Exoaura’s dynamic duo: Lindsey Church (vocals, piano, strings) and Adam Ingram (guitars, bass, drums, programming) have been writing and performing music together since 2004. They both hail from the Nu-Metal band Reflection, who rocked the stages of the Pacific Northwest, USA with their groundbreaking sound of brutal tones juxtaposed with soft, melodic expressions.
Lindsey has trained with many vocal techniques over the years and has studied with some of the industry’s incredible vocalists, such as Dan Tompkins of TesseracT/White Moth Black Butterfly. Lindsey has competed and won awards for her singing/songwriting at the World Championship of the Performing Arts, showcasing her passion and skill for combining diverse sounds.
Exoaura is currently working on their highly anticipated debut self titled EP, slated to release in July, 2017.
The name Exoaura was created based on “Exo” meaning outside and “Aura” meaning one’s atmosphere, to form a word that describes stepping outside of one’s self to look deeper within, using a different perspective.
How would you describe your music?
We’re a female fronted alternative-metal duo with a twist of soul. We use melodic grooves and ethereal orchestration for a unique sound. Members: Lindsey Church (vocals/piano/strings) and Adam Ingram (guitar/bass/drums)
Tell us about how the history of the band?
Adam: We’ve been writing and performing together since 2004 and both hail from the nu-metal band Reflection. We’ve always had very different styles. Lindsey has an influence of metal/soul/R&B, while I a heavy influence of prog/metal. So we decided to blend our styles together to form Exoaura.
What are your influences/ musical heroes?
Lindsey: Two of my biggest influences and heroes are Maynard James Keenan (Tool/APC) and Daniel Tompkins (TesseracT). Both write such compelling lyrics and I’ve always admired their brilliant technique and ability to bring such intense emotion to every song.
Adam: Angel Vivaldi, Hans Zimmer, Victor Wooten, Klayton of Celldweller, Amos Williams of TesseracT and John Browne to name a few.
What inspires you?
Lindsey: So many different things in life arouse my curiosity and inspire me, but I’m deeply fascinated by the polarity of love and hate and how artists express that. Also, the interconnectivity between all things that I think people feel, but tend to ignore.
Do you write on the road? or do you prefer to write in the studio?
Adam: Studio. It’s my favorite place to be and have instant access to all my writing tools. I’ll create just about any atmosphere I’m in the mood for, drop in a reference beat and gravitate where the music takes me… one of my absolute favorite parts of being a musician.
Lindsey: I prefer to write piano/strings in the studio, but lyrics and vocal melodies hit me when they hit me. I write anytime and anywhere the mood strikes lol.
What is your favourite song to perform live?
Lindsey: We haven’t toured yet as Exoaura, since it’s such a new project and are just about to release our debut EP. But I would say it’ll be our track “Infamy” because of the raw emotion and pain that lead to me writing it those lyrics and melodies. It’s almost therapeutic for me, when I sing it.
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
Lindsey: Tool, TesseracT and Karnivool would be a long-time dream come true.
Adam: Yup, it’d be a privilege to be on that bill.
What are you current thoughts on the music industry?
Adam: As a listener, I feel we’re incredibly fortunate to have such easy access to the vast diversity of music today. We’re no longer limited to what the radio DJ’s deem popular but we can jump into Spotify or other streaming services and spin a playlist of just about any genre, era or mood we want to. As a DIY artist, this is an amazing discovery tool we didn’t have even 10 years ago, helping indie artists level the playing field against mainstream bands.
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
Lindsey: In our previous band, we played a show in a Utah, in the US. We were staying in the next town over and were there a day early, so decided to go walk around, check it out and get some drinks. After about 15 minutes of walking around we realized that we hadn’t seen one single person or even a car on the road and every store we’d walked by was closed. All of a sudden, this siren started going off, loud enough for the whole town to hear, if there had been anyone there. We thought that the zombie apocalypse had happened and we were the only ones who didn’t know because we’d been on the road lol. Turns out there was a standing curfew there, so I guess the whole town shut down at 6 o’clock like that every night and we just didn’t get the memo lol.
What are your future plans?
Adam: In our immediate future, our debut EP is being release June 30th 2017 (available for pre order June 16th). We can’t wait for our fans to hear it. We’re also hitting the studio to record our cover of Karnivool’s “Synops”. We have live in the studio performances planned and we’ve also had an overwhelming response from our awesome fan base in Mexico and Brazil asking us for tour dates. So, we have quite a bit in store for everyone in the future.