Country Music Explosion:Thanks for doing this interview,Let's first start off by giving us a little background of your life(for example..things like :how life was growing up?things you liked to do?did you finish school?hobbies...ect)Hope that gives you an idea on what I mean by background)then we can proceed to the rest of the interview

Karianne Jean Perpoli:I grew up in a small desert town in Southern California called Palmdale. It’s located about 2 hours north of Los Angeles. I’ve been singing since I could talk and learning from my mom who is a wonderful vocalist herself. I started writing songs when I was 12 years old but I didn’t play instruments so I just would write lyrics and melodies. I learned how to play piano and guitar a few years ago and have been able to write full songs since then which has been very cool for me. I moved to Nashville with my long time boyfriend in May 2015 and have been writing and playing out here ever since.
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Country Music Explosion: When did you start writing music—and what or who were your early passions and influences?

Karianne Jean Perpoli:I started writing at 12 years old. As a vocalist my influences were Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston and Kelly Clarkson. I think my writing is influenced by country story telling and pop melodies with a little R&B type rhythm. I love a good “rappy” part in a song. It keeps it interesting for me.
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Country Music Explosion: What are your main impulses to write music?

Karianne Jean Perpoli:I try to write SOMETHING every day because just like working out, songwriting is a very particular muscle and if you don’t work it out every day you get sore when you do and it’s hard to jump back into. If I write SOMETHING every day then it keeps my songwriting muscle strong. Sometimes I’m more inspired than others and when I am inspired it’s usually by an emotion I’m feeling or something really clever I thought of that ignited my creativity.
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Country Music Explosion: What do you personally consider to be the incisive moments and pieces in your songwriting and/or career?

Karianne Jean Perpoli:It’s hard to say what the most important moments are because you never know what is gonna hit with the audience. I’m always surprised by what connects with people. Sometimes the songs I absolutely love to sing and loved to write aren’t the ones that connect with the audience. For example, I wrote a really silly bar song while living in LA and I just thought it was an easy listen and silly and I randomly played it for an audience once and they LOVED it. Ever since it’s become a lot of people’s favorite song haha. It’s all trial and error.
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Country Music Explosion: How would you describe and rate the music scene of the city/state you are currently living in and how important is it in terms of what you're actually writing about?

Karianne Jean Perpoli:I live in Nashville, TN which is called Music City for a reason haha. It IS the music scene especially for country music. There are so many talented people to collaborate with and inspiration around every corner. My writing has drastically improved since moving here and writing with other people.
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Country Music Explosion: When it comes to song writing, what are your criteria for quality? What are currently your main challenges and ambitions as a writer?

Karianne Jean Perpoli:There are a few things that I think make a really great song. 1.) a catchy melody; 2.) a reinvented or uniquely creative idea. 3.) the least amount of “throw away” or “filler” lines possible. I think most people are driven by melody when listening to music. If a song has ok lyrics but a great melody it still has a shot at being a great song. If a song has a terrible melody but great lyrics, it’s less likely to find success. If a song has a common topic but told in a creative or unique way AND a great melody the potential for success for the song is MUCH higher. By “throw away” lines or “filler” lines I mean lines that don’t really contribute to the theme or say anything that is overly needed or doesn’t advance the plot in some way. If you can live without the line then it’s a filler line. The goal is to create a song that has as many creative and stellar lines as possible. Filler lines are sometimes unavoidable but trying to keep it to a minimum is key. I’ve found that the more often I get to work with amazing song writer’s, the less filler lines I need to use. Co-writing with people that are better or different than me as song writer’s have made me a better writer. I can tell you right now that I can credit Angela Marie of Ottawa, Canada and Matt Rogers of Macon, Georgia with improving my songwriting skills ten-fold just by being so darn good themselves.
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Country Music Explosion: What do you usually start with when working on a new Music?

Karianne Jean Perpoli:It’s always different. If I’m writing a song a lone though with an idea I’ve had for a bit, the lyrics and melody almost always come to me before the chords. I try my best to try to write songs both ways though, starting with chords and starting with melody just to get better at being versatile. Regardless of the song though or who I’m writing with, I always start by making an outline of where the song is going to go. For example; let’s say we have a title and we have an idea of what the song is going to be about. I then write out V1. CHORUS V2. Bridge and write notes about where the song is going to go or what we are going to talk about in each section of the song so that we don’t end up painting ourselves into a corner in the first verse, or halfway through the song.
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Country Music Explosion: Tell us a bit about the selection process for deciding on what to write about, please. What sources will you draw from for research purposes and how much time goes into research, information gathering and fact-checking in general?

Karianne Jean Perpoli:Generally, we write what we know so fact checking isn’t a huge part of the game. For me, I usually get in the room with a co-writer and we both throw out titles or ideas we’ve had laying around and whatever we both can agree on for the mood and head space we are in at that moment is what we will write. Everything is used as a source for inspiration for a song 24hours a day. There is never a time that I’m not thinking about what I can make into a song and this beautiful and tragic world has no shortage of stuff to write about. There is always inspiration around every corner or sometimes staring you right in the face.
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Country Music Explosion: How do you see the role of a song writer in the creative process? Should it amplify public taste, distinguish the good from the bad, inform, promote artists, or, “illuminate, educate and entertain” fans? Do you feel that, as part of your work, music needs to be explained or should it retain its “inexplicable nature”?

Karianne Jean Perpoli:I’m not totally sure what you’re asking here how to answer this but I’ll try. Nothing happens in music without a song. It all starts with a song. Therefore the songwriter is the point person of the music industry. If songwriters don’t write great songs then there is no music that matters to people. I think it’s the job of the songwriter to tell the truth, whatever that is. How it effects people will always be different but if you tell the truth then you are doing your job.
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Country Music Explosion: In which way does writing and reading about music change the way it is perceived by the public?

Karianne Jean Perpoli:I think when people learn about what it takes to create music they gain a lot more respect for the industry. It seems easy when you’re playing Monday morning quarterback but it’s a lot more complex than most people realize. I think when people learn what is required and what goes into creating a piece of music they gain a different appreciation for the craft of creating.
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Country Music Explosion: Whom do you feel your obligation is to other artists and the fans, not writing for a publication? And, how much do you feel is songwriting restricted by external factors?

Karianne Jean Perpoli:The only obligation I feel is to myself and the fans. I am obligated to continue to grow and improve my craft to be the best I can be with the talents I’ve been given. For the fans that follow me and engage with me, I owe it to them to continue to push myself to give them the best product I can create.
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Country Music Explosion: Song writing has changed considerably over the past century. What, do you feel, could – or should - be new forms and formats for song writing?

Karianne Jean Perpoli:I’m not sure what you mean by forms or formats but I think something that needs to change are the laws that make it very hard for songwriters to make a living in this digital age. The laws that govern songwriters aren’t fair and are severely dated and need to be altered. Companies are making money from the songs these writers create but the creator isn’t the one taking in that revenue.
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Country Music Explosion: Music-sharing sites and blogs as well as a flood of releases in general are presenting both listeners and artists with challenging questions. What's your view on the value of music today?

Karianne Jean Perpoli:Music has value. It’s as simple as that. The listeners will find the good stuff and much of it is spoon fed from labels. The constant new releases are due to the short attention span of listeners. It’s the day and age we live in where everything is instantly gratified.
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Country Music Explosion: When and why did you start playing Music and/or songwriting?

Karianne Jean Perpoli:It’s just always been what I’ve loved to do and what I found I was good at.
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Country Music Explosion: Which instruments do you play?

Karianne Jean Perpoli:My strength is as a vocalist but I play some guitar and piano.
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Country Music Explosion: What was the first tune(s) you learned?

Karianne Jean Perpoli:I sang a lot of stuff when I was little but the most memorable is probably ‘Part of Your World’ when I was about 2 or 3 years old from the Disney movie ‘The Little Mermaid’
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Country Music Explosion: Is your family musical?

Karianne Jean Perpoli:Yes! My mom is a phenomenal vocalist. My grandpa (mom’s dad) is an amazing singer and songwriter as well. My dad played guitar in a band in is younger years and his brother (my uncle) has been a drummer for over 25 years.
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Country Music Explosion: Which famous musicians do you admire? Why?

Karianne Jean Perpoli:I think Kelly Clarkson is amazing. She is a huge inspiration to me and my music. Her voice is unmatched. I’ve never heard anyone sing as well as she can and I love the way she writes songs as well. She also is such a real person and isn’t afraid to be her awkward and goofy self which makes the rest of us feel comfortable being ourselves. She is the ultimate queen of all in my opinion.
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Country Music Explosion: Which famous musicians have you learned from?

Karianne Jean Perpoli:Everyone that I’ve ever listened to I’ve learned from in some way and that is a long list.
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Country Music Explosion: Do you play any instruments,if so which ones?

Karianne Jean Perpoli:Guitar and piano
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Country Music Explosion: What are your fondest musical memories? In your house? In your neighborhood or town?

Karianne Jean Perpoli:Singing in the car with my mom on long drives just the two of us.
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Country Music Explosion:Have you been in competitions? Any prizes?

Karianne Jean Perpoli:Like I said, everything I’ve ever heard has influenced me.
I’ve gotten private auditions for a couple talent type shows but that has yet to be ‘meant to be’ for me.
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Country Music Explosion:Do you perform in public? Describe those occasions? Concerts, radio, TV.online?

Karianne Jean Perpoli:I do live shows and showcases usually at least once a week. This last week I had a 4 hour show in Kentucky on Saturday night then a showcase and a writer’s round on Sunday. Next weekend I have one showcase on Saturday. It just depends on the week. I think the only way to become a comfortable performer is by doing it. Playing out everywhere that they will let you. You learn so much by playing for a crowd about what it takes to be a good performer. Things you just can’t learn any other way.
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Country Music Explosion:Are you in a band or a solo artist,if your in a band,what is the name of it

Karianne Jean Perpoli:I’m a solo artist
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Country Music Explosion:How do you handle mistakes during a performance?

Karianne Jean Perpoli:Just keep going. Don’t make a face and definitely don’t tell the crowd that you messed up. Most of the time the small mistakes people don’t even notice but they will if you tell them to lol. No one thinks it’s as big of a deal as you do so just keep going and forget it even happened.
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Country Music Explosion:Do you get nervous before a performance or a competition?

Karianne Jean Perpoli:A little nerves are good but I don’t really get nervous. I more just get excited energy. I don’t really get scared or nervous anymore which makes concentrating on the performance a lot easier.
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Country Music Explosion:What advice would you give to beginners who are nervous?

Karianne Jean Perpoli:The more nervous you are the more you need to get out there and play. The more you do it the more comfortable you will be. If you are really awkward and nervous every time before you play then you need to put yourself in those situations as much as possible. It’s the only way to get over that fear.
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Country Music Explosion:Do you attend sessions? What makes a good session?

Karianne Jean Perpoli:I’m not sure what you mean by session?
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Country Music Explosion:How often and for how long do you practice?

Karianne Jean Perpoli:Every chance I get which is usually at least for a little bit every day
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Country Music Explosion:What do you practice - exercises, new tunes, hard tunes, etc.?

Karianne Jean Perpoli:Everything. I’ve found that if you only focus on the hard or new stuff you start to forget the old stuff and that gets rusty so I practice it all
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Country Music Explosion:How do you balance your music with other obligations - friends,family, job?

Karianne Jean Perpoli:Time management. There are more hours in the day then we realize. It’s all about multi-tasking. Being smart about time use. Some weeks I’m all music all the time and some weeks I’m more pulled to make money or make dinner. I don’t shame myself for any use of my time because whatever I do is what I need or want to do and that’s ok! We’re on this planet to have fun after all.
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Country Music Explosion:Are you currently looking to be signed to a label?

Karianne Jean Perpoli:Label talk is certainly in the mix at this point. It’s all about finding the right fit.
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Country Music Explosion:Do you have any new releases coming out soon? if so,what is the name of the song and is it available now for pre-order?

Karianne Jean Perpoli:My debut EP ‘DON’T MISS’ will be available everywhere July 29th. It is currently available for pre-order on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/Dont-Miss-EP-Karianne-Jean/dp/B01I7AMKQG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1468858398&sr=8-1&keywords=karianne+jean+don%27t+miss
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Country Music Explosion:Where can your music be purchased?

Karianne Jean Perpoli:Itunes, amazon, google play, Spotify… everywhere digital music is sold & streamed!
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Country Music Explosion:Do you have social media accounts where fans can reach out to you?if so,what is the URL for them?

Karianne Jean Perpoli:I sure do! All the links can also be found on my website kariannejean.com

Twitter.com/kariannejean

Instagram.com/kariannejean

Facebook.com/kariannejeanmusic

Youtube.com/user/kariannedreammusic
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Country Music Explosion:Are you currently doing gigs?if so where?

Karianne Jean Perpoli:I play in Nashville a lot. Common places are The Row, Belcourt Taps, Puckett’s Nashville & Puckett’s Boat House Franklin. I also play gigs out in Georgia around the Lake Oconee where my dad lives & in Kentucky as well. For a full lineup of upcoming shows TRACK me on bandsintown.com/kariannejean
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Country Music Explosion:When it comes to your music,Do you have one that You're most proud of?If so what is the name of it?

Karianne Jean Perpoli:My songs are like children, I don’t pick favorites I love them all equally. I am very proud of all the music coming out on my DON’T MISS EP
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Country Music Explosion:Can you tell us if there is a story behind the song?

Karianne Jean Perpoli:There is always a story behind every song. I’ll be sharing the stories behind the songs on my ep in a video series I’m releasing on my youtube channel. The first video is up now & can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/xgc5AXBVT9w
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Country Music Explosion:Which of your song's do you feel most people can relate to? Can you tell us the story behind the song

Karianne Jean Perpoli:I hope people can relate to all of them. One of my main goals as a songwriter is to write songs people can relate to. I think a universal song off the EP is Beach Bonfire. It’s an easy summer song that isn’t meant to be overthought or over analyzed it’s just meant to give that feel good feeling!
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