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EXCLUSIVE: INTERVIEW WITH ERIN DUVALL

…a country singer hailing from Texas, ignites the stage with her sultry vocals and road-house bluesy tunes, setting herself apart as a captivating artist reminiscent of Janis Joplin and Susan Tedeschi, while her unwavering passion and resilience promise a lasting legacy in the music industry.! We are happy to introduce you to the talented artist – ERIN DUVALL!


[BLASTER] THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME ERIN! WHAT MUSIC DID YOU GROW UP LISTENING TO?

ERIN DUVALL: I GREW UP LISTENING TO A LOT OF DIFFERENT GENRES OF MUSIC, FROM COUNTRY TO MUSICAL THEATER TO ROCK N ROLL TO BLUES TO GOSPEL. COUNTRY MUSIC WAS VERY PRESENT IN OUR HOUSEHOLD GROWING UP. WE ARE A TEXAS FAMILY THROUGH AND THROUGH, AND COUNTRY MUSIC IS AT THE CENTER OF OUR HEARTBEAT WHEN IT COMES TO MUSIC.

[BLASTER] HOW DID YOU BECOME INVOLVED IN MUSIC PRODUCTION?

ERIN DUVALL: LIKE LADY GAGA SAYS, “I WAS JUST BORN THIS WAY.” I HAVE BEEN SINGING SINCE BIRTH AND CAME INTO THE WORLD PERFORMING.

[BLASTER] HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR MUSICAL STYLE?

ERIN DUVALL: MY MUSIC IS COUNTRY TO ITS CORE, FROM A LOT OF THE INSTRUMENTATION TO THE HONEST AND RAW SONGWRITING, BUT IT HAS A VERY LARGE PRODUCTION FEEL TO IT AND PULLS FROM OTHER GENRES, LIKE BLUES, GOSPEL, ROCK, AND MUSICAL THEATER, THAT HAVE INFLUENCED ME ALONG THE WAY AS WELL.


[BLASTER] IS THERE AN HIDDEN MEANING IN ANY OF YOUR MUSIC?

ERIN DUVALL: MY SONGWRITING IS VERY IMPORTANT TO ME AND HAS ALWAYS BEEN A CATHARTIC PROCESS. I FIND THAT SOMETIMES IT IS BEST TO JUST BE VERY FORWARD WITH WHAT I AM WRITING ABOUT, WHILE OTHER TIMES I TEND TO LEAVE A BIT OF MYSTERY. SO, YES, SOMETIMES YOU WILL FIND THE HIDDEN MEANING IN THE SONG. TRUTHFULLY, DEPENDING ON WHAT YOU MAY BE GOING THROUGH PERSONALLY IN YOUR OWN LIFE, THE SONG WILL AFFECT YOU DIFFERENTLY THAN IT MIGHT SOMEONE ELSE.

[BLASTER] WHO WRITES YOUR SONGS?

ERIN DUVALL: I DO ALL OF MY SONGWRITING AND HAVE A GREAT GROUP OF PRODUCERS TO HELP ME MAKE IT BIGGER AND BETTER! BUT IT ALWAYS STARTS WITH ME AND MY GUITAR, PIANO, OR JUST THE THOUGHTS IN MY MIND. IT WAS SO FUN TO TAKE A SMALL SEED AND WATCH IT GROW INTO SOMETHING MUCH LARGER THAN MYSELF.


[BLASTER] WHERE DO YOU FIND YOUR ARTISTIC INSPIRATION?

SUGNASTY: I FIND ARTISTIC INSPIRATION IN MY EVERYDAY LIFE. WHETHER I AM DRIVING DOWN THE ROAD AND HAVE SOMETHING CATCH MY EYE, HEAR AN INTERESTING LINE IN A MOVIE, OR COME FROM A FRIEND’S MOUTH, THE WORLD IS ALWAYS FULL OF INSPIRATION; YOU JUST HAVE TO BE WILLING AND OPEN TO RECEIVE IT.

[BLASTER] DO YOU HAVE A RECORD LABEL? ARE YOU A MEMBER OF ANY MUSIC ORGANIZATION?

ERIN DUVALL: I AM CURRENTLY NOT ON A RECORD LABEL. THERE ARE UPSIDES AND DOWNSIDES TO BOTH SIDES OF THAT COIN. CURRENTLY, I AM MY OWN BOSS AND HAVE A GREAT GROUP OF PEOPLE WHO HELP GUIDE ME ALONG THE WAY, BUT ULTIMATELY, I STILL MAKE THE FINAL DECISIONS. BUT I AM ALWAYS OPEN TO WORKING WITH PEOPLE THAT WILL PUSH ME TO GREATER HEIGHTS AND WANT TO BE ON THE SAME TEAM WITH THE SAME GOALS IN MIND!

[BLASTER] WHO ARE YOU INSPIRED BY?

ERIN DUVALL: I AM INSPIRED BY SO MANY PEOPLE. I THINK WATCHING SOMEONE ACCOMPLISH AMAZING THINGS EVEN WHEN ALL THE ODDS WERE AGAINST THEM IS SO INSPIRING. I AM INSPIRED BY MY PARENTS. I WAS BLESSED TO GROW UP WITH TWO VERY STRONG EXAMPLES OF FAMILY FIRST: HARD WORK AND GIVING BACK. SO NOW, AS A SINGLE MOTHER OF FOUR, I FEEL VERY STRONGLY ABOUT LEAVING A LEGACY BEHIND FOR MY CHILDREN THAT MAKES THEM PROUD. AND BY FAR, MY CHILDREN ARE MY LARGEST INSPIRATION. EVERYTHING I DO, I DO FOR THEM.


[BLASTER] DO YOU COLLABORATE WITH OTHERS? WHAT IS THAT PROCESS?

ERIN DUVALL: YES, I LOVE TO COLLABORATE WITH OTHERS! I TRULY BELIEVE THAT IF YOU ARE THE SMARTEST PERSON IN THE ROOM, THEN YOU NEED TO MOVE ROOMS. WE ARE GREATER WHEN WE SURROUND OURSELVES WITH PEOPLE WHO CONTINUALLY PUSH US TO BE BETTER. COMFORT IS COMPLACENCY IN THE BUSINESS WORLD. YOU NEED TO BE UNCOMFORTABLE TO MAKE A CHANGE. ALSO, PUTTING YOURSELF IN PLACES OF VULNERABILITY WILL BRING OUT THE MOST HONEST AND RAW MATERIAL.

[BLASTER] WHAT SKILLS HAVE YOU LEARNED THAT WILL HELP YOU IN YOUR MUSIC CAREER?

ERIN DUVALL: MY WILLINGNESS TO EVOLVE AS A PERSON, ARTIST, AND PROFESSIONAL WHILE STILL KEEPING A TRUE SENSE OF MYSELF AND MY FAMILY IS SOMETHING THAT I POSSESS. I AM ABLE TO TAKE CRITIQUES VERY WELL AND UNDERSTAND THAT THEY ARE NOT PERSONAL, JUST BUSINESS. I HAVE A LOT OF PERSEVERANCE. I HAVE BEEN KNOCKED DOWN A FEW TIMES ON MY JOURNEY, AND THE ABILITY TO DUST MYSELF OFF AND KEEP PUSHING FORWARD IS SOMETHING I AM PROFICIENT AT DOING AT THIS STAGE IN MY LIFE. IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOT SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF AND TO ALWAYS LEARN FROM YOUR MISTAKES, BUT DON’T LET THEM DEFINE YOU. I AM A VERY LOYAL PERSON. IF YOU TREAT ME WELL, THEN I WILL TREAT YOU VERY WELL IN RETURN. BUT I ALSO UNDERSTAND WHEN A RELATIONSHIP IS NOT THE RIGHT FIT AND AM ABLE TO GRACEFULLY WALK AWAY AND FIND SOMEONE WHO IS A BETTER FIT.

[BLASTER] WHAT ARE THE MAIN TOPICS FOR MOST OF YOUR SONGS? DO YOU THINK TOPICS WILL CHANGE OVERTIME?

ERIN DUVALL: MY LAST ALBUM, WHICH DROPS IN LATE OCTOBER, IS ALL ABOUT THE MANY DIFFERENT RELATIONSHIPS IN LIFE THAT HELPED PUT ME BACK TOGETHER WHEN I WAS AT MY DARKEST HOUR WHILE GOING THROUGH MY DIVORCE. SO I TALK ABOUT LOVE, HEARTBREAK, EMPOWERMENT, GROWTH, BEING PRESENT, AND FRIENDSHIP. I PULL FROM REAL-LIFE EXPERIENCES WHEN I WRITE BECAUSE I FEEL MUCH MORE CONNECTED TO THE MUSIC WHEN I DO THAT. I ABSOLUTELY THINK THAT THE TOPICS WILL CHANGE OVER TIME AS MY LIFE CHANGES. I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE WHERE LIFE TAKES ME NEXT AND THE INSPIRATION THAT I GET FROM LIVING!

[BLASTER] WHAT ARE YOU WORKING RIGHT NOW? DID YOU RELEASE SOMETHING IN THE PAST?

ERIN DUVALL: WE RELEASED MY FOURTH SINGLE IN AUGUST OFF OF THIS NEW UPCOMING ALBUM, AND IT WAS A SUPER FUN SUMMER SONG. THE NEW ALBUM WILL DROP IN LATE OCTOBER, AND WE HAVE A LOT OF FUN SURPRISES IN STORE FOR THAT RELEASE! I CAN’T WAIT TO SHARE IT WITH EVERYONE. I AM ALSO THE FOUNDER OF THE “TWICE THE LOVE FOUNDATION,” WHICH BENEFITS SINGLE PARENTS, AND WE ARE WORKING ON OUR SECOND EVENT AS WELL. WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO THAT VERY MUCH!

[BLASTER] WHAT DO YOU FEEL IS THE BEST SONG YOU EVER RELEASED AND WHY?

ERIN DUVALL: I LOVE ALL OF MY SONGS, BUT I FEEL LIKE “WALKING COUNTRY SONG” IS ONE OF THE BEST SONGS THAT I HAVE RELEASED FROM THIS NEW ALBUM. IT IS RAW AND GRITTY, AND YOU CAN FEEL THE PAIN AND STRENGTH IN THE LYRICS AND INSTRUMENTATION. PLUS, IT IS JUST SUPER FUN TO LISTEN TO!


[BLASTER] WHAT WOULD BE YOUR DREAM COLLABORATION, WITH ANY MUSICIAN OR PRODUCER?

ERIN DUVALL: I GREW UP LISTENING TO GEORGE STRAIT MY WHOLE LIFE! DOING A COLLABORATION WITH HIM WOULD BE BEYOND MY WILDEST DREAMS! I ALSO LOVE CHRIS STAPLETON’S SOUND SO MUCH AND FEEL LIKE OUR VOICES COMBINED WOULD MAKE FOR A NEAT EXPERIENCE. I ALSO LOVE SHANE MCNALLY AND THINK HE IS INSANELY TALENTED. IT WOULD BE AN HONOR TO GET TO WORK WITH HIM SOMEWHERE ALONG MY JOURNEY!

[BLASTER] HOW DO YOU BALANCE YOUR MUSIC WITH OTHER OBLIGATIONS – SCHOOL, HOBBY, JOB?

ERIN DUVALL: AS A SINGLE MOTHER OF FOUR AND THE OWNER OF SEVERAL DIFFERENT COMPANIES, I WEAR MANY HATS ON A DAILY BASIS, TO SAY THE LEAST! I AM VERY GOOD AT MULTI-TASKING BUT ALSO COMPARTMENTALIZING ALL OF THE DIFFERENT AREAS OF MY LIFE. I HAVE TO BE VERY CONSCIOUS OF MY TIME AND VERY PRESENT IN EACH MOMENT. I ALSO PRIORITIZE SLEEP AND WELLNESS TO STAY AS HEALTHY AS POSSIBLE. ALSO, IT IS IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER TO TAKE A BREAK EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE AND TRAVEL, HAVE A GIRLS NIGHT OUT, AND TAKE A LAST-MINUTE GETAWAY! IT KEEPS THE MIND FRESH!

[BLASTER] AT THE END OF THE DAY, WHAT DO YOU HOPE PEOPLE TAKE AWAY FROM YOUR MUSIC?
ERIN DUVALL: THEY FEEL THE AUTHENTIC NATURE OF MY MUSIC, AND HOPEFULLY, IN SOME WAY, IT CAN HELP THEM GET THROUGH SOMETHING THEY MAY BE GOING THROUGH IN THEIR OWN LIVES. OR THAT THE HAPPIER SONGS PROVIDE A MOMENT OF FREEDOM! MY MUSIC WILL TAKE YOU ON A ROLLERCOASTER OF EMOTIONS, SO I JUST HOPE THAT IT MAKES YOU FEEL SOMETHING!

[BLASTER] WOULD YOU LIKE TO GIVE ANY MESSAGE TO YOUR FANS?

ERIN DUVALL: ALWAYS BE KIND AND LIVE BY THE GOLDEN RULE. WE WERE ALL MADE DIFFERENT ON PURPOSE, AND WE SHOULD CELEBRATE ONE ANOTHER’S DIFFERENCES AND LEARN FROM ONE ANOTHER BECAUSE THAT IS A BEAUTIFUL WAY OF LIFE. ALSO, YOU NEVER TRULY KNOW WHAT SOMEONE IS GOING THROUGH UNLESS YOU HAVE WALKED IN THEIR SHOES. SO, ALWAYS SHOW COMPASSION! THAT IS THE WAY THE WORLD WAS INTENDED TO BE.

[BLASTER] CAN YOU SHARE YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION FOR POSSIBLE COLLABORATIONS AND SOCIAL NETWORKS LINKS, SO FANS CAN FOLLOW YOUR WORK AND ACCESS YOUR MUSIC?

ERIN DUVALL:

Absolutely! I hang my hat on instagram (@erinduvallofficial), but I am on all social platforms! My website is www.erinduvallofficial.com and the best email address to track me down is info@erinduvallofficial.com! Look forward to hearing from you all!


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