We had the good fortune of connecting with Pamela Machala and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Pamela, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
Since I started out as a singer/songwriter, I’ve always aspired to follow in the footsteps of my songwriting heroes, people like Sara Bareilles, India.Arie, and Billy Joel (to name a few). Their songs are so thoughtfully crafted, and they have accompanied me through so many hardships and joys in my life. I have come to think of certain songs as dear friends, offering comfort and wisdom whenever I return to them. My mission in releasing my own music is to pass that gift on to others. If my songs can walk someone I’ve never met through their struggles, if my song can become a friend to someone else and keep them company while they cook dinner, that, to me, is success. Above all, I strive to write honest songs. The more honestly I write about my own feelings & life experiences, the more I find they resonate with others.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I describe my music as indie soul-pop, with influences ranging from jazz and soul to musical theater and folk. I am especially excited about the new album I just released, Something Simple, now available on all platforms! There is also a music video for the title track available on YouTube. I’m proudest of my devotion to the craft of songwriting. I hope that I am still learning how to write better and better songs 50 years from now. It is the altar I worship at and my favorite thing to think and talk about. I love the conciseness and accessibility of song as an art form. I love how the best songs sometimes seem so obvious and simple you can’t believe they didn’t always exist. I’m a music theory nerd and love exploring how melody, harmony, and rhythm inform emotions and lyrics. I love what is possible when you sing a story.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Boy, I sure do miss doing that…now that it’s covid times, I’d give them a great tour of my backyard, haha. But covid aside, I love going hiking and there are many great hikes in Boulder. I love the food at Aloy Thai in Boulder & Denver. Some of my favorite places to see live music are Walnut Room, Swallow Hill, & The Soiled Dove in Denver, and eTown and Laughing Goat in Boulder. And of course, RED ROCKS! The Botanic Gardens in Denver are amazing, too.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I wouldn’t be where I am without SO MANY PEOPLE! But first and foremost, I want to give a shoutout to my mom, Susan Teicher. She was my piano teacher from when I was 5 until I went to college. She taught me how to practice, and the basics of being a good musician. She was big on the importance of subdividing and having good time. Along with the Beethoven and Debussy we practiced, her record collection introduced me to Joni Mitchell and The Beatles. Also, I was a huge bookworm as a child and my mom nurtured that (until it was dinnertime and she had to pry the book from my hands). Reading inspired me to write my own poems and stories, which set the foundation for my interest in lyrics. My mom has always believed in me, encouraged me, and been my biggest supporter, and I am so thankful for her!
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