Blondfire is the first unsigned act to hit the No. 1 spot on the iTunes Alternative chart!  Although they are from LA,  there they have a happy and fun Bresilien vibe that makes their sound unique and interesting.  Their latest work "Young Heart" is already showing a positive response from their fans and radios across the nation with the fisrt single Where The Kids Are.   If Blondfire's music seems familiar to you, it is that you could be remembering it from the movies or tv shows in which it has been featured.  For instance, Besties and Get a Job; on TV via ESPN’s Australian Open Tennis, The Client List, MTV’s Awkward and The Collection, and in an ad for Ecco shoes.  For more info on this band and tour dates, visit:
Interview by: Valerie Bastien
Valerie: Please introduce yourself and your music.
Erica: Hi I'm Erica Driscoll.  Lead singer, co-writer with my brother Bruce, and musician from the band blondfire.
Valerie: Talk about how your American-Bresilien roots have influenced your music.

Erica: Growing up surrounded by Brazilian music has definitely influenced our sense of melody and rhythm.  We tend to write bittersweet melodies and a lot of our songs have interesting drum parts.

Valerie: You have just released “Young Heart”; what makes you proud?

Erica: I guess we're just proud for people to hear what we've been creating and working on in our studio.  Hopefully, they'll love it as much as we do!

Valerie: Tell us about your first single Where The Kids Are. What is it about and why did you feel it was the right choice for the first single?
Erica: There's a common theme running through the new album about living in the moment and enjoying life.  The energy of Where The Kids Are just felt like a natural opener and introduction, embodying that sentiment.
Valerie: What was your reaction the first time you heard yourself on the radio?
Erica: It's always an exciting thing to hear your song on the radio for the first time.  It somehow makes things feel "real" hearing it come on while driving around in your car.  We were recently in Lubbock Texas on our current tour and just happened to turn the radio on to catch our song playing.  It was pretty cool to be so far from home and hear it.
Valerie: Tell me about two songs that are contrasting in styles on the album.
Erica: A song like Win The Game shows more of a mellow side to us and has a bit more of a straight forward love theme maybe compared to some of the other songs like Kites, or Right Gone Wrong.  
Valerie: What song is the most personal and meaningful to you?
Erica: "Young Heart"!
Valerie: What song on the album represents who the band is the best?
Erica: They're all bits and pieces of our personality and who we are.
Valerie: The music business is very competitive. As a new band, how do you stand out and stay relevant with your music?
Erica: We might seem new, but my brother and I have been doing this in some form since we were very young.  What made a difference for us is sticking to our guns, following our hearts, and doing as much as we can on our own.
Valerie: Where and when can we see and hear you play? 
Erica: We're currently on tour with Awolnation, and we'll be touring with Foals and Surfer Blood after that.  We're also playing a bunch of great summer festivals like Lollapalooza, Firefly Festival, and Kanrocksas.  So chances are we're coming to your city!

Valerie Bastien is a vocal coach, teacher, musician and freelance journalist.
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