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BGS 5+5: Birdtalker

Aug 14, 2018

BGS 5+5: Birdtalker

Artist: Birdtalker
Hometown: Nashville, Tennessee
Latest Album: One

Which artist has influenced you the most … and how?

It’s hard to answer with only one artist, as different artists resonate at different times and for different reasons. Right now I’m inspired by listening to other artists in Nashville and soaking in the creativity of our community, like Groh, Sad Penny, Juan Solorzano, Lonas, Jeremy Larson, Becca Mancari, the list goes on! – Dani Green & Zack Green

What other art forms — literature, film, dance, painting, etc — inform your music?

If I’m not engaged with good, thought-provoking books, I’m not really inspired to write songs. The two go hand in hand for me. – Dani

What was the first moment that you knew you wanted to be a musician?

It’s difficult to pare it down to a moment, as my narrative has had the thread of music moving through it since I can remember (conducting symphonies on CDs and tapes as a 3-year-old, taking piano lessons when I was young, growing up in an a capella-singing church, participating in choruses & school bands, etc). If I had to narrow it down to a moment, it would be the moment I picked up my mom’s classical guitar after my our move from Washington state to Nashville. It became an obsession and loyal, constant companion as I navigated the new and difficult social dynamics of starting a new school in a new city. – Zack

What rituals do you have, either in the studio or before a show?

Before every show we group hug. We put our arms around each other, push our hips in, look each other in the eye say nice things. – Dani

Which elements of nature do you spend the most time with and how do those impact your work?

Well, we live with 3 animals, and I think their presence is very grounding. They have nothing to hide. And their cuddles are therapeutic. They remind us to keep it real. – Dani

Photo credit: Gavin Nutt

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BGS 5+5: Birdtalker
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