“Good vibes, radiant energy and a powerful story to tell: meet The Silverhart. She’s often seen with a (lefty) acoustic guitar in-hand, rockin’ out and rhyming off lyrics to comment on universal themes in her distinct & no bullshit folk/rock/indie/alt way. Laura Ovcjak – the singer/songwriter behind The Silverhart, is not one to be labelled or placed into a sonic box. Like a chameleon, she’s constantly adapting to her experience, which makes for captivating live performances and poignant lyrics. Whether you see a live show, or listen to her recordings, you might just connect in a way that will restore your faith in yourself and the human condition.”
What Are Your Top 5 Influences?
“Dave Grohl, Ani Difranco, PJ Harvey, Radiohead, Patti Smith”
When Are Your Next Projects Coming Out?
“I’m shooting to release my first full album in June 2017. It’s a 10-track concept album that deals with themes of self-discovery, inconvenient truths and transformation.
In August, I created an “Album Challenge” which challenged me to write one song per week and arrange, record and produce the entire album solo. It’s been a massive learning curve since I’ve always just written the music and lyrics and relied on other players and producers to mold the final sound. This time around I wanted to create my own sound from start to finish and so far I’m loving the process. That’s the beauty of DIY; you make the rules, and break the rules. Anything goes. It’s liberating and by allowing myself to fully execute my musical vision, I’ve taken my writing to another level.”
What Helped You Get Into Music?
“My family. I come from a large European family where a party isn’t a party until we have a 10-piece band jamming in the cold cellar. Multiple generations would come together and share their love for music, so I was constantly exposed to an eclectic variety of bands and genres; that was my education. So there was never a point in my life where I “got into” music; I was born into it. It was perfectly normal to bring out the accordion, harmonica, piano or guitar after church on a Sunday afternoon and just start jamming.”
What Are Your Biggest Goals For The Near Future?
“I have a lot of goals for 2016 and beyond. I think to finish off this year, I’m focused on owning who I am as a songwriter, being bold and not holding back with my new album. I tend to hermit when I’m in creation mode, which makes me overthink and shy away from all that I want to express. I fear people won’t get it or they won’t care. But that’s the old me. It’s time to break my old routine and get out there, play shows, and unabashedly tell my story.
Beyond 2016, I want to be on people’s radar as a strong female singer/songwriter who has a unique sound, but more importantly a compelling, relatable and powerful story to tell. We live in a time where music is so accessible and anyone can record an album; yet it’s so difficult to cut through the clutter and get heard. My goal is to cut through that clutter, while maintaining my artistic integrity and remind people about the power that songs have through the stories they tell.”