Tell us about where you are from and how you got to this position today.We were playing separately with other folks and solo and nothing was sticking. We are neighbors and friends for years and decided to give it a go! Now, over the last 4 years we have done some recording, writing, and have played lots of shows all over the Boston area.
What do you have coming up? What are some of the new projects we can expect to see?We’ve been writing for an EP in April. We’ve picked the studio and the engineer so we are very excited about this step. Recently we added Congas and other subtle rhythms for certain gigs. We are always looking for that unique sound that will amp up a song in a unique BTP type of way.
Tell us more about the current song you are promoting to everyone.We have a version of Steve Winwood’s Can’t Find My Way Home that we just love! It has a BTP original arrangement, tight harmonies, and blended acoustic and electric guitar work.
We have a new original Daylight we will record over the next few months that we are very excited about. Partial capo stuff with a beautiful melodic melody. Watch our web site for it.
How does your music separate yourself from other artists and bands out there?Tight and unique harmonies, original arrangements and interpretations of classic songs, engaging stage presence is all part of BTP. We have a cool, non-traditional rendition of the song we included in this interview (Can’t Find My Way Home) and have just completed a stripped down version of MJ’s Billie Jean. Both of these capture who we are.
Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in the industry?It is hard to build and accommodate a growing fan base in a changing climate. People have very busy lives and electronic media is playing a much bigger role in the delivery of artists. Figuring out how it works, what’s the balance, what works best – it’s a real challenge.
What was one of the biggest set backs in your career and how did you bounce back?One of the things that has worked for BTP is that we are able to grow as a band while balancing the other parts of our lives. Every step forward has been a growth moment. We are happy to say that we haven’t had any real set backs so far.
What are some things artists need to be careful of?Losing sight of who you are by trying to adapt to others desires or expectations. It is also easy to get caught up in the politics when what really matters is the message you are trying to convey and what you are trying to accomplish musically.
What suggestions do you have for other artists like yourself?This is somewhat the same as the last question. Stick with your goals, keep moving forward, try new things, and be patient.
What is one of your favorite ways to promote yourself and your music?Well, obviously, the best way to promote your music and who you are is by playing out in a variety of places to as many people as possible. We have played in all kinds of situations from subway stations to coffee houses to festivals to hard core venues. Each time, we have had fun, met new people, and learned something.
Where can people visit you?On our website at www.blackteaproject.comLike us on FacebookEmail us at firstname.lastname@example.orgGoogle Black Tea Project! You can’t miss us.
Cheers, Wendy & Steve”
“This past fall my weekly visit to the Harvard Farmers Market was made even more delightful by hearing the sounds of Black Tea Project, the musical duo of Wendy Saydah and Steve Miller. I was so impressed that I asked them to play at a recent wine tasting here at The General Store. Not only did we have a record turnout for the event, the energy and joy their music brought to the evening was absolutely wonderful. They made the night!
Amy BernhardtHARVARD GENERAL STORE1 Still River RoadHarvard, MA 01451”
- Amy Bernhardt