A Collaboration: Inara George, Van Dyke Parks, & The Brazil You Never Heard
May 7th, 2013
Inara will be performing with Van Dyke Parks and The Brazil You Never Heard on May 29th, 2013, at Largo in Los Angeles. Tickets are available online through Laugh Stub.
A Q+A With Inara And Greg
May 16th, 2012
Recently, TB&TB Merch Gal Nikki solicited fans to send questions to Greg and Inara through the Facebook page. Here is the result. Thanks to everyone for submitting questions! For those who missed out, follow us on Facebook for the next Q & A opportunity.
If you could be the opening act for anyone, who would it be?
Greg: Kate Bush
Who would be the ultimate opening act for you?
Inara: My nephews have a band. I think it would be fun for them to open up for us one day.
Greg: I'd like to form another band with Inara and perform in disquise. It's hard to pick opening bands because I want to open for everybody.
What talent do you wish you had?
Inara: I wish I could play piano like Greg.
Greg: I wish I was fluent in many languages
What is the first concert/musical performance you attended?
Inara: I grew up going to concerts because of my dad. So my first concerts were very early. The first concert that I wanted to go to was to see Prince at the (Los Angeles) Forum for the "Purple Rain" tour.
Greg: Some early shows I remember are the Clash and also Tom Petty
If you want to share: Who will you interpret on the next volume of 'Interpreting the Masters'?
Inara: We like to keep it secret, in case we want to change our minds.
Greg: Inara? are we keeping it a secret? I think so
If you could be any one person for a day, who would it be?
Inara: My 2 year old. I'd like to know what's going in his head.
Greg: When I first heard Aphex Twin i wanted to be his assistant engineer so I could see how he works.
The greatest lesson you ever learned from your parents?
Greg: family comes first
The greatest lesson you ever learned from a child?
Inara: You can have fun wherever you are.
Greg: most problems I have are probably insignificant.
What is something about you that nobody would guess?
Inara: I can't sleep in. And I never have been able to.
Greg: I used to do a Brazilian Martial Art/ Dance called Capoeira.
Which is your favorite video you've made and why?
Inara: I really do like them all, but I think I would have to go with our "Polite Dance Song" video. Not only do I love the video, but I love that we (Greg and I) are not the main event.
Greg: Again and Again and Polite Dance Song might be my favs. I like them all though.
What is the craziest tour story you have to share?
Inara: There are a lot. Some crazy-fun and crazy-hard. I don't know if I have one that I'd want to share, but I think everyone on tour experiences both. Being on tour is a strange existence.
Greg: Our tour manager Chris and myself rushing up the stairwell to get our bags when our hotel catches on fire. Not a very smart thing to do.
What are some of the things you do to keep from going into or breaking out of artist/writer's block?
Inara: I don't do much. But if I have writer's block, I think I just try to muscle through it. I always think the worst that could happen would be to write a bad song, which nobody has to hear. I just have to keep writing through it. I think not writing is what gets you into trouble.
Greg: Find a new instrument to write on.
How has the experience of having children and family life in general impacted your creative output?
Inara: Quite a bit. It's difficult to find the time and mental space to be creative. I know that will change when my kids start going to school. But until then, I'm not too worried about it. As long as I stay a little creative.
Greg: It's motivated me to work harder.
In the studio, what's the recording set-up like for vocals and synths?
Inara: Greg is the guy to ask about this.
Greg: I think I have too many synths to mention. My Panther Duo organ is one of my favorites. Inara's vox are mostly done with a Telefunken 251 mic.
What sort of keyboards/patches do you frequently use to get all those tasty sounds?
Greg: I've used my Fender Rhodes a lot in the past. Mellotron is another biggy.
What other UK or Los Angeles bands do you like ('60s to the present)?
Inara: I hate answering these questions. Is that terrible? I like a lot of different music.
Greg: Always love Broadcast. The Zombies and Specials are some others I loved growing up. So many!
Have you considered performing any of your Hall & Oates covers on the show "Live From Daryl's House"?
Inara: We don't really do much traveling anymore. Maybe one day... but I'm not sure we've been invited yet.
Greg: sure that'd be fun.
Would you recommend that other artists aspire to attain major label support, or keep the confidence to go it solo & independent?
Inara: It just depends on what you want and where you fit. I think some bands really benefit from major label support, where others really thrive on smaller labels or even doing it on their own. I think the most important thing is output. Just keep making stuff. You'll find where you belong eventually
Greg: I lean on the indie side.
"Wishes" - The New Single
November 17th, 2011
Starting tomorrow, you can buy the new single from The Bird And The Bee. From Inara: "We decided it might be a nice thing to release this little holiday song we wrote a few years ago. So we recorded it and here you are."
The single is available digitally through Bandcamp. Along with common mp3 and related compressed audio formats, you can also get proper uncompressed audio formats like WAV and FLAC.
"Heard It On The Radio" Remix Contest!
November 2nd, 2011
In an effort to keep things spicy, we thought it would be fun to have a little remix contest. I know that you all have been asking about when the new record will be coming. All I can say is we're still working on it, but soon..... so until then, maybe we could have some fun.
To participate, check out the "Heard It On The Radio" remix page. There you will find all the individual tracks of the song, as well as the rules. Don't wait...check it out now!
New "In The Studio" Video
July 5th, 2011
This is a short video of me and Greg listening to a sax solo that Karl Denson did for our new record.
The Bird And The Bee To Perform On June 4th
April 6th, 2011
We are happy to announce that The Bird And The Bee will be performing at the Bootleg Theater on June 4th, in Los Angeles. The show will benefit Operation USA.
Doors open at 7pm, and we will be going on at 8pm (no opening act). The event is 21 and over, and tickets are available now at TicketFly. Seating is limited, so be sure to get your tickets soon! Also, be sure to RSVP on the Facebook Event Page.
Welcome To Our New Website
March 25th, 2011