Angela Angel’s: A Poetic Soul
Every artist has their own unique path and approach to music, and Angela Angel’s’ has taken her all over the U.S., from Los Angeles to New York to Miami and Washington D.C.. A gifted poet, she combines her lyrical ability with her singing and songwriting skills to create her own self-reflective style. Progressive Man is happy to have had a chance to speak with Angela Angel’s about how she came to be where she is in music.
Hi Angela, thanks for taking the time to speak with us today! How did you first get into music? Did it start when you were a kid?
My parents both loved music. My dad listened to music from all over the world and my mom was a gifted piano player. When I was five, she started me with a private piano instructor. I wrote many songs during my “angsty” phase in middle school. I started expressing myself through my music, and I have never given that up.
How did your parents feel when you first told them you planned on pursuing music? Were they supportive?
They just want to know I am happy, and that I have a job that pays the bills.
You were raised in Los Angeles and after having moved all across the U.S. have now landed in Seattle. Have you ever considered moving back to L.A. in pursuit of your budding music career?
No, because I don’t feel I have to live in LA to be successful in music. I can make my art wherever I want to live and wherever I am happy.
Now, the song of yours that we’re featuring is actually a remix of your song Gypsy Streets. The original version of Gypsy Streets has a very jazz/blues feel to it. Did you grow up around those styles of music or was it a taste you acquired on your own?
Having familial roots in the Caribbean and Central America, I grew up listening to calypso and salsa music.
My music taste expanded as I acquired different friends and was exposed to their lifestyles. I was introduced to the music of Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock and many other greats, and fell in love with Nina Simone and Sarah Vaughan.
What went into the creation of the original Gypsy Streets? Is it based on a specific personal experience?
The beautiful talents of artists named Joel Ceballos, Milo De Cruz, Connor Leewood, Jeff Jansen, and David Poe went into the creation of the original Gypsy Streets.
As far as it being based on a personal experience, I was trying to figure out what to do with my life and what I wanted from it. I was exploring relationships, love, who I was, and who I wanted to become. This song closely captures that time.
I know you also happen to be a poet. Do you approach lyric writing the same way as you do poetry writing? Do you find one to be easier than the other?
They are the same for me. One form is not easier to produce than the other because both demand me to express an intimacy of feelings. In 2009 I met artist Joel Ceballos in LA, and he agreed to record music with me.
I told him I had been writing a lot of poetry. He looked at some poems and said to me, “What you have here is music.” He showed me how to turn my poems into music. We would take my poems, line by line, and make songs. He started playing the piano and I had to sing my poems and make music.
The whole process was frightening to me. So really, my music has always started with my poetry.
So what made you decide on remixing Gypsy Streets as opposed to any other of your songs?
I became friends with a talented DJ named Mouss. He liked that particular song and he asked to re-work it, and I let him.
The result of the remixing was a shift to a more electronic sound, similar to that of Telepopmusik’s “Breathe.” Which do you personally prefer? The original or the remix?
I appreciate both. To me they are the same song but with different expressions.
What projects do you have lined up now? Are you recording anything new right now or lining up show dates?
I recently recorded one of The Doors masterpiece’s “Riders On The Storm” with San Francisco’s music duo MOMU (Looq Records). The song is on their new album From There to Here-Volume 2, http://www.thisismomu.com
My newest EP, Poulet Noir, recorded with Brooklyn producer Hans Hsu was recently released, https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/angela-angels/id507505969
Currently, I am working on more music with multiple artists and hanging out at open mics in Seattle.
Thank you Angela! Where can people go to find your music?
Thank you for allowing me this opportunity and supporting my music!
Check out my music ANGELA ANGEL’S (with an apostrophe) on iTunes, Bandcamp, and Soundcloud.
If you have any booking inquiries, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org