Great company…...Mom’s house……lots of great music…your best friend’s house when their parents were out of town….and of course, the legendary comedy stylings of the one-and-only, Kid-N-Play.
Yes, these are all of the delightful (and most nostalgic!!) elements that spring to mind whenever we hear the phrase, House Party.
Isn’t that right, every guy in the ’90s who had the classic Kid haircut? You know you did.
However, since we all know that history has a fancy way of repeating itself (minus that ‘do), the term house party has actually come quite to reinvented life as of late and can now be reveled in as a rising live music genre that isn’t so much keg stands…..as it is more an intimate gathering of friends and fam who just want to hang out and vibe along to some really groovy jams.
Plus, there’s snacks involved! See? Just like Mom’s house.
Tonight, sassy, spunky Aussie diva Shelley Segal (you must go here) are about to take over the spotlight, err, living room at a private house soiree right here in Philly with her dreamy, folk-ed up music vibes (it’s top secret, but Ms. Shelley might have you covered if you click this), but before she takes a seat to wow twenty-to-thirty of her closest friends, she stopped by to spill with Philly Mixtape about her background, why live music is just so damn important in her life and our lives, and also why we (meaning..you) should ALL be paying attention to the private “house party” scene not just in Philly, but all over because a tremendous talent might be taking over right next door to you…and we all need to be ready.
But for right now, this tremendous talent is about to spill all of the music tea, so, please, break those live music mugs for the fabulous, Shelley Segal.
First, spill for everyone a little bit about your sauce-y musical background…. I grew up in a musical family, so I was surrounded by music from an early age. I used to do my homework at my dad’s band rehearsals. He is a singer and violin player and he had a Jewish function band that would play at weddings, bar-mitzvahs, anniversaries, parties. So, basically my dad was Adam Sandler! I always loved singing – there is a video of me singing Phil Collins’ Gwoovy Kind of Wuv at 2 and half years old. I started writing songs at 11 – the same year I started singing in my Dad’s band. I played piano and guitar and I started performing my original material when I was 15 around venues in my hometown of Melbourne as well as regular cover gigs. Life is good!
Who are some of your favorite musicians you’ve looked up to for inspiration along your path? My favorite artists growing up were fierce female songwriters like Alanis Morissette and Ani Difranco, Sarah Mclachlan. I also loved rootsy sounds like Ben Harper and I was always most inspired by artists that had something to say. Katie Noonan from Aussie band George. I also loved singers with huge powerful voices like Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston. During college, I got into singing jazz standards at gigs and fell in love with greats –Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone. I was also very inspired by Frank Zappa – another artist with so much to say. Nowadays, I still look to folk artists for my inspiration. Prolific song writers like Mark Kozelek and stunning soundscapes from Tiny Ruins and Brighter Later.
Now, let’s dish about the house party scene in Philly…..many may not know actually know that it’s actually quite alive and thriving. In your own fierce words, how would you best describe it? House parties are really one of the most amazing ways to share music. It’s intimate, audiences are open as are the artists and it’s a very special connection that can be made. You can sit closer than at any venue and hang out with the artists afterwards. My host for this upcoming event has held concerts at his house before so it can become a regular stop on your tour. Folks bring food, take photos, I’ve even had a post gig jam at a house concert before!
Live music is SUCH a key ingredient in surviving damn life itself. What was the first concert you ever went to and what did it do to help direct your music path? I used to go see live music with my parents from a very young age but the first concert I went to that was for an artist I really wanted to see was when a friend took me to see Jewel. She was all by herself, just singing with her guitar at the Palais Theatre – one of my favorite venues and she absolutely owned the stage. It was powerful to see what was possible in that regard. I love going to see shows and getting lost in the stories and songs. When I hear a good artist it makes me feel like it was exactly what I needed. Sometimes I feel so inspired I have to run outside to record something on my phone because it gives me so many ideas for songs when I hear things done perfectly.
What’s on your agenda for the rest of this year or maybe the next couple of years? This year is absolutely crazy! I am releasing my 6th original project HOLY‘ this month and am currently in the middle of a 25 date US tour! I’ll be traveling soon to London to perform a new anthem that I created for Ex-Muslims. In May, I’ll be doing a West Coast Tour for HOLY, then traveling to Australia to tour the record and see friends and family. I’m also working hard on my patron account – a subscription service where I share new content each week with my subscribers. I’ve also started running group song writing sessions with my fans/subscribers which has been really amazing. I’ll be touring and releasing each year growing bigger! I also want to release more home recordings and activist music such as The Watershed – a conservation EP I’ve written with biologist Dan Lombardo. Lots of cool collaborations coming!
What can Philly fans expect from your upcoming show tonight??! Fans can expect to see an old school folk experience mixed with a rocky edge. Lots of story-telling, acoustic guitars, protest songs that meld into heavier mercurial moments, belting, growling over fast paced strumming. Songs that will challenge you, make you think, express and elicit a love of life and also make you feel beautiful!
And there you have it, kids. For much more with the fabulous Ms. Shelley Segal, you should absolutely check this out..right now.
Are you a local or legendary entertainer who’s simply slaying it in your craft? Well, don’t ever be shy about any of it and take a fabulous seat at the table with Philly Mixtape right here and here and let’s spill about it…all. Sound good? Always.
Ms. Shelley Segal cover photo courtesy of Mixtape Media, LLC