Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Local Artist Spotlight - RIVKA - August 2011

RIVKA is our featured local artist for the month of August. The band is an electronic duo featuring Reggie Wilkins and Rebecca Dulberg. They met while attending the University of Pittsburgh (Rebecca is now a junior) at a jam session and realized they had common interests. They soon formed the project RIVKA. Below you can find our interview with the band along with some of their songs streaming. You can find more information on the band here: http://rivka.bandcamp.com/

How did the band come together? Were you all friends that went to school? or?

We met at a spontaneous jam session at the University of Pittsburgh and discovered we had common music interests.

 How would you describe your sound to someone who has never heard you?

Our music is still evolving, as it is a very new project and combination of ideas. Our aim, however, is to achieve a warm ambience that evokes nostalgic days of summer and youth through the use of icy soundscapes, passive vocals, and grooving beats.

Are you all originally from the Pittsburgh area? Families here as well?

Reggie Wilkins is originally from Washington, DC. He moved out here to attend the University of Pittsburgh, from which he graduated with a degree in architectural studies this past spring. Rebecca Dulberg is originally from Miami, Florida and also moved to Pittsburgh to attend the university. She will be a junior in the fall of 2011. Both Reggie and Rebecca’s families still reside in their hometowns.

Do you all create music full time or is this more of a part time venture?

Reggie has committed to making music a full time hobby since his recent college graduation, while Rebecca is still attending school and working on music in her free time.

Do you have day jobs?

Reggie gives piano lessons and has a paid position as a church pianist. Rebecca is a full time student and provides child care during most afternoons.

How do you create your music? What is the song writing process?

Reggie writes the music for the songs and some of the lyrics, while Rebecca creates ambient melodies in addition to lyrics. Our friend, John Chriest of Ivory Weeds, gave us a copy of Logic Express and that’s when the music really began to happen for us. Reggie was able to experiment with different synthesizers and drums, while Rebecca took advantage of vocal effects. We both just have a lot of fun with it and are pretty much addicted to the creative process.

What are your goals for the band? What would you like to accomplish?

Are you trying to get signed to a label?If the opportunity presents itself, it would be nice to find a label. Our goals are to keep pushing RIVKA out into the music world as much as possible and have it reach more and more ears because we love what we do and want to see where it goes.

What advice would you give to local acts trying to make it?

Putting our stuff up online was really helpful for spreading the music around. It has reached blogs overseas and we have networked with other musicians who were enthusiastic about discovering our music and sharing their own.

Have you all toured nationally? Or do you usually stay more regionally?

For the most part we have stayed regionally. However, we played a show in Miami, Florida this past May and are currently planning a mini tour in the Northeast.

What are some of the obstacles you face trying to create some 'success' in Pgh?

Pittsburgh is such a small city, which makes it more difficult to branch out and network with other musicians. We would like to discover more developing artists with music similar to ours.

What are the positive benefits of being in the area?

Because it is such a small city, there is a familial feeling in the music scene. Local artists are supportive of one another and it is common to see the same faces at our shows.

Is there a venue you have enjoyed playing more than others in the area?

We have enjoyed house venues the most so far, for example The Beach House. The shows are free and the atmosphere is vibrant and filled with a true love for music.


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