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.

Scarlet Parke @ nYne Bar & Bistro, 6/3, 10:30PM

Where are you from and how did the group come together?

I am from a small waterside town called Port Orchard. I grew up singing in churches and slowly made my way into jazz choirs in high school and college. I went to college on a vocal scholarship but sadly, the music department lost funding halfway through my second year at college so I was forced to drop out. It was then that I had a decision to make: stop doing music or start creating my own. I had always loved writing poems and knew how to play piano on the most elementary level, so I decided to go for it. I started practicing for hours every day, realizing I was very behind the curve on performing and constructing original songs. It took a couple years, but I eventually started performing around my little town and slowly accumulated the confidence to move to Seattle and pursue it for real. 

I met my band over the course of my first year in the city. We were mostly united by my former drummer Heather Thomas and have shuffled a few bodies around before settling into our current group: Bobby Jimmi, Jerett Samples, Marina Christopher, Frank Vitolo and Charles Wicklander. 

What’s your favorite song to play live?

Favorite song to play live… that’s a hard one! I would have to say that it’s a song called “Need You Now.” It’s emotional and compelling and is the song that gets requested the most. There isn’t a recording yet, so you’ll have to catch it at a live show! 

What goes into the making of a great setlist?

Setlists are always a toss up for me. Sometimes I can think of one with enough time to tell my band, but there have definitely been times when I just yell out songs to match the vibe of the crowd. 

While in Spokane, who are you most excited to see at Volume?

I can’t wait to see Chastity Belt! I’ve heard great things about their live shows and love their classic rockstar sound. 

If a Spokanite stumbles into a Scarlet Parke performance during Volume, what type of show are they likely to see? 

If one were to stumble on our performance, they can expect to be taken on a dazzling and emotional rollercoaster of sounds. There are lots of solos, dancing, awkward stage talk, and fancy suits and dresses. Dress up with us! It’s all about feeling fabulous.

Stoked to play! I’ve never been to Spokane. Question for Spokanites: What should we check out while we are there? Answer on IG @scarlet.parke.

Follow Scarlet Parke on Facebook and Instagram. Get Volume tickets here.


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