February 14, 2010
She's a self described nomad who has incorporated elements of her travelling as
well as other bits of life into a deep, exciting hodgepodge of songs. What is
particularly homogeneous about this artist, which is quite rare for such a varied
repetoire, is the fact that her music displays a unique voice that makes it
enjoying to hear in many aspects.
It's pop without the scandal and superficial texture, with elements of rock that
aren't built to kill your eardrums, combined with singing that is as delicate
as classical music without the boredom or foreign colloquy.
Teresa Riley, or "T" as she likes to be called, has an eclectic set of
answers to my mainly plain set of questions.
PHIL: You're a great singer and an equally great songwriter. Which part of
your music is more enjoyable to do, and which is easier, in your opinion?
TERESA: Thank you very much for the compliment! That is a tough question
to answer, but I think singing is more enjoyable, but songwriting is more like
something that must be done or else I'll explode! An analogy might be that
singing is like running along a beach or dancing, and songwriting is like going
to the bathroom. And the high you get from writing a song that you like is
PHIL: Some say that your music "does not require fast forwarding to get to
the good stuff, and gets better with each listen". Would you say that your
material ages like a wine vintage, and do you believe that your fans out there
will still owns technology that features "fast forwarding"?
TERESA: All of my favorite albums usually start out with me thinking it
is just ok, with a couple stand out hits. Then after a few listens, other songs
slowly grab me, and I am in love with the whole album and my old favourite songs
are no longer my favourite songs. From what I am told, this is kind of the
affect my album has had on some people. It had it on me too, but I am way too
close to it to be objective about it.
PHIL: Tell me about "Shed Some Light". What was the inspiration behind this
TERESA: A guy, what else?!? At the time I was dating a certain someone
who was in love with me, then didn't want to be with me, then fought to get me
back, then didn't want a relationship... blah blah blah! It was the first time
I was on the other side of that coin, so I was basically saying "If you want me,
come and get me!" "Shed Some Light" also, as in "just stop screwing around and
tell me what you want so I can stop guessing!"
PHIL: If you didn't have such a passion for music, what would you see yourself
TERESA: Acting. Definitely. I am in an acting class right now, and am
pursuing that as well. I also fly airplanes to pay the bills.
Yes, I am a pilot.
PHIL: Please "shed some light" and tell me about your personal position in
regards to rap.
TERESA: Go Eminem! I love you!
Phillip Hong is a presenter on AMPM, combining some great indie music with
quotes and interviews.