Q: I read somewhere one of your favourite CDs ever is Entre Dos Aguas, by our own Paco de Lucía! How did you get to know him and his music? Do you enjoy flamenco?
R: I LOVE Flamenco!! I was introduced to Paco’s music the first time I visited Spain. Now I go back every couple of years (to Malaga) and I always make sure to see some live flamenco in the city. My favorite guitar is a flamenco guitar that I bought from the small store that makes Paco De Lucia’s guitars called Hermanos Conde in Madrid. (Attaching a picture of the day I bought it 🙂 Glad the date is behind me. Guess it was in 2007!
Q: How does your creative process look like? From inspiration to beating on the craft. I read you carry a notebook you don’t use, and keep a guitar in every room in your apartment.
A: I keep guitars everywhere to remind me to practice and write new songs. I usually write at night. I like to sit in the middle of the living room and have paper and different guitars scattered around me.
Q: Do you ever get writer’s block? And how do you un-block?
A: I had writer’s block for a while, before I fell in love. Once I was in love, I was writing like crazy! It’s funny how a new person in your life can inspire such music.
Q: When writing, do you review your lyrics a lot? When do you know a song can be considered finished?
A: I review every lyric. I need it to make sense and be very true to myself.
Q: Do you do ear-training exercises? Do you think developing the ear is important?
A: Developing the ear is extremely important. I think singing, or learning how to sing at a young age does just that. I don’t actively continue to develop my ear, but I think recording and singing live keeps everything in tune. If you don’t use it, you lose it. I’m a big believer in that saying.
Meiko trying out a Flamenco guitar at Hermanos Conde (Madrid, 2007)
Q: Do you have perfect pitch? Or relative like the rest of us mere mortals?
A: Ha! I don’t have perfect pitch, but I’d like to think I am close!
Q: To finish, what advice would you give to anyone who’s starting to write songs?
A: Write from your heart and what you believe to be true, not what you think other people want to hear. I started off writing lots of poetry and once I learned guitar, I learned how to turn my poetry into melodies and songs.