Sharon Van Etten Performs 'Tramp' Hits, Comedy Routine on The Interface (VIDEO)
One of the great things about being a music fan is getting to see an act you like reach new heights of success, both in the business and in their craft. Such was the case with Sharon Van Etten, whose music I was first introduced to a couple years back by a colleague. I enjoyed the Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter's second album, 'Epic,' but it's her latest, 'Tramp,' that made me fall in love with her as a performer (and not romantically, because I'm pretty sure my fiancée wouldn't be cool with that).
Produced by the National's guitarist Aaron Dessner, 'Tramp' shows the edgier side of Van Etten. Written while she was living an itinerant tramp-like lifestyle -- not the slutty kind, naturally -- the songs reflect Van Etten's maturation and increasing comfort with herself, her voice and her personality.
During the week of the album's release, Van Etten and her band stopped by Spinner's New York studios for a special acoustic session and interview on The Interface. Check out the performance and Q&A below!
You've spent a long time making this record, but you've only just started performing the songs. What's that been like for you?
It's been a lot of fun. I was nervous at first because I've never produced a record in a way that it's beyond the bare necessities of having a band. But I have a really, really talented group of people that I'm working with right now, so it's been jumping around onstage, playing with multi-instrumentalists, being able to juggle instruments and making the live show a lot more fun and interesting. You know, not just standing in one place the whole time.