Karen Winnett

Just me........

Began playing and singing since I was 15 years old. Was in the recording studio when I had only been playing guitar for 6 months.... Not because I was a great guitarist lol.....It just worked out that way....Played in a number of bands as lead singer, front person and sometimes also rhythm guitarist as well as having been a drummer vocalist later on and came close (If you know what I mean) twice...But life is full of twists and turns. I play a number of other instruments besides guitar. Though, my primaries are guitar and drums. Don't have the vocal chops that I once did when I was younger. But, I still sometimes play solo acoustic gigs. Have a small home studio and am still writing songs. ...Still at it for fun and because I love it. It's what I've always done. Enjoy hearing what other songwriters are doing, so much talent out there! And, so here I am to hear it all, and maybe pop a tune I have written here and there, now and then! Nowadays, when I write and record, for me, it's more about the song as a whole than great guitar licks and lovely vocals. My writing style wanders all over the place, whatever I am feeling and from the simple, hope it makes you smile. Trying to write something a little extra special...I never know!! But, these days, it's more because I just still want to make music and if someone likes it or it makes someone smile or sing a long, all the better. And if one day, something goes further than that. Well, one can always hope! ?

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What is music to you? What does it give you?

With a few breaks here and there, it was how I made a living for most of my life. I didn't become famous and rich, but music has been good to me and really not like having to go to work, because I loved what I was doing and I did it because I have loved music since I was very young. Also, it was fun being part of something that made other people happy.

What is your music dream?

At this point in life. While I still sometimes perform (Usually acoustic shows) It would still be fun, to write at least one song that really went somewhere..I mean who wouldn't love to write the next "Yesterday" or other Evergreen?? Or maybe being able to go back to playing full time and just even having your own Cult following, sort of like some of the bands that came out of the Village underground scene back in the 60's...That would be great fun!

If you could change the world - what would you start with?

Me....I try every day. The better me I can become, perhaps the better influence I can have on others. I think it all has to start with ourselves.

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

I have way too many to say it was this one or that one. But all it took was for me to hear "Yeah Yeah Yeah" that one time...And I knew, right then, I wanted to be a musician and nothing else. Before that. I was thinking of going into a Religious vocation....But then music happened...

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

Oh boy, that's a big question. But the first big name act, had to be The Beatles. I mean they changed everything. But I could add so many other bands. I have a wide range of musical interest.

What inspires you to make music?

I don't always need any inspiration. But, sometimes that does happen. Something will strike me and touch me and it may end up with me wanting to write a song, a poem or prose...I think it's just one of the ways I enjoy communicating with others.

What is the message you want to send with your music?

lol.....I don't want to send a particular message to people very much. I just want to try to make songs that say things about just being alive, having fun and maybe singing along. But, I may write something that has a particular meaning too, that maybe other people can relate to..If I do it right! Although, sometimes I do like to write about things that are controversial and even polarizing..Although, I would say, "Hey, lighten up, drop the hate and love each other!".. ?

How do you feel when you perform in front of an audience?

Home! I have always been a high functioning Agoraphobic....But, give me a guitar and mic and the band, put me on a stage in front of an audience...and it's showtime! lol......Even when drumming....I was always vocal with the mic.....In fact, I often took great joy in trying to crack up the band, by making up a silly lyric to make someone in the band laugh and mess up live whilst performing at any venue level...

How do you see the musicians’ reality nowadays? What could be improved?

Me?? My whole thing is about lighten up, keep everything in perspective, don't let your ego increase your hat size!!! Help each other. If you are more skilled than another musician and you're in a better more experienced band and situation... you know it, they know it, so don't be an arse, encourage others on the way. Help them along their way if you can and they have a little something going!

What do you think of Drooble?

At first, I liked it, then for awhile, I found some parts of it, we'll say. disheartening. And then as they say. "Meh." But, as I have been learning more and more and meeting supportive artist. Now that I have been here for at least a little while. I like it here. It's pretty cool...

What frustrates you most as a musician?

Well, the worst, would be anything or anytime, I couldn't or wouldn't be able to make music. Even if nobody but me hears it!!

Do you support your local scene as a fan? How?

Sure, by being part of it, listening to local artists and all of that.

What qualities should a musician nowadays have in order to get their music heard by a larger audience?

Well, that isn't just an easy one road question. But having at least some real modicum of talent, showmanship, the ability to work with others and knowing when and when not to let something bother you with what you do. Get seen and heard as much and as often as you can. And there is a reality that sometimes, dumb luck plays into it, being at the right place at the right time, (Which is why you would want to be seen and heard as much as possible)...But hey, what do I know...My experience is not necessarily everyone else's experience. We used to have a saying back when I was younger about how a lot people "Make it."....But, I wouldn't repeat it.... lol........(Anyway, I don't think it was always true.) Also, even if or when you are are playing lower level venues, respect everyone you are working for, don't forget to make mention of the person and persons working at the venue you are playing...Even if it is just a small venue...Because sometimes those people know other people in the business who are more highly connected in the industry who might be able to offer you a good shot at something...

Share some awesome artists that we’ve never heard of.

That seems a silly question....I'd say, if you want the proper answer to that, go check out the local scene for yourself. You will not only then have heard of them, you will have heard and seen them.