An Interview With LolitaVampiress
Lolita Vampiress before the interview
Dan Goldstein, curator and webmaster at AudioSparks Art Sales speaks with Lolita.
D We are pleased to have in the studio with us today
Lolita Vampiress, blog mistress and staff composer at
AudioSparks Art sales. Thanks so much for joining us,
L My pleasure, honey.
D Listen, Lol. I know the audience would love to hear
just a little about your background. I understand you grew
up in a very creative environment.
L Well, on my Dad’s side. Dad was a painter. He used
to take me with him when he would show at the fairs and so
on. People would ask me questions about the art and over the
years I just became very comfortable talking about painting.
D That is so neat. And you had musical training as
L I was a pretty good oboist. Eventually I got sick of
struggling with the reeds and found composition so much more
D So now you bring your music and art background
together for the AudioSparks blog?
L Yup, it has really been great. Even though a lot of
music has been written with art in mind or inspired by art,
the music we write for AudioSparks presentations is
specifically for the art, to enhance the viewer’s experience
of the art. I try in the blogging to connect the dots a
little between the music and the art. Of course we use the
narratives to promote the art sales as well. That’s the
business after all.
D I know a lot of folks have enjoyed your writing over
the years, Lol. I sure have. And since you bring up the
notion of sales promotion, maybe you could share with us the
work the site has been doing recently to promote the acrylics
on vinyl collection of Holly Jackson.
L Oh, with pleasure! Holly is so cool! And her work is
so fresh! The whole genre of painting with acryllic on old
vinyl records has just taken off in the past 5 years or so.
There are some wonderful artists taking very unique
approaches with the medium, but the common thread is to
feature a musical subject, usually a musician or a musical
instrument. Holly has done a big collection of musical
instruments. She is a ukulele player and there are 3 pieces
featuring uke, not to mention 6 more of acoustic, electric,
and bass guitar. There is a super cute one which I
commissioned myself of an oboe coiling around the record. A
little mouse is nibbling away at the reed. Holly combines a
realistic style with a sense of humor and playfulnes that is
just delightful. These are true collectors items.
D So you are selling them straight from the site?
L In this case we are feeding traffic to Holly’s
Shopify site. These are original works. Holly is asking $30
for each one. I suspect we will eventually get one or two buyers
that recognize the value here and scoop up the lot.
D Would you like to share the sales link here, Lol.
L Sure. That would be great. View Holly’s product
D I understand that you are currently working on a
collaboration for one of Holly’s instrument paintings – a
bass guitar I believe?
L Yes – the piece is called “metal bass”. We are
having a blast. Joe Loss laid down an awesome bass guitar
track. Burt Philbrick laid down the guitar. I’ve been
writing the choir and voice effects, and plugging in the drum
loops. It’s coming along pretty nicely. You can have a
listen to that as well next to Holly’s painting at the site.
Here is that link. Check out Holly’s “Metal Bass” with audio at AudioSparks.
D Yea. I had a listen. Joe’s track is slick.
I know you have been featuring the track in process at
your composer’s sharing site. It is really great how
you share work in process. What is your philosophy behind that?
L Well basically everyone needs feedback. And feedback
of course is more useful when we are in the thick of creating
than when we have more or less finished something. So I just
try to put up decent versions of first takes and sections.
On some level, whatever I post is quality, but I allow for
the warts and blemishes that are unavoidable in early
development projects. It also helps fight off the loneliness
of creative process to be sharing on a regular basis. I
recommend sharing work in process to everyone.
D Lolita, it is always so nice sitting with you. I wish
you lots of luck with Holly’s promotion and also with your
writing. Thanks so much.
L You got it, honey!