Violinist Lindsey Stirling turned to the moon for inspiration for new album and comic book series – Daily News
Lindsey Stirling could hardly have known a more abrupt and dramatic end to her musical activities than what happened when the pandemic struck in early 2020.
The violin star was on a plane with his dancers, band and crew en route to South America to begin a leg of his “Artemis” tour, when it was learned that the tour was canceled and he was time to turn around and go back to Los AngÃ¨le. Unsurprisingly, it took a minute to figure out what had just happened.
âAt first I really thought my agent and manager were just overprotective,â Stirling recalled in a recent phone interview. âI was like, I can do this. We’re healthy, we’re good,â¦ So I called (my manager) and I said, ‘Please let us do this. My crew, they are all ready to stay. And they basically told me it was more important than management and officers. It is not a choice. You’re coming home. It was just such a shock.
Stirling spent the early part of the pandemic in Missouri with her family before eventually returning home to Los Angeles, where she straddled the remainder of the lockdown. Now that the COVID-19 restrictions are relaxed, she has finally resumed her âArtemisâ tour (named after her latest album, released in fall 2019). His show, which arrives in LA on August 30 and San Diego on August 31, is getting a makeover from where it was when the outlet was pulled out on the tour.
âWe decided to completely redo all the costumes, one because they were so worn out on the last tour,â Stirling said. âIt’s kind of the thing I’ve been creative with lately, even like going into the fabric district and picking out the fabrics myself and designing them. I’m super handy with all of this and it’s really fun for me.
âAnd now I’ve had more time to see what the fans like about the album,â she said. âI got to see which songs and which things they (responded to) the most. So I’m changing the set a bit depending on what I’ve seen over the (last few months).
The new show features the two main components that have made Stirling unique in the modern music scene – a diverse lineup of songs from his five albums that place his violin in a dynamic context heavily influenced by electronic music and a lot of choreography for Stirling and his four dancers.
Stirling began to develop her approach to sound and performance almost 15 years ago, when she launched her You Tube channel. She really started to stand out online after appearing on “America’s Got Talent” in 2010, generating enough activity for her to be signed by Lady Gaga’s manager, Troy Carter.
This led to the release of Stirling’s self-titled debut album in 2012. Three more albums followed over the next five years as she refined her classic and EDM sound and toured several times.
“Artemis” is arguably Stirling’s most ambitious musical endeavor to date. As well as including 13 songs, the project also includes a six-part comic book series that tells the story the album is based on and videos for several of the songs, making it a true multimedia project.
Stirling entered the “Artemis” project after an album, “Brave Enough”, on which she struggled with loss and grief over the deaths of her father and best friend. She was in a much better position emotionally and wanted the next album to reflect both the past phases of her life and the much happier person she had become.
âWhen I thought about the concepts and artwork for the album and so on, I kept drawing the moon. It kept coming back into the artwork, âStirling said. âAnd I like that the moon goes through phases. And the phrase came to my mind that just because the moon is covered in shadow doesn’t mean it isn’t there yet. There was a time in my life when I felt so covered with sadness, grief, depression, shadow, whatever it was that I felt like I had lost myself. I no longer knew what I was doing. But then I felt myself coming back. Oh, it’s not that I was gone. It’s not that I lost who I am. It was because I was covered in shadow. And then I really started to wonder who the moon goddess is?
In Greek mythology, this goddess is Artemis.
“So it all started more with the concept of the moon, then I became fascinated with” Oh my God, Artemis is the moon goddess and she is that strong and fierce warrior who is also the huntress, but also she is gentle and she feeds. She is the goddess of fertility, âexplained Stirling. âI thought that was such a cool metaphor for women. We can be strong and fierce, but we also have that special nurturing side. So I fell in love with what she represents in every way and this story kind of flowed from it in a very organic way.
If you are going to
Los Angeles: Monday, August 30 at 7 p.m. Microsoft Theater, 777 Chick Hearn Court. $ 29.50 to $ 265, axs.com
San Diego: Tuesday, August 31 at 7 p.m., San Diego Civic Theater, 233 A St., $ 26- $ 189, ticketmaster.com