Lezbelib: Can you tell us a little about your new CD? What is your "favorite" song? And can you explain why?
Rachael: The new CD came out of years of songs, old and new. It went through many "business" processes and growths. I parted ways from my old label, learned many lessons, and followed some amazing advice to work with the amazing Futcher (producer, engineer, mixer) in Vancouver. From there, everything happened pretty fast and painless. I spent a week in Vancouver, recording, had some amazing players put their stamp on my music and that was that. It was all good vibes, hard work, mutual respect and fun! Of course, I don't have a favorite song. I honestly love every song equally and I'm very excited for everyone else to feel the same way.
Lezbelib: You have a song called "Devil's Thunder", produced by Meghan Toohey, you always work with producers or do you also produce some of your songs?
Rachael: I worked with Meghan because she was a friend of mine, not because she is a producer. She just happens to be a fabulous producer, so I got lucky with that project. I never go into a recording with a producer in mind. The role usually happens by default. I can only do so much. I have some ideas, but the recordings end up being a very collaborative effort. You will see on the new record "Far and Wide" it was produced and engineered by Futcher (in Vancouver) and he had some amazing ideas and did an amazing job of producing. The players on the record are also just as responsible for the parts they play on the record.
Lezbelib: What was your writing process? Have you started with the melody, with the song?
Rachael: No process really...whatever comes first, I just go with it.
Rachael: I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to play in Europe. It all depends on the European fans spreading the word around. There needs to be a demand for me over there, amongst other things. Because I'm an independent artists it's much harder for me to get places. I have no label behind me offering the tour support to get me places. It's all up to me...and you. It's all up to everyone that buys the records. Spread the word, buy the record and I'll tour everywhere!
Lezbelib: You recently toured with BB King, how was the first meeting with him and how was the tour?
Rachael: My first time meeting BB King was our third show together. I went up to him as they were wheeling him out to the bus and said, "Hi, I'm Rachael, I've been opening for you" and he said something to the effect of "Hey! Why didn't you come say hi sooner!". But, what he doesn't realize is that he's not that accessible. Everyone and their mother tries to say hi to him as they take him to the bus. I've since toured with him twice and am going on my third tour with him in January. He's very gracious and thanks me by name on stage every night, even pulled me up on stage and hugged me one night. His band and crew have been with him many, many years and they treat me very well. They are all very supportive of me. They've even asked for my music so they can listen to it on their long bus rides, etc. I couldn't be more grateful and humbled by it all.
Lezbelib: So this year you released an EP, "Rachael Cantu EP", you toured with BB King, you're still doing concerts in the United States and your new album "Far and Wide" will be released on November 17 (digitally) and November 24 (physical), so what will happen for you in 2010?
Rachael: I hope to tour everywhere, keep writing and meeting new amazing people along the way. I will not stop. Just expect more and more and more and more.
Rachael: Karen O's "Where the Wild Things Are" soundtrack, Swell Season, La Roux, Thao with the Get Down Stay Down, and FUN. Those are a few records I've been going back and forth between.
Lezbelib: Thank you for accepting this interview with us. Finally, is there one last thing you want to tell our readers?
Rachael: Thanks to all the fans for supporting a little independent artist such as myself. It's not always easy for me, but I never want to stop because of all the love and support I receive. Thanks guys!
Each song from her album "Far and Wide" is a pleasure as "Devil's Thunder" that sounds like a gospel call. This album is really positive and was produced by Futcher from “The Be Good Tanyas”, Tegan Quin, Megan Hooney, and some other awesome people.
The CD is now available in a digital or physical version: https://rachaelcantu.bandcamp.com
You can listen to more songs from Rachael on her MySpace page: www.myspace.com/rachaelcantu
Photo credit: Rachael Cantu