#Tweetcore Radio Hour, Episode 11

Catching up on my #Tweetcore Radio Hour posts! The latest episode features music from Snap Infraction, Rusty Shipp, Unlucky Mammals, BEES!, JC Miller. Chvrli Blvck, the Wyse, Fine, Grant & Company, Teledeath, and Bill Fever! Also featuring a chat with Brian Lambert about progress on the new Star Crumbles album.

Everyone Loves Music: An Interview with A. Wake

As is often the case, I learned of Anita Wake – or A. Wake, as she calls herself – on Jeff Archuleta’s Eclectic Music Lover Blog. Referencing A. Wake’s interest in “healing frequencies,” Jeff wrote of her latest song, “Railings,” “Though I cannot pinpoint exactly where the healing frequency lies within the song, I will say that the sounds and overall aura are so powerful and resonant, I can feel its existence.” To find out more, I dropped A. Wake a line…

I’m curious about your stage name. Is there something in particular that you’re awake to – or that you want other people to be awake to?

I was named Anita Wake at birth, so have been A.Wake all of my life, to my horror, and to many other people’s amusement over the years. You’ve gotta laugh at it!! But now it seems very apt, because I am quite an awakened soul, very spiritual, sensitive, and forward thinking. I kinda really like it now. It fits! Maybe it was destined. I would like to awaken people spiritually a bit, and raise their soul awareness I guess. Help them to advance in a spiritual way. 
If they want to! 

In his review of your single, “Railings,” Jeff Archuleta mentions your interest in “healing frequencies.” Can you explain what they are and why some frequencies might be more healing than others?

Sound healing is the use of specific instruments, music, tones, and other sonic vibrations or frequencies, to balance the mind, body, and soul. I wouldn’t say some frequencies are better than others. They just do different things and affect different parts of us in different ways. After reading lots of research material about sound healing over the years, it is thought that each chakra point in the body, is affected by certain frequencies played at a certain hertz. And if you play that specific frequency, it matches a chakra point, it basically re aligns it back to its original healthy state. Therefore helping to heal the body and mind. In simple terms, there are 7 basic chakras in the body, each with a different resonating frequency. 

By way of contrast, are any frequencies particularly damaging to people in one way or another?

Yes, I do believe that some frequencies can cause unrest and unease. Especially very low and very high frequencies. To be honest, I don’t really know much about those because I only read about, and use the healing types of frequencies. I mean well! 

You also have an interest in mysticism. How might music represent a space where science and mysticism overlap?

Everyone loves music! And it’s very healing in itself even without specific frequencies, this is just taking music a step forwards into what I believe will be very important in the future. People can relate more to something they enjoy listening to, rather than thinking about whether it’s scientific, mystical etc. I think it bridges a gap! It’s universal! Like a universal language. And it just makes us feel good. 

How do you incorporate healing frequencies with elements of contemporary music?

I use a frequency generator. I set the frequency to what I want it to be, then set the key of the song to that frequency, and it’s embedded in there. You can’t always hear it or pick it out, but that’s how it should be. It shouldn’t take over the sound. Sometimes it will be a bit more prominent in the quieter parts. I tend to use pure frequency rather than binaural beats. 

You played bass and sang backing vocals in several bands before venturing out as a solo artist. What inspired you to start making music on your own?

I used to write my own songs when very young, and carried on into my teenage years, but then got totally obsessed with wanting to play bass. I just went with the flow I guess and followed my dream at that time. But creating sounds, making harmonies, and the whole sound and production of music, have always been my main interests. I guess I just decided to follow my first and true desire in the end. 

Steve Hulme produced “Railings.” What did he bring to the recording process?

Steve’s fabulous! He added to the final production of it all and made it sound fantastic by mastering the track, and tweaking the harmony ideas. He just pulled it all together! He gave me some good tips on recording too! Cos technically, I was years behind!! Last time I recorded anything totally by myself, was on an analogue 4 track. And yes, I’m that old! 

 The lyrics of your song “Railings” are voiced from the perspective of someone who has passed on. What inspired this decision?

I guess the loss of my dad really influenced this. He died when I was 25. But I understand how hard and sad it is to lose anyone. Wether it’s because of a death, loss of a relationship, a falling out, or just physical distance. In my opinion, loss is the hardest thing we will ever experience in life. I think we all need a bit of help with healing that. 

Do you have a single approach to writing songs, or is it different every time?

For this album idea, I generally start with the individual chakra I want to write about, pick the frequency that aligns with it, think about what that chakra does for us, and then write a song about it. I guess that approach works for this style of music. It might differ for future projects. Sometimes I get the chords out first, sometimes it’s lyrics, I usually get an inspired idea in my head, and then tinker with it on a keyboard. Or a certain sound on my keyboard will influence the chords and write the song. There’s no set formula I guess. You just gotta run with your ideas. 

What’s on the horizon for you?

I want to finish this full album first, I have 2 single releases out already, my first single ‘Lemuria’ came out in July this year. 2 more songs are coming out in the early new year, and then I’m finishing the other 3 songs to complete the album. I may be out playing live eventually when it’s complete. And then continue on to write the next idea! 

The #Tweetcore Radio Hour, Episode 8

In the latest edition of the #Tweetcore Radio Hour, I feature collaborations among many of the artists whose music I’ve come to love over the past year with tracks by Jr. Moz Collective, Brian Lambert, The Star Crumbles, Fuzzruckus, Scoopski, Modern Amusement, The Kintners, Mikey J, the La La Lettes, Eric Linden, Nick Terror, Kiffie, Anime Reader, Hipster Pug, Andrew Hartshorn, Natalie Williams Calhoun, Cosmic Bos, Age of Infernal, and We Have Divine Fire.