Andrea Godin is a Dance / R&B singer and performing artist from Ontario Canada. Despite Andrea’s increasingly busy schedule gigging at a variety of popular venues throughout Canada we were delighted when she spared a few moments to complete a full feature interview for Essential Pop. Read on to find out about how Andrea became interested in music, what she’s currently working on and given a choice what famous musicians and performing artists she would like to collaborate with in the future.
Q: If you could classify your music in a genre or a number of genres what would it be?
After years of experimenting with different genres and styles, I feel like I’ve finally found my sound. I would classify my music as a mixture of pop, dance, & R&B genres.
Q: What is your musical background?
I started singing when I was 11 years old. Everyone asks me where I got my voice from and I always say that I have no clue because no one in my family is musical! haha Once I did my first solo performance, I couldn’t wait to get back on stage. Ever since then I’ve performed in Canada and the U.S. at venues such as The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland and the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. I started playing guitar when I was 14 which lead to songwriting. Guitar was an awesome writing tool for me so I’m so glad I learned how to play it. Ever since then, I’ve had lots of airplay, done hundreds of performances, and have done many exciting things like interviews on tv, and in radio and magazines.
Q: How was 2010 for you?
2010 was an awesome year for me! I released my debut album of original music which was a huge and exciting accomplishment. I worked so hard on the music for that album and it was a great feeling once it was finally released. The songs on that cd received radio airplay in Canada and the U.S., were published on national television, and I got to perform them on tv as well as high profile venues like The Opera House and The Mod Club in Toronto.
Q: Who inspires you musically?
The people I write and record my songs with are a huge inspiration to me. They’ve taught me so much and are awesome people to work with. Also, the people who support me, like my friends and family, are such an inspiration to me and it would be so hard to do what I do without their support.
Q: Which modern day artists do you look up to?
There are several idols that I look up to. My main idol is definitely Beyonce. Her voice is amazing, her songs are unique, she’s a great songwriter, and her stage presence is flawless. Those qualities are everything I aspire to have. I also look up to Alicia Keys. I think she’s a true artist and doesn’t try to imitate anyone else’s music. Other artists I look up to are Leona Lewis, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, and Christina Aguilera.
Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?
I think most artists would love to collaborate or gig with their idol. As I mentioned before, mine is Beyonce. Maybe one day if I work hard enough, then I can make that happen. Even to open for her would be a dream come true. Anything is possible!
Q: What songs are on your ipod at the moment?
I listen to many different genres, but my ipod has tons of dance and urban music on it. Wynter Gordon just released her new EP and one of the songs on it, “Still Getting Younger”, is one of my favorite songs right now! Beyonce also just released her new album, so I’ve had that playing over and over again! Other artists I’ve been listening to a lot include Nicki Minaj, Avicii, Chris Brown, and Lady Gaga.
Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?
I have many different ways of writing a song. Sometimes I have a melody and lyrics in my head, and then I grab my guitar and find the perfect chords to go along with them. Other times, I do it the opposite way and have the chords first and come up with melody and lyrics after. Once I get to the production and recording part of a song, I usually begin with the drums and chords. Once I lay those tracks down with my producer, I then record my vocals and add all the other instruments and details that I was hearing for the song. It’s always an awesome feeling once you finish a track you’ve worked so hard on!
Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?
I think they are both equally important. Melody and lyrics both compliment eachother and they are both really important elements in a song. You can have the most beautiful melody, but if the lyrics are crappy, they wont do the melody justice and vice versa. When I’m writing, I pay equal attention to the melody and lyrics to make sure they are strong.
Q: Where are you based?
I am based in a small town in Ontario, Canada called St. George. The music scene here is almost non-existent because it’s so small. Thankfully, I only live about an hour from Toronto where there are tons of musical opportunities and I’ve definitely taken advantage of that!
Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?
Where I’m from it’s very difficult for my genre of music to fit in. Nearly every band and festival around here is either geared towards country or rock music so sometimes it’s difficult to find gigs. As I said in the previous question, I live close to Toronto, so that basically solves this problem.
Q: What are you currently working on?
I am currently in the writing process of my next single which I will be releasing on iTunes. My last single was more of a down-tempo pop/r&b song so I want my next release to be a fun upbeat party tune! I’ve already written several and right now I’m deciding which one I like the best and which one I think would be the perfect song to record. Other than that, I’ve been working on promoting my music by doing magazine, radio, and television interviews and getting airplay, music reviews, and articles.
Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?
I think the most exciting part of my career has been hearing my songs on the radio and tv. After putting so much hard work and dedication into a song, it feels like such an accomplishment when you know so many people are hearing your music. When I record a song, one of my goals is to have as many people as possible hear and enjoy it. I think I’ve definitely achieved that goal throughout the past few years!
Q: What are you hoping to achieve in 2011?
I have many goals for the rest of 2011. I will begin recording my new single, get more airplay, and work on getting more interviews and publishing. I will continue to work on my new show with my band and finally get back to performing. I’ve had many awesome things happen so far this year and there are many more to come!
Q: Do you have any gigs or shows that you’d like to tell us about?
I’ve been really busy getting my new show and band together. I haven’t booked any gigs because I wanted to make sure that my show would be fully ready. It’s going to be huge and I’m so excited to get back on stage and show everyone what I’ve been working on!
Q: What do you do to relax?
When I’m not working on music, I like to get together with my friends and catch up. I also love shopping, I do that whenever I have the time to, and I enjoy fishing as well, it’s definitely very relaxing.
Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?
Keep your eyes open, there’s lots more exciting things to come! I hope you enjoyed this interview, it would be awesome to hear from you on one of my social networking sites. Thanks and all the best!
Editor’s Note: Andrea Godin’s sensuous, original yet commercial vocals fit effortlessly onto some banging tracks to create an appealing popular R&B sound. We’re looking forward to her next song on iTunes at Essential Pop.
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