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Art & Life with Rachelle April Bassili

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rachelle April Bassili.

Rachelle April, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
When I was 9, I sat my mother and brother down on the sofa to sing for them on my vacuum cleaner microphone the lyrics to any new song I’d pick up. That was my debut, haha, more like my calling. I used to fill the walls of my bedroom with words and lyrics, my parents gave up on the paint. Everything was low-key until my first performance as “April” on October 13, 2010 and since then I’ve been venturing with my music identity from one phase to another – from a Celtic/symphonic rock covers singer to a progressive rock/metal original artist.

I’ve always been a complete sucker for collaborations so I’ve performed for 4 years a wide array of acoustic genres from pop, rock to reggae and electronic. April now stands as my pen name as a poetic-prose writer with a decade’s worth of words and as my artist name under which I perform anywhere with any project. I came to LA on a visit, ended up staying as a dreamer, within 5 months only I have managed to network with many local artists and establish myself as a performer, doors upon doors of opportunities unfolding, it is humbling. I am currently the front woman of two LA-based metal bands; recordings, releases and live performances are in line for summer 2018 starting May.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
Through my voice and my words, I express states of mind, of existence, of being and not. Through my passion for the music I receive, I channel out a performance of expression, a vocal translation of how this music is making me feel, utterances of what this music is producing in my head – what emotion or experience it’s triggering from my memory or even an unprecedented feeling. Inspiration hits me out of the blue to compose both vocal melodies and lyrics. I always start with the melodies then move to the words that just kind of intertwine with the melody as I have already come up with in the phonetic sound I want the words to be. People are often touched by my transparency, I am raw and exposed yet the workings of my mind remain mysterious to some. They find relatable content in what I sing, they connect to it or they experience a new state through someone else’s that they didn’t know could exist.

I’ve always been a Rock/Metal performer but I believe in cross-genres and fusion. I aspire to inspire people to just pursue whatever they find beauty in and to accept that not everyone will be a fan, that a work may not appeal to everybody but make sure to embrace how supporters and fans are feeding on it.

In your view, what is the biggest issue artists have to deal with?
Having to pay (a lot of) money to get places. Seeking funds to be able to put themselves out there while in my humble option, artists should be paid to showcase their talent and work and not the other way around. I speak from within many circles of musicians; everyone struggles with financing their talent, there should be more community support for aspiring artists who are underprivileged financially but very much talented and Rockstar material.

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Image Credit:
Haven for Artists
June Beach Resort
Elie Nicolas Photography
Beirut Open Stage
RockRing

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