Welcome to “Seven Minutes in Heaven” GO Magazine’s brand new interview series that profiles a different queer lady each day, by asking her seven custom (sometimes random) questions. Get to know the thoughts, feelings, and opinions of the groundbreaking, fierce forces-of-nature in the queer community.
If you haven’t been bestowed with her musical prowess already, babes, the time has come (after you dutifully finish this exclusive interview of course) for you to check out the one and only Abby Posner, lead singer, banjo, guitar and mandolin player for the indie folk rock band Abby and The Myth.
Posner is a hyper-talented, gay AF (her words, but we ~like it~), LA based singer/songwriter, activist, composer and mindfulness teacher. Her powerful voice is both charming-yet-haunting and her songs are gorgeously raw, uncensored and emotional.
As longtime fans of Posner, we decided we just had to get to know her a bit better before her performance tonight.
So sit back, relax and enjoy seven minutes in heaven with Abby Posner!
GO Magazine: Who are you and what exactly do you do?
Abby Posner: I am a singer/songwriter and composer in Los Angeles. I am the lead singer/banjo/guitar and mandolin player for indie folk rock band Abby and The Myth. I write for several publishing and licensing companies in LA and I teach private music lessons. I also work for an incredible organization teaching music and mindfulness to teenagers at a camp called Tools For Peace.
GO: So what inspires you to create? What do you turn to when you’re feeling wildly uncreative?
AP: The main thing that inspires me is my own internal experience, whether it be how I view the world around me, or how it feels to go through the changes and curve balls life often tosses. I feel the best way to stay creative and fresh in my own artistic journey, is to write what I know. As a great instructor of mine once said: “start where you are.”
Relationships and spiritually seems to inspire me more than anything else. I have been on two silent retreats in the last two years and every time I sit in silence for an extended period of time I feel like the creative pipes are cleaned out, and the music flows more organically.
When I am feeling wildly uncreative, I usually turn to another artist to inspire me, whether it be seeing my favorite band live, or listening to something new that I haven’t heard before. I always love to challenge myself and push myself to do more musically, and listening to other artists in various genres gives me that extra spark to continue to write and record.
GO: Describe your music in three words.
AP: Hopeful. Unguarded. Honest.
GO: Describe yourself in three words.
AP: Contemplative, playful, gayAF (I am officially making gayAF one word).
GO: Who are some of your queer lady icons?
AP: Alison Bechdel is by far one of the most amazing humans of our time. I truly believe she is a super hero brought to planet earth to make us all fall in love with graphic novels and musicals in a whole new way. She is extremely witty, and in my opinion, she is a true artist.
I am also a huge fan of Tammy Baldwin—the first openly gay member of the United States Congress. Both of these women pushed boundaries and took risks in very different ways—true rockstars in my book!
GO: Do you ever get nervous before shows, and if so what do you do to quell the anxiety?
AP: I have gotten so much better in the past few years, but yes, I definitely still get nervous. I actually love getting nervous because the anxiety turns into energy, the energy turns into excitement, and excitement turns to gratitude. So I would say I use anxiety as a secret transformer weapon…just knowing that it will shift and turn into something positive gives me something to work with while I am experiencing this before a show.
GO: What advice would you give your younger self?
AP: It is ok to wear boxers and boys clothing even if you are only 15 in the 90s. Ask that cute girl out in the high school halls that you’ve had your eye on. Moisturize the minute you turn 25. Take risks, they will pay off. Listen to every kind of music, and take it all in. Support your fellow musician friends.
GO: Where can people find you?
Summer Tour Schedule:
JULY 18TH – NEW YORK – ROCKWOOD MUSIC HALL – 6PM
JULY 19TH – CAMBRIDGE MA – ATWOODS TAVERN – 10PM
JULY 20TH – STAMFORD CT – SEASIDE TAVERN – 9PM
JULY 24TH – HAMDEN CT – THE SPACE – 9PM
JULY 26TH – PT JEFFERSON – HOUSE OF BREWS – 8PM
AUG 9TH – DENVER CO – LOCAL 46 BAR – 6PM