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Britt Olsen-Ecker & Melissa Wimbish of Outcalls on ‘Blast!’ and Genre-Bending Music

podcast April 1, 2024


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In this episode of “The Truth in This Art,” host Rob Lee interviews Britt Olsen-Ecker and Melissa Wimbish of the band Outcalls. They explore the band’s genre-fusing music, their collaborative songwriting process, and the challenges of defining their eclectic sound. The duo reflects on their first creative endeavors and the role of their artistic backgrounds in shaping their current work. The conversation also delves into the excitement surrounding their upcoming single “Blast,” live performances, and their participation in Remington Fest. The episode is filled with humor, personal anecdotes, and insights into Outcalls’ creative journey and future projects. 🎤🎶

Episode Content:

  • Introductions (00:00:10) Britt and Melissa introduce themselves and talk about their roles in the band Outcalls.
  • The fusion of genres (00:04:40) The discussion about the fusion of genres in Outcalls’ music, the challenges and opportunities it presents.
  • First creative experiences (00:08:50) Britt and Melissa share their first creative experiences and how it influenced their music.
  • Themes in their music (00:13:19) The common themes in Outcalls’ music, including relationships, sexism, and venting through their music.
  • Baltimore Connection (00:17:06) Discussion about the impact of the local scene on their growth as artists and the supportive community in Baltimore.
  • Dynamic Performances (00:20:22) The experience of performing on a moving train and the ideation behind creating dynamic and theatrical performances.
  • New Single “Blast!” (00:25:04) The background and inspiration behind the new single “Blast” and the excitement for its release.
  • Upcoming Projects (00:30:19) Upcoming recital/concert, recording new music, and plans for releasing new music in the future.
  • Cheetos and Snacks (00:34:59) Discussion about favorite snacks and keeping partners happy with snacks.
  • Unexpected Inspiration (00:36:18) Exploring unexpected sources of inspiration in music, including the role of friendship.
  • Wrap-up and Future Plans (00:38:06) Promotion of upcoming events, social media, and website details for the band Outcalls. 🚀🎸

Key Takeaways:

1. Collaborative songwriting can lead to a unique fusion of genres and sounds.
2. An artist’s background and early creative experiences can significantly influence their current work.
3. Defining an eclectic sound can be challenging but is essential for a band’s identity.
4. Participation in local festivals and events can be an exciting opportunity for live performances and exposure. 🌟🎵

Website and Social Media Links:

Websites: www.brittolsenecker.com , www.melissawimbish.com
Instagram: melissawimbish, brittolsenecker
X: @brittolsenecker
LinkedIn: Britt Olsen-Ecker

If you love diving into the genre-defying world ofc Outcalls with Britt Olsen-Ecker and Melissa Wimbish, don’t stop here! Show your support by visiting their website and following their journey on social media. Every click, like, and follow means the world to artists like them.

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Link to previous Outcall episode:
https://www.thetruthinthisart.com/episodes/revelations-of-the-electronic-opera-queens-an-engaging-conversation-with-outcalls-on-music-creativity-and-feminist-perspectives.

This program is supported (in part) by a grant from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation.

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Original music by Daniel Alexis Music with additional music from Chipzard.

Episode illustration by Alley Kid Art.

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