In the vast tapestry of the music industry, some artists stand out as unique and unconventional, weaving their distinctive styles and sounds into the very fabric of creativity. Hope Easton, an indie musician with a passion for breaking boundaries and embracing her musical destiny, is one such remarkable artist. Trained as a cellist, Hope’s journey into the world of music has been a dynamic and transformative one, filled with serendipitous moments and profound realizations.
Hope Easton’s journey as an indie musician began with a plan to pursue a career as a cellist. Excelling in her craft and winning competitions, she found herself on a path that did not quite satisfy her soul. At a pivotal moment, she made courageous choices, including selling her cello, moving to LA, and rediscovering her musical calling.
In this exclusive interview, we had the pleasure of interviewing Hope Easton to delve into her musical odyssey, the inspiration that fuels her creative spirit, and the unique elements that set her apart from other musicians. Join us as we explore the challenges she has faced, her creative process, and the themes that inspire her soul-stirring lyrics.
Can you tell us about your journey as an indie musician? What inspired you to pursue a career in music?
Well, I trained as a cellist and that was my plan at 11 years old. When I was on my way and winning competitions, I wasnʼt feeling satisfied with Classical music and what I was doing. Made a few schisms in my path (acting-still doing a bit of SAG jobs etc., getting married- single ever since!) and at a turning point I sold my cello and moved to LA. Six months later I bought my cello back ( Italian 1776, not an easy
feat to accomplish). Another year or so after that I found myself playing cello for a singer-songwriter. She got signed to Hollywood Records, and we were on tour. As soon as we got to our Seattle concert, I was writing songs on the bus. I am still inspired today to write. That was my light bulb moment and I said to myself, “Oh, this is what I am supposed to be doing!”
How would you describe your unique style and sound as an artist? What sets you apart from other musicians?
I think mostly that I am a cellist first, and that instrument I think colors a lot how I sing, and of course writing on the cello is a bit different than most, guitarists and pianists, though I write and play on both of those instruments as well.
Could you share some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced as an indie musician and how you overcame them?
I am always challenging myself. Right now I need to perform and find a venue that will be promoting me. So I just keep myself creative, getting ready for another video to a new song, and keeping my ears and eyes open to perform with my musicians!
What is your creative process like? How do you approach songwriting and composing music?
I think life and all its incredible webs and vines keep me creative. We are creations so if you tune in to yourself you will find what it is you want to create. Sometimes I’m watering the plants and I start singing a melody. A lot of times just sitting to practice cello, I allow myself to play something other than scales and written music…fool around, and that always leads somewhere.
Are there any particular themes or messages that you aim to convey through your music? What inspires your lyrics?
I would say relationship themes, feelings, working to bring the spirit into our lives, believing in the best outcome, and of course Hope. Sometimes I think I have some mental songs, 3rd eye vibration maybe. One example I have a song that starts, “Fingers of Steel, what makes life a wheel. Feeling the delicacy not a trivia fantasy. And then songs of love, what is love, how do we love. And of course, I love writing about the celestial because I am an avid astrologer!
Tell us about your latest music project.
I’m so excited about this new tune and I think I will make a video. It is almost ready! I worked with a different producer on the vocals and I am really happy about the sound.
What are your long-term goals as an indie musician? Where do you see yourself and your music in the next few years?
I just want to keep my daily goal of being the best me. If that means gigging, performing, creating and writing, and singing then I will be fulfilling my goals. If by some stroke of luck, I get a Grammy in the process, that would be beyond my wildest fantasies! 🙂