The Kali Diaries is back bringing you the best in music and mayhem. This month's Wringer 13 features Melynda Jackson from the band Eight Bells. If you are into mind expanding and thought provoking music, look no further than EIGHT BELLS.
Who are you, really, and what do you do?
Melynda Jackson. I make music to stay sane- ish. I also work a dead end job.
What’s the best thing about being in your band?
Making a big noise and having people to do that with. Free lessons in cooperation.
How has being a touring musician changed you?
Well beyond the financial consequences of choosing to tour instead of work, I would have to say that touring is a great test of a person's personality. Can you be in close quarters with the same people without upset? Can you look out for one another and rely on one another? How do you cope with an environment that is always changing? Are you able to do a lot of 'sit around and wait' for your 40 min to an hour set? Do you think it's worth it? Do you believe enough in what you are doing to upset your comfort zone? I think a person develops patience as a reward for touring. And also it is the best way to find out if you really do love to make music or what your actual motives are around what you are doing. Beyond all the philosophizing - It is also fun.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
Every day life; this includes, hope, hopelessness and everything that happens in-between.
What is your favourite song and why?
Depends on what day it is. It is impossible to have one favorite when you are a person who enjoys many different types of music.
What does “music” mean to you?
Music is a way of expressing feelings that are not easily explained with words. At least that is what I am going with for now.
What do you think is your greatest achievement in the field of music?
making albums that rely on collaborations
What is your greatest achievement outside of music?
Is there any achievement outside of music?
Describe your most unusual / rabid fan.
Rabid? hmmm. Luckily we don't have that type of fan. We have varied 'types' of people who are into what we do. They tend to be really sweet, loner types.
If you could invite any 3 people (living or dead) to a dinner party, who would they be and why?
Dining is a pleasure enjoyed most with close friends. There is no one I could name for this one.
What three things are on your “bucket list”?
I want to see the northern lights before I die. That is all.
What are you most grateful for?
the means and ability to create sound
If you could reduce everything you are and everything you stand for to one word, what would it be?