All this week, Behind the Setlist is previewing Volume, a music festival in Spokane, Washington, which features 100 DIY and indie artists from the Pacific Northwest and beyond (put together by our friends at the Inlander). Our Spokane team will be on the ground during Volume on June 2 and June 3, but we wanted to dive into these artists ahead of time.

Who are they, where do they come from, and what can we expect? We turned up the Volume on each artist for a little preview palaver.

Kori Ailene @ Terrain, 6/2, 8 pm

Where are you from and how did this project come together?

I grew up in Spokane. I began playing at about 17 yrs old (12 years ago). I took a few years off from music almost entirely when I moved away. I moved back a few years ago and began playing gigs again. I have compiled a new album of 10 songs—there are more that were not recorded—over the last two years.

What’s your favorite song to play live and why?

In a quiet room, I would say probably “My Sister’s House,” because people really seem to respond and relate to it, and that is fulfilling as a songwriter.

What goes into the making of a great setlist?

You can’t have a great setlist without great songs. If you have songs that you really believe in, then sing them with passion and the audience will follow. If you don’t have enough songs that you think are great, then either write more, or have a shorter setlist. Secondly, dynamic. Which is pretty self-explanatory.

Who are you most excited to see at Volume?

Violet Catastrophe

What are your plans for the rest of the year? Writing, recording, touring?

I recently recorded and had my album release show just on May 19. For the rest of the year I’ll be playing gigs to continue promoting, possibly a fall tour. Most of all I’m excited to have time to start writing again.

Follow Kori Ailene on Facebook. Get Volume tickets here


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