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Meet a Musician: Lindsey Cole’s Music Career Includes Disney and Her Dad | Entertainment


Lindsey Cole’s great-grandfather had a traveling bluegrass band. His grandfather was a guitarist in this band. And his father also played the guitar.

It was named after Lindsey Buckingham, lead singer of Fleetwood Mac.

“So I really had no choice but to go into the music business,” Cole said. “It was natural for music to become a focal point in my life.”

Over the course of his career, he’s dabbled in multiple genres, from Disney covers to hard-core rock. In a recent interview, he talked about trying to challenge himself in college, playing in a band called Community Service with his dad, and his dread of having multiple romantic interests interact during a show.

How did you get interested in music?

I was born and raised in Winston-Salem, went to school in North Forsyth and later Appalachian State and Methodist University.

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I had always had a guitar but wasn’t very interested in playing it when I was a kid. I played baseball. But I ended up going to another college and didn’t have much in common with the kids at that school. So I took a group. For some reason I thought it would be fun to learn to play the alto saxophone. And I understood quite quickly.

But I realized that the speed at which I understood didn’t matter. You’re in this big class with a bunch of other kids just learning their instruments. And if they don’t get it quickly, you’ll still play “Mary Had a Little Lamb” for three months. So I struggled because I wasn’t challenged.

On Friday we kind of had that free day where we were allowed to hang out and do whatever we wanted. This kid, Sam Robinson, who’s now in a great local band called Marvelous Funkshun, brought his guitar. I told him that I also had a guitar. And Sam, without hearing me play, signed us up for a talent show six weeks later. We played “Twist and Shout” by The Beatles and got a great reaction. That’s when I thought, “This is what I’m supposed to do.”

What are some of your influences?

I am very broad in what I do myself, stylistically. But going back to that first time playing in front of people, the Beatles have always been important to me.

I’m a huge Jason Isbell fan. This guy, I think he’s one of the greatest songwriters of this generation. I love it.

As far as guitarists go, Zakk Wylde is probably my #1. I love how he can walk the bluesy, emotional guitar line, but he still knows how to turn on the afterburner when needed and get dirty a little.

How would you describe your music?

Genre-wise, I’m all over the place, but the two consistent ways I would describe my music are raw and accessible. I write what I feel, and I know what I feel will connect with things someone has felt at some point. And I like to tap into the human experience in that way. I also like to write things that will be digestible. As much as I love progressive, complex compositions, I love writing catchy, direct music, whether it’s rock ‘n’ roll, whether it’s country. It’s kinda my MO

What does your creative process look like?

Generally, when I write, I start first with the musical composition. Almost always, 99% of the time. If I’m practicing or trying to improve, I’ll come across a little melodic phrase or something that resonates with me, and then I’ll sit down and find a main chord progression and the basic structure. Once I get to that point, I try to feel. I try to paint an emotional landscape that I can then add character to.

And at that point, I spend a lot of time singing gibberish over those chords trying to let the melody find itself. But once the melody is found, I come to the lyrical part of the process. I try to write the lyrics according to the motif of the song and the cadence of the melody. What people connect to in music are the lyrics, and it’s important to make sure those lyrics are right for the composition.

How were your Disney covers born?

I spent some time in Orlando working as a photographer for Disney theme parks. A few people contacted me and said it would be fun to do a Disney song cover. I think I did “A Whole New World” first. And that kind of stuff turned into people throwing more Disney suggestions at me. Something about those Disney songs really touched people, so I responded by taking the opportunity to reinvent them a bit.

If you could open an exhibition for any artist, who would it be and why?Have you ever sung karaoke or sung in the shower, and if so, what do you sing?

I’m known for doing karaoke and I’m 100% a shower singer. My favorite is “You Give Love a Bad Name” by Bon Jovi. From time to time, I do “I Want It That Way” by the Backstreet Boys.

Do you have a favorite song that you enjoy performing?

My favorite right now is the one I wrote and recorded with a band called Idol Threat, called “Life Finds a Way.” It’s just a simple, fun rock ‘n’ roll song. And that means a lot to me. The idea is that no matter what kind of adversity has been thrown at you, what has been thrown at you, you are still standing. Either way, we find a way out. Plus, it’s a nice little nod to “Jurassic Park,” which is always fun.

What’s the funniest or weirdest thing that’s ever happened at one of your gigs?

Once, years and years ago, I had two girls I was talking to about coming to the same show. They had a conversation together. You’ve never known fear until you’ve seen two women you’re romantically invested in casually having a conversation while you’re 30 feet away and unable to intervene. It was a learning experience for me not to do stuff like that.

The Community Service band, we’re going to be in the studio getting ready to record another single. One of the exciting things about Community Service is that the other guitarist in this band is my dad. We went into the studio a few years ago and recorded two tracks together. But we didn’t really play together live or do anything like that. So I am delighted to constantly share the stage with my father.

And then I’m also working on new music with Kyle Henson, who’s the other guitarist I formed Idol Threat with. We’re just going to work on good pop rock, power pop. We hope to release some tracks before the end of the year.

— As told to Robert C. Lopez, [email protected]