ION INDIE MAGAZINE May 2017, Volume 36 - Page 26

Music by Ashley Wineland “No Prince Charming” I had the pleasure to sit down and chat with her before the show…and what a treat that was! Without further ado, here's that interview... TS: Knowing what you know now in regards to the music industry, is there anything that you would have done different in the beginning of your career? AW: There would be some people I would have avoided for sure, but at the same time, it was having to deal with those people and just unpleasant situations that have led to where I am today. To know how much progress I have made in my few years makes it easier to look back on those situations and not regret my choices. So as of now, there really isn’t anything major I would want to change. TS: There are bands that have been around 35 to 40 years, such as ZZ Top and Rush, which have kept the same line- up from day one. So many bands today are a revolving door of musicians. What’s the hardest thing about being in and maintaining a band? AW: The difficult part about maintaining a good group really comes down to everyone’s mentality. If all the members are on different wave lengths with their goals and expectations for their careers and lives, then it makes it extremely difficult to be cohesive. A band is ultimately a family, and if there is any major dysfunction, you can guarantee that you won’t be seeing certain people at any reunions. TS: Eric Clapton was once quoted as saying, “Every time you pick up your guitar to play, play it as if it were the last time you were ever going to play it again.” What are your thoughts on that statement? AW: I think it is a great statement for any performer to go by. You never know when your last show may be, or who’s in the audience that day. If you don’t give 110% of yourself every time, you are closing doors without even realizing it! Plus, you never know when your last day on Earth is going to be—so if this is your passion, kill it every time…and make people remember you the way you want them to.