Ladywood caught up with singer/songwriter Miranda DiPerno who is one part jazz, one part R&B and a whole lot of soul. This 22-year old native from Vancouver, BC moved to New York to study music and make a name for herself. Drawing inspiration from the stark contrast in west coast living as compared to the nonstop energy of NYC, Miranda's debut 6-track EP, Home, is a beautiful compilation that showcases her talents not only as a strong vocalist but as a songwriter. She has it all and great things are in store for this up-and-coming beauty. Check out her soundcloud and go buy her album.
1) What is the process for making your music? How does it come together with your band?
My music making process is a little different everytime, but it usually starts with me sitting at the piano fooling around and then when inspiration hits, I better run fast because it doesn't hang around too long. Afterwards, I'll bring it to the band and we'll work it out. What I love about the guys I play with is that we all have pretty similar tastes in music, so when it does come together and sounds right, we all know it.
2) Plans for live shows/tour?
This past month I traveled up to Montreal for a gig at Ogilvy's during the jazz fest and I sung the national anthem at the Alouettes CFL home opener game in Montreal. I'm also hoping to do a little tour upstate later this summer and some bigger stints next fall and summer. You can keep posted about gigs on my facebook page at and website that is presently in the works!
3) What are your fondest music memories?
My EP release show this past March was definitely one of those pivotal music moments. Completing the record was a personal milestone, but what made it all even more unbelievable was the energy in the room that night. So many loving faces in the crowd, family, friends, new and old, strangers; the place was packed. It was a beautiful night of music and I was fortunate enough to share the stage with some incredibly talented musicians and special guests. You can check out a video from the release below.
4) Where does your inspiration come from?
As long as I'm open and looking for it, it seems that inspiration can come from anywhere. For me, it's a lot about the story in the song, so regardless of it being mine or someone else's, I'm always trying to find my own truth in it. Authenticity and intention are the ultimate goals and what I'm always reaching for.
5) What was it like to move from the west coast to New York?
It is the 180 from where I'm from, so it's always an adjustment, but, like anywhere, you eventually find your way. That being said, the ride thus far has been absolutely thrilling. The energy in New York City is contagious, it keeps you going, it's exhausting, and it continues to push me beyond my own expectations.
6) Was it hard to get into the "scene"?
Being in a music program definitely helped me meet other musicians and like-minded people, which created a nice platform to branch out from. I'm not sure I'm "in" the scene quite yet, but, at the end of the day, if you aren't going out and supporting others and making a connection, you're going to have a hard time getting anywhere, which is definitely part of how I've gotten to where I am at this point in time.
7) How many hours a night did you sleep while recording the album?
The EP recording was intense. I didn't want to drag the process out, and ended up doing the whole thing in five days then mixing for two, during which life had no other meaning than waking up, studio, eating, studio until the next morning, home, laying down, rinse, lather and repeat. I tried to get sleep in because it's important, especially for singers, but the excitement paired with the stress of wanting to do a great job, and the joys of an impromtu cold, did not make for a sleep condusive situation.
8) How was your experience with Kickstarter?
Kickstarter was great. Not only because I got my project funded, but it was an incredibly humbling show of support from family, friends, and complete strangers. It changed the expectation of the project as well. I'm used to making music mainly for myself, but with this support there was an added intention of wanting to honor people's investsments in my work. Disclosure: it was a lot of work... a lot.
I recorded the EP at the Rumpus Room in Brooklyn, NY with the kick-ass producer Barb Morrison (Blondie, Rufus Wainwright) along with the musical talents of Olivier Court (keys), Richard Emery (guitar), Dylan Kaminkow (b.ass), Brendan Mcguckin (drums), Nick Grinder (trombone), Linton Smith (trumpet), and Gabriel Richards (tenor sax).
9) What's playing on your iPod right now?
This second? Let me check.. the last song I listened to was "I Believe (When I Fall In Love It Will Be Forever)" by Stevie Wonder. It changes everyday. I have my favorites but the rest is in constant flux. I love jazz, soul, R&B, the oldies, but I check in with what's new because there's so much amazing music going on, and - best part about NYC - is that I can usually see it all live.
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