• Interview with Miss Whimsy (Alternative Pop Folk Band)

    Attachment 2305 Miss Whimsy is an Alternative Pop Folk Band by Kira Bursky who will be releasing her debut album, Confused Travels., this December (2013)...

    Thanks for taking the time to do this interview Miss Whimsy. Tell us a bit about yourself, your name, age, where you’re from and an interesting fact if you like...
    My name is Kira Bursky, I am 17 years old, and I am currently studying film-making at an arts boarding school (Interlochen Arts Academy) in Michigan, but my home is back in Asheville, North Carolina. An interesting fact about me is that I am a filmmaker as well as a songwriter!

    Is there a story behind your name Miss Whimsy?
    Well, when I first bought my accordion over a year ago it took me a few weeks to find the appropriate name for him. And then it hit me: Mr. Whimsy. So, naturally, because of the deep and romantic relationship I have with my accordion, it was quite the easy transition for me to go from Kira Bursky to Miss Whimsy.

    How long have you been singing?
    When I was a child I did a bit of singing practice for musical theater auditions. Two prominent pieces of my childhood were "Matchmaker" from Fiddler on the Roof and "Favorite Things" from the Sound of Music. But I feel as though my singing really started 3 years ago: the summer I wrote my first original song.

    What first got you interested in becoming a singer?
    I have a slight obsession with character voice acting. A good example of that would be the movie "The Nightmare Before Christmas." Each character in the film had such a distinct personality due to the quality and personas of their voices. I found myself mimicking the wonky quirks of the characters, until slowly my mimicking grew into a longing for my own voice and style. And so then I began my songwriting journey!

    What/who inspires your music?
    The filmmaking side of me carries over to the songwriting side of me. Three of my biggest music inspirations are film score composers: Danny Elfman (he composed the soundtrack of Nightmare Before Christmas), Yann Tiersen (Amelie soundtrack), and Bruno Coulais (Coraline and The Chorus). All three of these composers are able to paint such fantastical worlds with their music, and I find that to be the biggest thing I strive for: to create a world with my music. As for songwriters and bands, I am inspired by Norah Jones, KT Tunstall, Caravan Palace, Arcade Fire, Elliot Smith, I Monster, and Radical Face to name just a few!

    Do you see being a singer as a career, or as a hobby?
    I see it as possibly being a career. Of course I would love for my music to be a career, but it all depends on if other people also want that! So, yes, if I can get enough listeners and fans, then sure! This would be a fantastic career. I'd also like to direct films, compose scores for films, and pursue many other interests, but songwriting is without a doubt one of the tops.

    What are you trying to do with your music? Do you want to help your community? Are you trying to get rich? What is your goal for your music?
    Like any other artist, a big part of my work is just self-expression. I feel like there is a side of me that is only accurately expressed and conveyed through my music. Additionally, I would like to present new alternative music styles to my listeners. I incorporate my accordion, my beat boxing, as well as violin and cello played by some of my friends, to create music that doesn't really conform to the traditional sounds one might expect. (Secretly I hope to help grow the popularity of the accordion because, well, accordions are just so gosh darn lovely!) On top of that, thematically, many of my tunes deal with making change / going through change or transitions through life. I hope that my music can help inspire change in people's views of the world / other people, but also help aid people in going through their own changes. Life can be tough, and sometimes the only thing that can understand you is a song.

    Have you ever performed live? How did it feel?
    I performed live for the first time a month or so ago. Wow. It was exhilarating, nerve-wracking, and adrenaline-rush-producing, but boy did I enjoy it! I'd love to do more live performance.

    Do you have any kind of management, publishing or distribution team behind you? If so what are their responsibilities?
    It seems as though I am my own manager, publisher, and distributor. Maybe that'll change. Right now I am living the life of a true *Indie* artist.

    What are some accomplishments that you have achieved, and are most proud of?
    A year or so ago I was a finalist in an Ecology themed competition with my song "Water Girl." That was pretty cool. Other than that, most of my accomplishments have been film related thus far!

    Have you ever made any contact with major artists or other high positioned people in the music industry and do you keep in contact with them?
    I have not yet, but if you'd like to help me get in contact with one, just give me a holler!

    What one tip would you give to other aspiring independent artists?
    If you are passionate and inspired, that will show through your work. Your audience will be able to feel the truth of your work. Also, remember that one of the most important things about making art is enjoying the process. Never forget that the steps you take to make a song or a film or whatever form of art it may be are just as important and should be just as fulfilling as the final product. Make the most of each moment!

    What do you see is in the future for the music industry? How do you think it will evolve/change?
    With technology becoming more and more easily accessible and affordable, I feel as though more music artists will have a chance to record and fulfill their creative vision. Heck, here I am recording and mixing my own songs. I have the software and equipment I need to do so, and in the past this would not be so! The music industry seems to be becoming more welcoming for us indie artists out there! Thank you!

    Do you feel like the internet is helping you as an independent artist?
    The internet is currently my main means of getting my work out there. It's also what is allowing me to have my work mastered, distributed, and made into a CD. Gosh, the internet is currently my key to proceeding in practically every step of making this album. Yes, I do think the internet is definitely helping me as an independent artist.

    How do you think social networks such as Facebook and Twitter have affected the music industry?
    I don't know much about Twitter, so I don't have much to say about that. But, as for Facebook: Facebook is such a helpful tool for keeping people in the loop. I'm using it to post updates on my album and links to live versions of my songs as I record them, etc. Through Facebook, people can share what I post to people I don't even know-- and then a chain-reaction occurs. I think Facebook is affecting the music industry by allowing indie artists' work to been seen and heard by a larger audience.

    Where can we hear your music online?
    Until it is released for sale on iTunes and for streaming on services such as Spotify at the end of December, you can hear some live versions and previews of tracks from the album at my Youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8KIpbjOyJRhW0A5eplwINw

    Also to stay updated on the album and when more previews are released, here is the link to my Miss Whimsy Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/misswhimsymusic

    I also have some of my older work online on Soundcloud, but if you're curious enough to hear it, I'll let you find it, ha. Let's just say I feel more confident in my newer work (to say the least!)

    What projects are you working on at the moment?
    The biggest project is of course my album "Confused Travels." I'm finishing up the final two weeks of mixing, and then I will be sending the tracks off to be mastered. It is extremely exciting to finally be completing my first album. But, additionally, I am working on many film and animation related projects. Actually, when I release the album, I will also be releasing a stop motion animated music video (which I am working on now!) for one of the tracks on the album called "Warm Rush." Behind the scenes pictures of the animation shoot are online on my Facebook page for my film production company "All Around Artsy" if you're interested in checking it out.

    Heck, here is a link to a blog of all my film, music, and art related work: http://allaroundartsyadventures.blogspot.com/

    Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years time?
    In 5-10 years I will be juggling all of my interests and living a life full of art, chocolate, and good company. Maybe I'll be touring? Maybe I'll be in the middle of directing a feature film? The possibilities are endless!

    Do you have any shoutouts you want to give?
    Well, I guess I'd like to thank all of my friends and family who have supported me during this process! Thank you guys! You all deserve a cup of tea.

    Thanks again Miss Whimsy for doing this interview.
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