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Today we’d like to introduce you to Between Dreams.

Between Dreams, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
When I was a little girl, you could find me always singing Whitney Houston and Patsy Cline at the top of my lungs. I always had a deep love for the ol’ blues, soul, folk, funk, doowop and barbershop… give me all the harmonies for days! Growing up, my biggest influences were Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James, Billie Holiday, Amy Winehouse and Lady Gaga. Also, The Beatles, Beach Boys, The Mamas and the Papas… honestly, there are so many greats that inspired me to start writing. My brother Joseph gave me my first guitar for my 16th birthday and I began to teach myself how to play. When I was in college, I fell in love with the ukulele while studying abroad in Florence, Italy. Throughout my life, music has always something I can pour myself into and escape in. Local shows were my safe haven, a place to forget all the rough stuff and lose myself in the music. Its definitely helped save my life and continues to.

My debut as Between Dreams was at a college event called Culture Shock. We performed Lady Gaga’s Born this Way and spoke about being LGBTQ+ and celebrating equality. We frequented local Lowell venues such as Voices, The Safe, Ward 8 and was so honored to play revered venues like the Middle East and Hard Rock Cafe Boston. In 2015 I drove cross country to live my dreams in sunny Californ-IA. My solo debut was at The Mint and I also got to play at other dope Hollywood venues like The Attic, The Viper Room, and NAMM. In 2017, I had finally gotten my own studio apartment five minutes from the beach and my music career was jumping off when my landlord’s Pittbull attacked and bit through my arm. I knew as soon as it happened that my dreams were slipping away and nothing was going to be the same. With a mangled arm and broken heart, I returned to the East Coast to heal and get back on my feet. Since then, I have been flying back and forth, recording and releasing music and videos. For my birthday on June 9th, I released my very first EP and vinyl pressing! Thank Having my own vinyl is a huge childhood dream and to make it a reality is such an indescribable feeling!

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
I feel like these kinds of roads are never smooth but it’s all part of the adventure. My adventures have taken me across the country to LA and back. I am originally from Boston, but my heart aches for/soul belongs in California. I moved out to LA in 2015 and struggled like anyone else, but struggling is different out there. On my hardest days, I could look up and see the palm trees, and remember “hey, I live in paradise, things can’t be that bad!” Plus, I was blessed to meet so many talented and inspiring people. I especially treasure the times at The Mountain House with my girl Hennessey. Twas a place where symphonic souls could gather, jam, and glow up. Being there feels like a crystal charging in the moonlight, with the best and brightest vibes. When the time is right, I plan to move back to the Best Coast and live my best life.

As a female in the industry, I definitely struggle with finding the right people to work with. Throughout history, numerous female musicians have faced objectification and disrespect from producers, venue owners, other musicians and concert goers alike. Safety can often be a difficult balance and speaking up can result in being labeled as “hard to work with” or being blacklisted. It comes to the point when you have to choose between opportunities or respect and safety. I, unfortunately, have dealt with a lot of this throughout my career. I have decided that no opportunity is worth compromising my safety or dignity and continue to stand in my truth. I spent years searching for the right producer to entrust my music too. Oh, I found Waldo! Fernando Perdomo is insanely talented and has genuine interest in and enthusiasm for my music (rather than what I look like). That is extremely important to me. I’ve had plenty of people offer to record my music for free, but I don’t want what free pays for. All of my songs are about real people and real experiences, there isn’t one song I would sacrifice to the potential poor quality that comes with being “free.” The best things are worth the wait and the effort it takes to make them right, my dear friend Jaycab reminded me of that and I am so grateful. I am so proud of the majestic tunes Fernando and I manifested together!

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I would have to say my raw presence and sassy dynamic performance. My style is very 50’s Pinup, rockin’ a Liberty Roll with all sorts of funky outfits. I’ve got a one-woman-band vibe with a lil guitar, ukulele, upright bass, melodica, and a lil foot tambourine! I love to dress up and have on-stage costume changes, mermaid transformations, and playing guess-that-nerdy-theme song with my melodica. I also love to bring other artists and even the bartenders up for duets. Every set is always an adventure.

I would say I am most proud of my recent single and video release for my song Warrior. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and Warrior is about being a survivor (or rather a Warrior) in more ways than one. It is about resilience and the will to keep on keeping on through the darkest days. When I first moved to LA, I was so excited to finally be living my dreams in paradise. I soon realized that even sunny paradise has its deep darkness. Two months after I got to LA, I was r*ped by a musician friend’s brother. I was beside myself, spiraling and questioning my will to keep living. I wrote Warrior about those experiences, the assaults & the dark thoughts that come with them.

In the video, I actually burn pictures of the two people who r*ped me. This is my way of naming them, this is my way of stepping into my power. The music video also features fellow survivors with different words and messages written on their arms such as “Warrior” – “We won’t forgive! We don’t forget!” – “None of it was my fault” – “You have no power over me” and “I am loved.” I am eternally grateful for everyone who was a part of this project & who has supported me throughout. I love you, my dear Warriors <3

What has been the most important lesson you’ve learned along your journey?
Success and “making it” is defined by you and you only. Success in the music business for some may mean national/international recognition, big tours, signed to a big label, etc. Making it to me means playing shows with and for my friends at dope venues like on the Rock Cellar Magazine stage at NAMM and at notorious Hollywood clubs like the Viper Room. It’s also recording/making my music with who and the way I want to.

When I really think about “making it” though, it’s not at a huge show with thousands of people, it’s at this tiny lil dive bar called Voices in Lowell. It was my first show with a band and we played a metal show. Y’all who know my music know it’s the furthest thing from metal, but everyone loved it! The most important moment to me though is when an older woman came up to me with tears in her eyes and said “thank you…. thank you so much… I’ve been going through a very difficult time and your music really helped me.. so thank you so much.”

That. That right there. I will never forget that. I’ve been that person with tears in my eyes telling a band how much their music helped me or that it saved my life. That’s honestly it for me, that’s making it to me, helping and healing through my music. Also, when a fan got my lyrics, in my handwriting, tattooed on their body… mind-blowing. This song in particular, was written about my late dear friend, Steve Gutowski. Steve believed he was put on this earth to make people smile and would receive a simple thank you from their smile. He was taken from us too soon while fighting overseas. It’s such an incredible honor and I’m blessed that someone feels these lyrics so deeply, they were moved to get them permanently on their body. Wow.

All this to say: decide what you want and what matters to you and go after it. Define your own success. Manifest your greatest dreams.

Thanks again to Voyage LA for this opportunity, I appreciate y’all so much!

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– Edgar Troncoso – The Noir Division – logo by Lux

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