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Abi Heartless

Abi Heartless

Abi Heartless


From Myspace: Q: What’s with the name Abi Heartles? A: My birth name is Abigail Jean Hartje. As much as I love the name Abigail, It’s a mouthful, so since I was about 11, I’ve been going by Abi; no y, one b, with an i. I’m about 50% German heritage, and my last name, Hartje, in German means heartless. Since noone I’ve ever met knows how to pronounce Hartje (it’s said like, har-chee), I changed it to Heartless for my stage name. A lot of people think that’s really dumb and ask me why I would have my stage name sound negative Read more on Last.fm
From Myspace: Q: What’s with the name Abi Heartles? A: My birth name is Abigail Jean Hartje. As much as I love the name Abigail, It’s a mouthful, so since I was about 11, I’ve been going by Abi; no y, one b, with an i. I’m about 50% German heritage, and my last name, Hartje, in German means heartless. Since noone I’ve ever met knows how to pronounce Hartje (it’s said like, har-chee), I changed it to Heartless for my stage name.

A lot of people think that’s really dumb and ask me why I would have my stage name sound negative, but the fact of the matter is, people who get to know me tell me that I’m the complete opposite of Heartless. Not to toot my own horn, but BEEP BEEP! I just think its really ironic. Q: How did you get involved in music? A: That’s just one of those questions I really can’t answer. Even as an infant, I’ve been told I was always drawn to music and I would even hum melodies before I could talk.

When I was 7, I got into musical theater, because I didn’t really know of any other accessible outlet in my small ass town. So until I was 10 or 11, I did an average of about 2 shows a year. I’ve been in such plays as The Secret Garden, in which I played the title role twice, and Alice in Wonderland, as Alice. I must have done over 20 shows.

Then I got asked to be in a play in Chicago called Circle of Friends, which was done at the American Girl Company and was based around the stories of the 6 dolls (well, there were 6 at the time). I did that for 2 and a half years and I made a LOT of money. Also, I performed over 4,000 individual shows. The fact was, I was just growing out of that sort of thing.

I had really grown a liking to guitar-driven music; everything from alternative, metal, folk, classic rock…I just loved guitars. I started playing when I was 13. I was in a band for about a year, and then I decided that the kind of music we were playing wasn’t really what I was into. I really don’t like the whole whiney, “emo” (I hate that term), hardcore music, but that’s about all I hate.

That and pop-country. Q: Why do you only do covers? A: If I felt like my original music was good, I would probably be recording a lot of it, but everytime I attempt to write something of my own, I automatically hate it. I call in my “Automatic Failure” syndrome. The thing about covers is that you can still be as original and expressive as you want to be, but you can also show respect to the artists you look up to at the same time.

If I was in there position, and I heard of someone like myself covering their songs, I would be very flattered. You know what they say about imitation and flattery. So, as much as I love covers, I really do want to get into writing my own original material. Its just very hard for me to do.

Q: How do you record your songs? A: I have a Trascam 4-track cassette recorder. It doesn’t record very well but it is nice for being able to lay down different tracks. I usually record guitar parts first, then main vocal lines, and all other harmony’s and sound affects afterwards. Then, I convert it to WAVE form using some program my dad has set up on his computer, and from there I do a little “ghetto” editing, as I call it.

Of course, the quality will NEVER be that of a professionally recorded song, but its not really about quality for me. I usually can nail a song in 1 take, and even if I do mess up, I don’t spend a lot of time perfecting it. It should sound as real as possible. Q: Who does your graphics and layouts? A: I do everything myself.

It’s another one of my hobbies. I have so many goals in life; I want to be a musician, radio broadcaster, graphic designer, clothes designer, actress, comedian, film director, photographer, and just all around entrepreneur when it comes to pop culture. Q: Do you play any shows anytime? A: No! But I really, really want to!!! So if anyone knows of anywhere I could play, they should totally let me know! Q: How can I get one of your CD’s? A: If you send me a message, I will mail you one free of charge. I’d feel bad charging for cover songs since its not my original material, and I really want these CD’s to get around because I’m very proud of them.

Q: Why do you play the kind of music you do? A: Why do you ask such a silly question? I play what I like. I appreciate if you don’t like it but at least let me play it. If you don’t think I’m good, don’t listen to me. I won’t be sad.

Q: How did you learn to sing? A: Well, I don’t feel like people LEARN to sing. I think it’s just something people are born with. I have had a lot of extensive vocal training, classically and operatically, so I guess that helps a bit, but as cheesy as it sounds, singing all comes from your heart and your soul. You really have to feel what you’re singing in order for it to be good.

Q: What inspires you to make/write music? A: I'm really inspired by other artists, and I think thats why I love doing covers so much. I don't see them as disrespect towards their original material. Like they say, immatation is the highest form of flattery. If I want to cover one of your songs, it probably mean's I think you are amazing.

I'm also inspired a lot by movies, especially the ones with good soundtracks. I love Lord of the Rings, in fact, I'm one of those geeky fans who names their pets after the hobbits. I think the music from that film is amazing. The Annie Lennox song from Return of the King takes my breath away, but even all the orchestral songs are fantastic.

I love musicals, like Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Into the Woods, Les Miserables. Most of all though, I think I'm inspired by love. Unfortunatly, I'm able to write more when I suffer heartbreak, which to me, is a form of love. A bad form, but a form nonetheless.

I haven't felt any heartbreak in a long time, and I think thats whats causing my inability to write. But don't go telling my boyfriend to hurt me!!! Its not worth it. I'll figure out a way to write, its just taking some time. It took classical composers years to write their most brilliant symphonies, and it took Peter Jackson like, 6 years to finish all three LOTR movies.

(SEE WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT?? lol) Q: Are you married to Kristin Ford? A: Why yes, yes I am. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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