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AA Interview: Kendra & the Bunnies

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Kendra And The Bunnies has a new release, a new video and your favorite new life anthem.


AA: When did you know you would ultimately create a life in music?

KatB: There are many moments that have winked at me concerning my life in the music industry. The one I am going to touch on today is the moment I knew I would become a guitar player and when I knew it would become an instrumental part of my future. While attending Pepperdine University, I majored in Theatre Arts (Acting). I grew up performing on the stage and sang a lot of musical theater, yet I always have had a very rock ’n roll edge to my personality. When it came to university, my senior year, I had already finished all my mandatory classes, however, I still needed one more credit to graduate. I looked over at the black Ibanez guitar sitting patiently in the corner of my room. It was pleading, “Play me! Learn me! Expand with me!” With that, Guitar 101 was scheduled as my last qualifying credit. To finish answering this question to a tee, I knew it would be important in my future as my guitar teacher, Anastasio Comanescu, always gave me this knowing look. He is a great teacher and that knowing look put me into the headspace of, “I am a guitarist. I have been doing this my whole life. Now, it is time to unlock that ability.”

AA: How do you balance the life of a musician with the normal day to day?

KatB: The normal day to day for me is all about art. Art is my life. Music, writing, acting peppered with marketing, booking gigs, and walks in nature. I am more or less always working. If I go to a concert or show, I am coming back with inspiration and material. I challenge myself everyday. I believe the film, My Dinner with Andre, said it best when quoting Ingrid Bergman in Autumn Sonata, “I could always live in my art, but never in my life.” Current motto: Pedal to the floor, full steam ahead, coffee break when I get to the next major town, then back on the road again.

AA: Who have been your greatest musical heroes?

KatB: The musical heroes I look up to most in the industry are ones who showcase their presence in a positively productive fashion. This past weekend, I attended my first red carpet event for Rock to Recovery 4. It is a foundation using the healing power of writing and playing music to uplift those in recovery. It was founded by guitarist Wes Geer (Korn ’09-’13 and Sacred Sons). I support sobriety and conscious performance in the music industry. In this way, songwriting is a means of transformation and carrying of brighter message. There is always room to grow authentically in spirituality. In this same sober flow and beyond, one of the musicians I look up to in unceasing measure is Trey Anastasio from Phish. He is a magnificent composer, guitarist, and human being. As seen in his most recent film/documentary, “Between Me and My Mind”, he too lives his day to day life immersed in music, writing, and positive action. It’s amazing to see how many lives he has influenced in the jam band community.

AA: If you had to describe your new music in only 3 words what would they be?

KatB: My EP, “of Always”, shapes itself in “soul-soothing limericks” chanting “I am for the lyrical lover, side-stepping through your daydreams”. Would you kindly let your ears court me? "of Always" will be streaming on all music platforms Friday, September 6.

AA: How do you feel about the current modern musical landscape?

KatB: Since I grew up in the age of computers, I really dig the modern musical landscape. We are in the first era of streaming, which makes tangible cassettes, CDs, and vinyls almost a luxury for listeners. This at first can be frustrating for the musician, however, it does make music more accessible to the masses. Listeners are now curating their own tastes rather than relying on the radio to do it for them. Indie artists, like I, are able to showcase the entire catalog of one’s music and send it out for review with ease. Actually, last month, I mailed in a physical album to Sirius XM radio. They still ask for physical submissions. I thought to myself, it’s cool most stations ask for streaming links via email. It’s pocket friendly, independent artist friendly. Also, it’s great because streaming platforms report back to me the analytics of how my songs are being received. I see what my fans are vibing out with, and it looks like they have good taste.

AA: Please share with us one unique thing about you that most of your fans might not know.

Katb: Ready to get personal? Something potentially very unique about me… is the fact that I am a part of AA. I will be one year sober from alcohol on September 24, 2019. The gift of recovery has been such an absolute blessing on my life. It continues to be a blessing each day. I have reconnected with my higher power and that higher power expands me through dedication and gratitude. In this same air, it’s cool that AA’s foundation is based on three principles. Unity, service, and recovery. Those three things are ultra relevant to my mission as a musician and artist. I am grateful to now be able to discover that path in every realm of my life. That being said, I am here to help guide and give back by walking newcomers through the steps. I can point you towards help in your area.

AA: Tell us about your new book as well!!

KatB: Thanks for asking! My newest book release is titled “Project Non-Arch: Operation Clown School”. It will be available on Amazon Books and signed copies via my website on September 13, 2019. The book is a long form prose poem that opens up about my perspective on social conditioning in America. When we look through the framework of our lives, what thread leads us back to who we are? By stripping away the person that media informs us to be, we find our beautiful and multidimensional selves. This book is my way of unraveling the tangled up yarn of self, lying it out to dry, and embroidering a tapestry to proudly hang above the stage of my presence.

AA: Where can we be part of your bunnies out there on the web?

KatB: The bunnies are in full recruit. I recommend following me on Instagram for all current updates. I am @Kenbunny. All info on my shows, music, and books is available on my website, kendraelisabethmuecke.com — You can stream my music on all platforms like Spotify, Apple Music, Youtube, & more. All of those links are found here — Songwhip — Hope to see you hopping to the beat of the bunny drum soon!!




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AA Interview: Kendra & the Bunnies


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Kendra And The Bunnies has a new release, a new video and your favorite new life anthem.

AA: When did you know you would ultimately create a life in music?

KatB: There are many moments that have winked at me concerning my life in the music industry. The one I am going to touch on today is the moment I knew I would become a guitar player and when I knew it would become an instrumental part of my future. While attending Pepperdine University, I majored in Theatre Arts (Acting). I grew up performing on the stage and sang a lot of musical theater, yet I always have had a very rock ’n roll edge to my personality. When it came to university, my senior year, I had already finished all my mandatory classes, however, I still needed one more credit to graduate. I looked over at the black Ibanez guitar sitting patiently in the corner of my room. It was pleading, “Play me! Learn me! Expand with me!” With that, Guitar 101 was scheduled as my last qualifying credit. To finish answering this question to a tee, I knew it would be important in my future as my guitar teacher, Anastasio Comanescu, always gave me this knowing look. He is a great teacher and that knowing look put me into the headspace of, “I am a guitarist. I have been doing this my whole life. Now, it is time to unlock that ability.”

AA: How do you balance the life of a musician with the normal day to day?

KatB: The normal day to day for me is all about art. Art is my life. Music, writing, acting peppered with marketing, booking gigs, and walks in nature. I am more or less always working. If I go to a concert or show, I am coming back with inspiration and material. I challenge myself everyday. I believe the film, My Dinner with Andre, said it best when quoting Ingrid Bergman in Autumn Sonata, “I could always live in my art, but never in my life.” Current motto: Pedal to the floor, full steam ahead, coffee break when I get to the next major town, then back on the road again.

AA: Who have been your greatest musical heroes?

KatB: The musical heroes I look up to most in the industry are ones who showcase their presence in a positively productive fashion. This past weekend, I attended my first red carpet event for Rock to Recovery 4. It is a foundation using the healing power of writing and playing music to uplift those in recovery. It was founded by guitarist Wes Geer (Korn ’09-’13 and Sacred Sons). I support sobriety and conscious performance in the music industry. In this way, songwriting is a means of transformation and carrying of brighter message. There is always room to grow authentically in spirituality. In this same sober flow and beyond, one of the musicians I look up to in unceasing measure is Trey Anastasio from Phish. He is a magnificent composer, guitarist, and human being. As seen in his most recent film/documentary, “Between Me and My Mind”, he too lives his day to day life immersed in music, writing, and positive action. It’s amazing to see how many lives he has influenced in the jam band community.

AA: If you had to describe your new music in only 3 words what would they be?

KatB: My EP, “of Always”, shapes itself in “soul-soothing limericks” chanting “I am for the lyrical lover, side-stepping through your daydreams”. Would you kindly let your ears court me? "of Always" will be streaming on all music platforms Friday, September 6.

AA: How do you feel about the current modern musical landscape?

KatB: Since I grew up in the age of computers, I really dig the modern musical landscape. We are in the first era of streaming, which makes tangible cassettes, CDs, and vinyls almost a luxury for listeners. This at first can be frustrating for the musician, however, it does make music more accessible to the masses. Listeners are now curating their own tastes rather than relying on the radio to do it for them. Indie artists, like I, are able to showcase the entire catalog of one’s music and send it out for review with ease. Actually, last month, I mailed in a physical album to Sirius XM radio. They still ask for physical submissions. I thought to myself, it’s cool most stations ask for streaming links via email. It’s pocket friendly, independent artist friendly. Also, it’s great because streaming platforms report back to me the analytics of how my songs are being received. I see what my fans are vibing out with, and it looks like they have good taste.

AA: Please share with us one unique thing about you that most of your fans might not know.

Katb: Ready to get personal? Something potentially very unique about me… is the fact that I am a part of AA. I will be one year sober from alcohol on September 24, 2019. The gift of recovery has been such an absolute blessing on my life. It continues to be a blessing each day. I have reconnected with my higher power and that higher power expands me through dedication and gratitude. In this same air, it’s cool that AA’s foundation is based on three principles. Unity, service, and recovery. Those three things are ultra relevant to my mission as a musician and artist. I am grateful to now be able to discover that path in every realm of my life. That being said, I am here to help guide and give back by walking newcomers through the steps. I can point you towards help in your area.

AA: Tell us about your new book as well!!

KatB: Thanks for asking! My newest book release is titled “Project Non-Arch: Operation Clown School”. It will be available on Amazon Books and signed copies via my website on September 13, 2019. The book is a long form prose poem that opens up about my perspective on social conditioning in America. When we look through the framework of our lives, what thread leads us back to who we are? By stripping away the person that media informs us to be, we find our beautiful and multidimensional selves. This book is my way of unraveling the tangled up yarn of self, lying it out to dry, and embroidering a tapestry to proudly hang above the stage of my presence.

AA: Where can we be part of your bunnies out there on the web?

KatB: The bunnies are in full recruit. I recommend following me on Instagram for all current updates. I am @Kenbunny. All info on my shows, music, and books is available on my website, kendraelisabethmuecke.com — You can stream my music on all platforms like Spotify, Apple Music, Youtube, & more. All of those links are found here — Songwhip — Hope to see you hopping to the beat of the bunny drum soon!!

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