Interview with Grafted Culture

Dutch/American sisters Gabriëlle and Michaëlle, aka the minds behind phenomenal outfit Grafted Culture unveil striking new release titled ‘Ivory Stands’. Creating gentle folk music poised with poetic lyricism that stir the emotions, the duo are known for their incredible harmonies. What adds even more to their music is their amazingly humble and gentle natures that find joy in sharing their passion for life with others. The two sisters grew up travelling and experiencing different cultures and countries, and by doing this, led the siblings to find their music calling.

Introduce yourself (yourselves) and your hidden talent!

We are a Folk, Pop, Celtic-influenced band with an ethereal sound composed of two Dutch/American sisters. We grew up together and experienced music and art together in way that fused our bond and shaped our creative process. Though we are virtually opposites in regard to personality and musical preferences, growing up together in a tight family taught us to use those differences to create harmony and to appreciate the variation of musical genres available to us.

What made you decide that music is the right path for you?

Having traveled the world and experienced first-hand the many ways in which art bridges the gap between cultures and people groups, we were filled with a passion to use music as a method of communicating the deepest aspects of humanity in a way that anyone can understand.

What’s your writing process like? Do you write the music or lyrics first?

Our songs generally begin with an idea in the form of words or poetry which Michaelle polishes and arranges to fit an accompanying guitar piece. We then spend much time discussing and rearranging the lyrics and putting together a composition that brings across the emotion the song was intended to capture and communicate.

If you could change about the music industry, what would it be?

Our hope for the industry is that more and more musicians will use their music to reach out to the hurting and broken people in this world. We believe that music has the power to strengthen and encourage if used in a responsible manner, it has the power to touch the very depths of human experience and to raise people out of fear and despair. We hope that the current world events will drive musicians to make music that heals and strengthens.

Tell MoggBlog viewers about your latest release! What’s the inspiration behind that?

Our newest single called “Ivory Stands” is being released November 19th. The track itself is a
complex blend of genres and inspiration that we composed over the period of several months. The lyrics and melodies strike the balance between somber and hopeful, regret and resilience. We sought to create a musical piece that captured several perspectives while maintaining unity of thought and emotion. In order to build on this framework we are releasing a music video that tells the story of the human struggle with power and responsibility. Our main character embodies every individual who has ever found themselves lost in what they believed were good intentions. She, like all of us, has direct influence in the lives of others and her fall was their decline. As always, our song ends with a strain of hope and encouragement as she turns away from her past and moves forward with renewed understanding and purpose. The song and video are multi-layered, leaving much room for interpretation; this was our aim, because a good song is never exhausted of its meaning and application.

You can find Grafted Culture on Facebook and Instagram.

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