Rachel  Platten

By Dani Felt (November 1, 2017)

1.What inspired your passion for music and who has been there supporting you from the beginning?

I think music has been inside of me, always present, rising and taking shape in one wave or another, whether from piano lessons since age 5, countless choirs, a capella groups, singing harmonies with my family on road trips along with our favorite best of motown tape, or the present form, actually writing, touring, performing my own songs. Fortunately, my family has been very supportive since the beginning, I remember my mother and sister sitting around me at the piano and memorizing my first terrible song, convincing me it was special.

2. How do you feel about people downloading music rather then buying physical copies?

I am actually completely fine with it – I know the “correct” answer as a musician is that people should have to pay for it, but its art, and I don’t create it for money, I create it because it has to be created. Otherwise I’d keep the songs for myself. So if my songs can reach people, I think that’s a beautiful thing, and people can determine for themselves if it is worth buying.

3..How do you feel about the music industry today?

I think its both a frightening and exciting landscape ahead of us. Frightening because there is no set way to proceed, we all must create our own paths, and it doesn’t work to copy someone else’s…but exciting for the same reason. My deal with my label for instance is exciting and empowering to me, I own all my masters still, we are partners, and we each are relying on eachother’s mutual hard work. There’s so many creative ways of partering with companies and individuals now, and the amount of access is pretty amazing.

4.Where do you see yourself five years from now?

If I should be so lucky, I would love to be touring still, hopefully with 3 or 4 successful albums worth of material I am proud of, spreading love and joy around the world!!

5. Do you think singer/songwriters are the best interpreters of their own work or do you believe some cover versions can be better then the original?

Great question! I think sometimes, anothers interpretation of a song can be a powerful vehicle for understanding and breathing life into it, and therefore, very worthwhile. I don’t think I have the ability to say one is better than the other, for while I write and sing all of my own songs, I would be so honored if another artist chose to cover one of mine.

6.Who have you always dreamt of working with and why? How would you go about accomplishing this?

I would absolutely love to work with Jack White (white stripes, raconteurs). I think he is brilliant and his writing and production truly move me. I’d also love to write with Linda Perry, I love her strong sense of self and empowering voice. Hmmm….in terms of accomplishing it….well, I guess the first step is putting it out there, so… 😉