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What I Learned at Bandcamp: The Rifle

The Rifle, interview, Bandcamp

Nelene DeGuzman makes lo-fi bluesy folk under the name The Rifle. The Tucson-based musician released debut EP, Rib to Rib, in January 2014. The seven-track release was written and recorded in her bedroom and is available to stream or purchase on Bandcamp.

The Spec caught up with The Rifle about her influences and future plans, read what she had to say below…

Tell us a little about yourself…
I moved to Tucson about a year ago with my dog Lula Mae to make beautiful sounds in the Sonoran desert.

How long have you been making music?
I’ve been making music for four or five years with other musicians and other bands, but I’ve only been writing and recording songs under the moniker The Rifle for about a year.

Who/what are your influences?
John Lee Hooker, Tom Waits, White Stripes, ah who else… Bessie Smith, Cat Power.
I’m really into the idea of getting the most out of the fewest number of instruments/tracks. I’ve been really inspired by musicians who, with only a few instruments, can achieve this really full, whole sound.

What is your favorite song you’ve released and why?
My favorite song released is probably “Delta of Venus.” There was just something really easy and organic that happened when I wrote it. It was just a melody that felt really good to sing and the lyrics came really easily.

Upcoming projects, where do you want to go from here?
I’ve been writing some new songs and have plans for another EP in 2015.

If you could no longer be a musician, what would you be or do for a living?
If I could do anything, I’d like to score films. I love a good soundtrack and I’d love to be the person that watches some film and puts beautiful sounds to it. Wait, that’s still being a musician… I like to paint. Maybe I’d be a painter.

If I was tethered to reality, I’d probably just be doing what I’m doing. I’m a chemist. I science all day and make music on my own time. So, I guess I’d just be doing that minus the music. Which sounds really bleak actually.

What musicians or bands do you look up to?
Right now I’m pretty into Warpaint. They just mesh so well as musicians together.

Also, Jenny Lewis. Her songs are amazing.

Why do you make music?
It makes me feel good and gives me an excuse to live my life as a hermit.

Anything else you’d like readers to know that we haven’t asked you about?
I recently got a drumset on Craigslist! It will probably make an appearance on the next EP.


  1. she’s always made sweet smart sounds).

  2. Sounds like a cool chick, can’t wait to hear what she writes next.

  3. this is rad, can’t wait for 2015. the spec, thanks for diggin’ up this treat.

  4. I couldn’t take this out of my CD player for like 2 weeks. It’s grrreeeaaaattttt!

  5. I love her sound! Mellow but epic.

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