Today we’d like to introduce you to Chris Rasmussen.
Chris, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I met Ciera years ago when we were teenagers at a summer camp in Santa Cruz. We stayed friends during and after college joking about making a band one day (I was serious). After college, I was experimenting with new sounds and musical elements and wanted to get someone else’s voice on it. When she sent me her ideas back, I teared up and knew we had to start something. Laureline was born soon afterwards, and we’ve been developing our sound and creative voice ever since.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I think both Ciera and I write fairly subconsciously so uncovering themes and ideas actually happens quite slowly and requires a bit of patience. It’s exciting to write this way, though, because it helps me get out of my own way and not kill an idea by overthinking. Love and loss, spirituality, and self-reflection are constant themes throughout our music as well as our visuals. It’s important to us that despite deconstructing ideas to their smallest form, we reconstruct something earnest for our audience to relate to. That’s what’s fun about pop music: it’s extremely accessible and inaccessible at the same time.
The stereotype of a starving artist scares away many potentially talented artists from pursuing art – any advice or thoughts about how to deal with the financial concerns an aspiring artist might be concerned about?
The financial aspect of music is always difficult, but it really forces you to consider why you’re making what you’re making. I think my advice to any artist is to think outside the box and find creative ways to save money. I would also advise collaborating with as many friends as possible! There are so many young creatives who want to work together and understand the financial difficulties of the industry. Plus it’s more fun.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
You can hear our music on Spotify, Apple Music, and all the other major streaming sites! We’re also playing shows in San Francisco, San Diego and of course LA in the coming months. We’d love to meet you at a show!
- Website: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6NLvlpFHjAedoPwWoPfGgK
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: instagram.com/laurelineband
- Facebook: facebook.com/laurelineband
- Twitter: twitter.com/laurelineband
- Other: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFRWWF5jX3aXJkYbVOkexZg
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