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LaRissa Vienna


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LaRissa Vienna describes herself as a “spooky pop artist from Denver.” That’s fair, but it only tells half the story. With beautifully melancholic, atmospheric vocals that skirt the line between spoken-word poetry and singing, Vienna is a true artist and one to watch on the local scene. We spoke to her after receiving a copy of her one-track CD Underwater as she prepares to push out an EP…L

Yellow Scene: When did you start making music, and taking it seriously?

LaRissa Vienna: I’ve always been singing, but I’ve been in the music scene for the last six years and that’s when I started being a solo artist and taking it seriously. For a while after that, I was in bands and I was just the bassist or the guitarist. Then I started being a solo artist again in the last couple of years.

YS: How would you describe your sound and style?

LV: I would say the sound of the music is really mellow, ghostly rock. People tell me it puts them in a daze, and a lot of people tell me they have done drugs to it. I don’t do drugs, but I can imagine that, if I did, I might listen to myself. I really love the classics. I love David Bowie and Queen the most. I really like Johnny Cash. I’m a big fan of the greats, and I love the 1970s.

YS: Like a Bowie, you really seem to concentrate on the lyrics…

LV: That’s fair. I’m always writing poetry or random lyrics that I might think of, and I have little books that I carry with me. Later, when I sit down to write a song, it’s easy for me to pull from those things that I’ve written before. The song on the CD started out as a poem, and once I sat down to write a song it completely fit.

YS: Do you have any recorded output besides the one-track CD?

LV: I just put that out, and the rest is coming out in March. It will be a six-song EP.

YS: Do you have any shows coming up?

LV: I’m going to do a CD release, hopefully at the Marquee, once that’s all out. I want it to be a pretty packed show.

YS: What’s next, when that’s done?

LV: I’m definitely going to make a music video. I made one a couple of years ago and I’d really like to make another with the full band. When I started as a solo artist, it was literally just me by myself. I made all of the music and all of the recordings – I did everything alone but now I’ve got a full band with me so it’ll be really fun to do a music video like that and let people know that it’s not just me anymore.

Author

Brett Calwood
Brett Callwood is an English journalist, copy writer, editor and author, currently living and working in Los Angeles. He is the music editor with the LA Weekly. He was previously a reporter at the Longmont Times-Call and Daily Camera, the music editor at the Detroit Metro Times and editor-in-chief at Yellow Scene magazine. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brett_Callwood

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