to come together as a group after spending so many years apart working on other musical projects. More importantly, I sought to understand why they feel that now is the right time to release their new EP and what challenges the Coronavirus shutdown had brought with promoting the record. 

I bring you the answers and more from Steph and Robert in this video interview. This video is less than 15 minutes in length and is made with Zoom technology. You can watch this video below, or visit the URL to my YouTube page, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIVT636geV8&t=31s

Video interview with Steph Bishop and Robert Meril of Tender Creature

I hope you enjoy my video interview with Tender Creature. If you should have any feedback, please leave a comment below this article. Thank you for stopping by.

Gypsy’s video interview with Music Historian: New album, Politics and more

Music Historian welcomes back Gypsy George to talk about his new album. This interview is a little different – it is a recorded webinar. Watch, listen, and learn about Gypsy’s new record, Politics, Ex-Girlfriends, and the Ayn Rand Shuffle. Conversations like the one Gypsy and I have in this recorded webinar get deep into his inspirations about releasing an album now, during the pandemic, while also poking some light-heart fun at our own life experiences. Following this conversation, I encourage you to watch Gypsy’s new music video from the new album. The video is for the song “Sailing Away,” and you can watch it here. To see the video recorded interview, click the image below.

A snippet of the webinar recording

Recorded interview with Gypsy George. Technology courtesy of Zoom Communications

I thank Gypsy George for working with me on creating a teaser (an introduction) to this webinar and for his time in answering my questions. I also thank him for sharing his world with me on Music Historian. This new method of interviewing is a way to challenge the status quo I have established for my blog and to express my gratitude to Gypsy’s support of my creative ideas.

As I reflect on this new project, I recall a quote I read by Bob Dylan from his book published in 2004, “Chronicles: Volume One” — “It [folk music] exceeded all human understanding… I felt right at home in this mythical realm made up not with individuals so much as archetypes … each rugged soul filled with natural knowing and inner wisdom. Each demanding a degree of respect. I could believe in the full spectrum of it and sing about it. It was so real, so more true to life than life itself. It was life magnified” (Goodreads.com, Folk Music Quotes, para 14).

I concur with what Dylan says about folk music being “so real, more true to life than life itself.” While I define Gypsy George’s music as alternative rock, I think there are so many elements of folk mixed throughout his songs. Further, this experience explores the music through an artist’s eyes, and I like to believe that I helped guide that exploration. Most importantly, we had fun. I hope you do too in watching this webinar. Enjoy!

Works Cited

Folk Music Quotes. (n.d.) Goodreads.com, https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/folk-music