Interview with BelleVoxx
The new talented band BelleVoxx have just released their new amazing single "I Miss You Like Crazy" after their first single "Looking For Love". Currently working on their debut album, which should be released in Spring 2011, they are talking about future collabo's and touring throughout USA. Raquel and Harmony took the liberty to answer a couple of questions about the band, single, their careers, and the description 'very heavy hitters'.
Release date: Unknown
Label: W2W Records
Buy at: Amazon
[Q]: First off, congratulations with your single 'I Miss You Like Crazy'. What's the story behind the song?
Raquel: Thank you!! It's amazing. "I miss you like Crazy" is a heartfelt and endearing song about a girl who may have the love of her life but can't give all of herself yet. She misses him but needs to spread her wings first. One day they'll reunite. That's the hope.
Harmony: The song was written by the incredibly talented Kara Dioguardi. We were all so honored to sing it. 'I Miss You Like Crazy' is a beautiful song that I feel many people can relate to, especially at Christmas time. A lot of people are away from their loved ones, and sometimes singing along with a song that you relate to is like therapy.
[Q]: When can we expect the full album? What can we expect from the album in comparison with your current singles?
Raquel: The full album is going to be a lot of fun. Probably in the spring for a release. Songs are still being written and we are exploring our lives and experiences in lyrics. It's going to be 100% BelleVoxx. The singles that are out are more light hearted. We are exploring other areas of our own lives that will contribute to our music. Love, pain, relationships, it's all about life experiences.
Harmony: We don't have a release date for the full album yet. We want to do it right because its our debut, and it has to be perfect. The album will be very versatile. We want to have a song for everyone..something that will fit into different people's likings. We've released two mid to slow tempo'd songs already, so the next single will show more of our "dance/club" vibe which im very excited about!
[Q]: Every member has been active in the music-bizz. How did you meet up and decided to the start a band together?
Raquel: I was in a group called The Valli Girls signed to Columbia/Sony a few years ago. I actually knew and worked with Frank Thomas before that so we've known each other for a while. He called me up and asked me if I'd be interested in a group. I wasn't sure at first but then I met harmony and I was in. Denisse joined us later and it was a perfect fit. They are amazing people and artists.
Harmony: I was signed as a solo artist to W2W Records. We were halfway through recording my album when Frank called me with the idea of starting a girl group. He said "Don't freak out when I ask you this" (which of course those words alone freaked me out haha), and continued on to say "what do you think about being a part of a group?". At first, I wasn't sure what I thought of it. I told him that I would do it as a side project to see where it went..that way, I wasn't putting all of my eggs into one basket. I met Raquel, and we instantly became best friends. Denisse joined later, and all three of us hit it off. I loved the dynamic sound we created as a power group, and so far everything has worked out pretty well for us :)
[Q]: What steps did you had to accomplish before getting signed up?
Raquel: We recorded a lot of songs and collaborated with very talented producers to accomplish a sound we all loved. Frank was instrumental in putting us all together. It just worked. He signed us right away.
[Q]: In what way is this musical step different from your former ones?
Raquel: I have been singing since I was 6 years old in my bedroom! Haha I loved Disney musicals so that helped shape a certain part of my voice. The Valli Girls was more pop rock. We are doing pop with r&b flare now and it just fits our voices. We blend really well together.
Harmony: I have had musical contracts before, but this has by far been the best experience. Being a solo artist compared to a group is very different. As a solo, all of the focus is on you, and you accumulate all of the success, whereas a group everything is shared. Vocals, work ethic, stage, money, and success are all examples of this. As of right now, I am happy to be in this group. Its great to have two people to hold hands with and pray before a performance, and hug those same two people when the performance is over and share the accomplishment of it.
[Q]: What is your main goal to reach as a band?
Raquel: We are more than excited to tour the world. I'm fascinated by different cultures. I would love to sing our songs to the masses worldwide. Let's do this! Also, longevity in this career is a rarity so that is the ultimate goal.
Harmony: We want to travel the world and touch people's hearts with our music and lyrics. We want to make a difference in the music industry. Obviously award achievements are in the ultimate goal..definitely winning "artist of the year"!!
[Q]: When creating a track, do you have a set theme and pre-written lyrics, or do you start with an idea or the music first?
Raquel: Ideas are always the foundation for lyrics. It's all about finding that moment that you connect with and expanding on it.
Harmony: It varies. Sometimes the producer will create a track in which lyrics are formatted to after, however, it can go the opposite way as well. Sometimes I will have a themed idea for a song as well as the melody, and I will explain to the producer what im hearing..and even sing it so they understand where I want to go with it, then they create the music around that.
[Q]: Frank Thomas describes the band as "...very heavy hitters." In what way does Bellevoxx stand out of the crowd as 'heavy hitter' in music?
Raquel: We are so passionate about what we are doing. This business can be very unforgiving. To stay positive and connected as a group is the basis for our success. I know we have what it takes to reach a large audience and we are all more than determined to get there. It's about commitment, determination and good 'ol hard work.
Harmony: BelleVoxx can do it all. We like to sing songs for everyone's enjoyment, not just one. We keep things fun and funky, but are serious about our crafts, and strive to be the best. Usually in groups, you have lead singers..the difference with BelleVoxx is that you have three lead singers..we can all do everything..and that creates the power group.
[Q]: What collaborations could your fans look out for in the future?
Raquel: We are talking about that now so you'll have to wait and seeeeeeee!! I will say I would love to do something with Gwen Stefani one day. Wow.
Harmony: Can't give away our secrets yet ;)
[Q]: Recently, what is a typical day like for you?
Raquel: With BelleVoxx we are always on the go. Early mornings, rehearsals, vocals, recording. We do events here and there. When we're together it's like a little BV train. Go go go!
Harmony: I've been traveling all over the US. I havent been home in awhile. I wake up early, hop on a flight..travel..make an appearance in different cities, and fly again . BelleVoxx-wise: we get to the studio usually later in the evenings..learn new songs..create new songs..do tons of vocals on the track..rehearse together..choreography. Its a lot of fun though, and I wouldnt trade it for the world.
[Q]: Final words?
Raquel: "Looking for Love" and "I miss you like crazy" on iTunes and amazon now! We love to hear what people think so any comments are welcome, as long as you like me. Hahaha I kid I kid. Go team BelleVoxx!!
Harmony: If you liked "Looking for Love" and "Miss you like crazy", wait til our dance single comes out!! Get ready world..BelleVoxx has arrived. xoxo