Q: Why are you making these films?
A: Music is what truly keeps me going. And I know for a fact that I am not the only one who feels this way. I am curious by nature and want to hear other people’s stories about how music has changed their lives. My first film helped me get through the loss of my father by focusing on the therapeutic value of music, and this second one is helping me get over a relationship that really knocked me on my ass. I started hearing music differently when I was involved with this man and I want to explore why.
Q: How do you chose the artists you interview?
A: Well it comes down to two things. First, I have to be moved by their music. In order for me to feel it, the artist has to feel it. I am drawn to musicians who are incredibly passionate about their work and do it because they love to do it. And need to do it. I love an artist who is honest and is not afraid to be vulnerable. Thats what I aspire to be. And second, it also depends on whether or not I can find a way to connect to them directly. Considering I am just a girl with a camera, and am not a big name production company, its hard to get big managers or publicists to give me a shot. If I can find a way to walk up to the artist directly and tell them about my project, thats when I tend to get lucky. There are so many bands I would absolutely love to interview, but it would be a challenge getting their attention. Of course I will try anyway!
Q: What is your favorite part of interviewing musicians you admire?
A: To be able to tell them in person that their music means something to me. And when I ask a question that truly makes them think. I love hearing them say things like “Oh wow I never thought of it that way. Or “I have never been asked that before.”
Q: Why did you chose to feature Imogen Heap?
A: Imogen is brilliant. Not to mention she is one of the most genuine, original, and gracious artists you will ever meet. When my dad passed away, my only way of dealing with it was going to concerts, and Imogen and Zoe Keating were on tour together at the time. So when I got the idea for Map the Music, it just felt right that both of them would be a huge part of it. Plus Imogen has some amazing fans so it made sense to go on her tour for the majority of the filming. Actually, Zoe was the very first person to know about the project.
Q: Did you go to film school?
A: Nope. I don’t think going to college is the only way to be successful. I think its great for some people, but not for everyone. I just knew I had this idea and that I would make it up as I went along. And I still am to be honest. I asked a lot of questions, knew what I wanted, and was not afraid to make mistakes. And I did of course, so I surrounded myself with people who understood what I was trying to do and was not afraid to ask for help. Still learning. Still asking…
Q: How did you fund this project?
A: With a national commercial I booked for VISA. They weren’t kidding when they said its everywhere you want to be.
Q: How did you get the artists in the film involved?
A: I found an opportunity to talk to them, and I asked if I could set up an interview. Then once I had that going, I asked if I could meet up with them on tour to get some B roll and it just kept growing from there…I was honest about where I was coming from and I what I hoped to achieve with the film. I figured the worst that could happen would be they say no. Once I had Imogen on board, most everyone else was too. I am still so incredibly grateful for that.
Q: Why is Jim Bianco in a bathtub? (This is a question you might ask after you see the film.)
A: Because he’s Jim Bianco.