Bonne Finken – Speak to Me


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Hailed as ‘the diva nextdoor’ by Little Village Magazine – the midwest is waiting for one of their top rock/pop artists, Bonne Finken, to release her new single ‘Speak to Me’ (releasing worldwide on August 12th, 2016). The single will serve as a first taste of what’s in store on her upcoming album (set to release in 2017).  We got a chance to talk with Finken as she prepares for the song to hit airwaves next month.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

Writing in general inspired it.  I went through a period of exhaustion after my last album (Fairytales/LoveAffairs) – I’m an indie artist and I am at the center of everything.  From writing the music, to doing all the publicity, to being the live band leader.  I love it – but it gets to be a heavy stack of hats sometimes.  Plus – I’m an emotive writer so it can actually be somewhat depressing to write – which takes a toll on me as well.  So I took a 3-4 month timeout after finishing the ‘Fairytales’ run to shake the band leader mode and tap into artist/writer mode.   ‘Speak To Me’ was the first song I wrote whenI finally got my brain space back.  I sat down and literally was thinking ‘Okay – here we go again – so….speak to me, world’.

Can you tell us more about the upcoming video?

It’s the first video that was my own concept, storyboarding, direction and I edited it myself.  I’ve been learning video production/editing over the past few years since incorporating visuals into my live concerts and really enjoyit.  So I decided to get my hands real dirty.  I had a very specific story I was trying to tell.   It’s about the journey I’ve had over the past 10 years – and what ‘Speak To Me’ represents to me as an artist – more than it’s about ‘Speak To Me’ lyrics themselves.   Finding the strength to not only discover who you are – but to discover it and to be confident within it.  I’m hoping it’s a relatable journey.

The single comes off your new album – any title in mind?

Yes, but it’s still too early to say.  But it’s getting close to final.

How was the recording and writing process?

The writing process was very fluid.  I heard most of what’s on the song very immediately – the hook specifically – and I’ve gotten much better at using MIDI for string arrangements, etc. thanks to my stint scoring a documentary last fall – so I was able to streamline my thoughts into an audible form much faster and easier than years past.  

What was it like to work with Glenn Sawyer and Rich Veltrop? How did those relationships develop?

It was WONDERFUL working with Glenn and Rich.  So easy and comfortable and they’re both completely talented – so basically the perfect combination.  And they embraced my bringing another studio owner/musician (Jon Locker) who worked very closely with me on all my past albums – so it really was just the best scenerio I’ve ever had in the studio.  The relationship developed by Glenn reaching out to me after hearing ‘Fairytales/LoveAffairs’.  Just saying he’d like to work with me and he understood the sound I was going for, etc.  So I sent him some demos – he understood them – so we booked a few days and went from there.  It was really very easy!

How much did they get to influence the album?

I’d say not as much as past producers got to influence my sound – but not because they’re not amazing.  They have great ideas – but I’ve gotten much better at composing and demoing my ideas as I’ve grown over the years – so they’re very respectful of my vision and work and seem to be more concerned with bringing that to life.  They’re letting me be an artist – not just a lyricist or vocalist.  Which is a beautiful thing for me.  

Does Colorado plays a role in your music?

It doesn’t past Glenn and Rich – but I hope that will change once the album releases.  I’d LOVE to be close enough to invite them to a show to hear it live – – maybe even on stage.  Baby steps.

What aspects of who you are now and your health and personal battles get to inspire the lyrics on this record?

I think they’re the inspiration behind my entire frame of mind – more than lyrics specifically.  It’s like my way of seeing life or events or relationships or emotions were pushed off tilt once I was diagnosed.  Or maybe – pushed ON tilt.  If that’s a thing.  And it never went back to how it was even after I recovered.  

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes – not until 2017 when the record is complete.  The road takes a lot of my time since I’m the coordinator.  I’ll know I’ve made it when I can just show up or write on the road instead of worrying about parking and hotel keys and setlists and interface glitches, etc.  So I have to wait until the record is written before I can swap back fully to ‘performance mode’.  I want to stay in writing mode until the songs are how I want them.  

What else is happening next in Bonne Finken’s world?

I don’t know yet.  It changes literally everyday.  Hopefully it just continues to be ‘music’ is happening next.  In some form.

  •   July 29th, 2016

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