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ig-news-digest        friday, january 16 2009        volume 11 : number 001

today's subjects:
  [ig-news] amy q&a from clarion-ledger  [sherlyn koo <sherlyn@pixelopolis.c]


date: fri, 16 jan 2009 11:27:11 +1100
from: sherlyn koo <>
subject: [ig-news] amy q&a from clarion-ledger

hey folks,

here's an interview with amy from the clarion-ledger in mississippi.  you
can read it online at


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january 15, 2009

q&a with amy ray of the indigo girls
kyle doherty

amy ray, otherwise known as half of the indigo girls, embodies the
do-it-yourself spirit of punk rock, operating her label daemon records
since 1990.

she released didn't it feel kinder, her third solo album, in august 2008.
catch her at proud larry's in oxford 9 p.m. saturday.

q: what's it like doing solo albums when you've been doing the indigo girls
for so long?

a: for me it just felt really freeing and kind of opening a new door. and
it gave me a lot of energy with the indigo stuff as well and it let me
collaborate with the community i've been a part of. it really improved my
writing with (bandmate) emily (saliers) to have this other creative outlet.

q: your new album is much mellower than your previous two. did you feel a
need to mix things up?

a: it was just the writing. partly (also) because i made the conscious
decision to use a producer to challenge me and broaden my musical horizons
and from that came a more melodic approach along with more punk rock songs.

q: you've had your own record label for almost 20 years now. from that
perspective, how has the industry changed?

a: oh wow, it's so different. when digital came out it really shifted
access to resources. it opened a lot of doors. with media (companies) like
radio and print media and tv in '96, there was a lot of deregulation so it
really hurt the artists' chances to get exposure because the record labels
all merged together.

when the internet came busting through with all the diy and social
networking, it kind of helped the situation.

one of the things with record labels themselves is that they came from the
perspective of developing artists in the '80s when we were coming up and it
just shifted into doing short-term contracts and didn't give them the time
to develop their craft.

we got kind of the benefit of coming up at the right time.

q: do you think the internet is the solution to that or is it more with
small labels like your own?

a: the problem is that you have to really know how to manage yourself. you
need someone sometimes to give you perspective ... and also, nothing can
replace the touring and live music.

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