Get to Know: Violinist Rachel Denlinger

I am incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to work with so many every day at school, on my soundtracks, and on the Songs for the Cure fundraiser.  So, it’s only fitting that I point the spotlight at them in a fun new project I’d like to call “Get to Know,” where I’ll be asking musicians that I collaborate with a few questions about themselves for them to answer in any form they’d like.  I’m proud to begin this series with my friend Rachel Denlinger, who first appeared on the GunGirl 2 soundtrack, but you can expect to hear from guitarist Rich Brilli, vocalist Stephanie Schoenhofer, and hopefully the scores of musicians I’ll be working on during the next few years.

1) Tell us a little about yourself.

Hi! My name’s Rachel D. I’m going to be a sophomore this year at the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Ohio, majoring in violin performance. I’ve been playing for 14 years now! It’s pretty much what defines me and I love it.  🙂

2) How, when, and why did you get interested in and start performing music?

When I was four I was watching the Disney Youth Symphony Orchestra on TV and out of nowhere I blurted, “I wanna play violin!” So after some serious nagging, my parents finally gave in and bought me my first violin (it was so tiny!) That’s where the story begins…

3) What was your initial reaction when Josh asked you to record for the soundtrack to a game called “GunGirl?”

I know I was pretty pumped about it. The fact that it was called “GunGirl” was just icing on the cake.

4) How do you feel about the final product, now that it’s all finished and complete?

The finished product really is just awesome. It was incredible to see how it all came together, and I really feel honored to be a part of it.

5) What was it like working with Josh?

Josh is definitely a jerk…just kidding! He’s so easy to work with and knows exactly what he wants. His “compliment sandwiches” are a nice touch as well.

6) What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I’m a busy bee! I don’t leave myself much spare time. Any bit that I have is usually devoted to napping!

7) If you were a zombie, heaven forbid, what kind of zombie would you be? Would you hide out waiting for your victims in sneaky spots, or would you just run at them madly? Would you be aggressive or wait in the back for leftovers of your zombie friends? What would you wear if you were a zombie?

I’d take those victims down in a second. Aggressive all the way.

8) Any last words or shout outs?

Go “GunGirl,” Go!

But seriously, everyone involved in the making of this game should get a huge round of applause. Hours and hours of hard work went into this project and wow, what an incredible result! An especially big congratulations to Josh. Writing music for a whole a soundtrack is definitely something to brag about.

If you haven’t already done so, make sure to check out Josh’s other music and keep up to date on what he’s working on. It really is exciting stuff! Well that’s it for me! Keep listening!

Rachel doesn’t have a website to share with us yet, but you can hear more of Rachel in Josh’s compositions “Your Name” and “stop watching me.”

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