Welcome back to BuzzMusic Kendra! What can you tell us about your highly anticipated EP “of Always”? What does this project represent for you?
Thanks so much for inviting me to interview with BuzzMusic again! It’s a delight to be back. My highly anticipated EP is titled, “of Always” by Kendra & the Bunnies. It’s an acoustic and subject driven poetic piece. It has heavy notes of folklore spanning from the Americana West to the Celtic Highlands. The EP is an ambling walk down the line of romance via muse. My thoughts prevail through suggested vocal variation and center around the foundation of dedicated and dreamy relations. It represents the determination I have for music. Streaming on all platforms Friday, 9/6.
It wasn’t long since we’ve last featured your music! How do you stay on track to create relevant content so consistently?
Thank you. This relevance arrives through the personal lens of interpretation. Writing is my go-to source of being and breathing. I become an extension of my poetry and the words being read whilst writing it. To answer your question fully, I keep my eyes open for observation. Inspiration is kind to me. Additionally, I am always actively listening and learning something. Right now, I am reading “Hell’s Angels: a Strange and Terrible Saga” by Hunter S. Thompson, studying improvisational acting at Groundlings Theatre LA, and meditating with the recommended, “A Course in Miracles”.
Can we expect any collaborations on your EP “of Always”? Who is an artist you would love to collaborate with?
I’d say the “of Always” EP is a collaboration of spoken word and musical persuasion. It’s just me driving this album. I did, however, recently collaborate with a good friend who is a sound-engineer and producer. He turned my track “Sucré Mon Cherí” into an upbeat festival mix. His name is Chandler billed under the name ‘cnotebythelayer’. The work he did remixing that track is so upbeat and full of joy. Honestly, I can really see it spinning at a late night music festival set, getting every dancer to grin ear-to-bunny-ear. “Sucré Mon Cherí Festival Mix” is currently streaming on all music platforms. In the future, I would love to collaborate with Melvin Seals, the dynamite pianist of JGB. His playing is electric. Maybe I will muster up the courage to give him a call. Thanks for reminding me.
Where is the best setting to listen to your songs, and what do you hope people take away from them?
Let’s name a few. I can see you listening to Kendra & the Bunnies in your old school ’92 Chevy truck with the windows cranked down. You are on a country road and the sun is about two hours from setting. Scenario 2, you are taking an introspective walk outdoors with headphones of your own choice. Scenario three, you’ve just lit some candles in your apartment. The night is all about painting that design you’ve been thinking about on the blank canvas that is, in-turn, observing you. The “of Always” EP is definitely hallmarked with depth and easy-listening. I hope the listener meets me at a place of understanding. This release is a delicate balance between a lament of deep sadness that is the heartbreak of life, adjacent to the beauty there is in living and loving that which we live.
What are your main aspirations as an artist going forward?
I am grateful to have a platform to positively influence listeners. My message is strong. It is of peace, patience, respect, action, and comforting the vulnerable. I am grateful to expand into all facets of my creative self. I have big aspirations tied to present goals. One goal at a time. One day at a time. I look forward to performing more venues and music festivals, growing my fan outreach, and starting conversations about healing and the transcendence of now.
What other projects are you working on through the end of 2019?
My second book of poetry titled, “Project Non-Arch: Operation Clown School” is being published on Friday, 9/13. It will be available on Amazon Books. Signed copies are available via my website, www.kendraelisabethmuecke.com — “Project Non-Arch” is a long form prose poem that describes my vantage point throughout the transition of control to surrendered presence. When one surrenders to the reality at hand, it eases into something malleable. This poem is my part-by-part peeling back of the curtain to unveil who I am below preconceived constructions.
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