Kansas City Spotlight: Addie Sartino from The Greeting Committee
I first met Addie at a local coffee shop where my husband used to work. It's a fave hangout for her and her friends so I've had the chance to meet and get to know several of them over the past two years.
Addie is an 18-year-old waitress and a Kansas City local. She is also the lead singer for The Greeting Committee and plays guitar, piano, ukelele, and bass. And let's be real, she's the coolest. I sat down with her at the coffee shop where we met to interview her and get to know her a little better.
What originally inspired you to want to play or write music?
"You know how when you're a little kid people ask you what you want to do when you grow up? I just always said, 'musician'. I think at one point I wanted to be a ninja, but you can't really make any money that way."
what's your writing process like?
"Normally what happens is we'll jam on something at band practice and then from there we'll take an iPhone recording of it. Then I'll just plug it into the AUX cord in my car and just drive around until I come up with lyrics."
How did the greeting committee get its start?
"I wrote music by myself and I would perform it. And while I was on stage I'd either have stage fright or I'd get bored, honestly. In high school I met Brandon (who plays guitar) and we'd write music occasionally. Then in the summer of 2014, right before my junior year of high school, I called him and asked if he'd make a band with me and he said yes. Austin, our drummer, and Brandon have been friends since they were, like, 5 and then they knew Pierce through marching band."
What or who inspires you as a song writer?
"Ingrid Michaelson, Keaton Henson, Daughter, The Killers, Karen O., and Death Cab for Cutie are like my go-to's. I actually got to open for Death Cab and I totally blew it when I met Ben Gibbard. I had this whole thing planned out to say to him and I rehearsed it in my head the whole week before. Then we were all in catering at the venue and I noticed he was sitting two tables over. When he gets up to walk away, I get up in a panic and I follow him. So then I say, 'Ben!' and then he turns around and I go, 'I just wanna say you really inspire me.' Which is what ANYONE would say to him. And what I wanted to tell him was that I admire the way he's written so many albums and has such a long career and that I think he's one of the best lyricists of all time."
What do you hope you or your music inspires in others?
"I really enjoy being a young female in the music industry because I think it gives me the chance to show other young people (and young girls) that they can do whatever they want."
What has been your favorite part of this whole process?
"Oh gosh...it really pushes me outside of my comfort zone. I'm a big homebody and this career path forces me to travel a lot and because of that I get to see things that I wouldn't normally see just on my own."
What has been the hardest part?
"Leaving loved ones and sacrificing 'normal' parts of life like going to prom with my girlfriend."
what's your favorite place you've traveled?
"Portland, for sure. It has really good ramen, a really great bookstore, and it has a really cool city area in addition to places that are great for hiking and adventuring. Also the radio station there is really great."
What do you do in your free time?
"I read books. I watch a lot of movies and Netflix. I go to concerts. I work. I write music. I hang out with friends...just the normal stuff."
Where do you see yourself in five years?
"Well if you'd ask me a year ago if I would be where I am now, I would have no idea how I would get here or why I'd be here, so I guess the same goes for five years from now."
What's next for the Greeting Committee?
"We're going to release another EP this Spring and hopefully we'll tour off of that."