How did this band come together/why David Bowie?
– Maria and I were making dances together a couple years ago. One night, we were talking about how it felt like we were trying to communicate with dance the thing that gets communicated through rock & roll – vibrant, queer ferocity, a sort-of reckless abandon within a really pleasing aesthetic frame. I had been working with Bowie’s music on my own for a while because he’s a prophet and a prognosticator – I felt like songs like Lady Stardust and Five Years were almost a preemptive allegory for 21st century anxieties and indulgences. I think we wanted to transcend, and Ziggy Stardust was a way to do that.
I knowone of the members is involved in girls rock camp, I’m curious if that ideology is something you think about as a female performer.
– Maria and Jackie both work for BAGRC (Bay Area Girls Rock band), and I do think that ethos permeated our process, especially when we were just starting out. None of us had ever been in a band before, so there was this implicit encouragement, this permission, this sense of affirmation and empowerment that we were able to hold for each other in the practice space, without losing any of the rigor and inquiry necessary to make good music. It’s always been a pretty feminist modality of making for us – we bring a lot of our different selves to the crafting of each show, especially in character and theatricality. We spend a lot of time checking in with each other emotionally, which helps the music function as both a container and a release for whatever our $*** is that day.
I’ve been thinking a lot about creating situations, particularly in our performance, that allow us create & engage with our fantasies or other selves— any of that seem relevant to you, if so could you speak to that?
– Playing LadyStardust is really vital for my survival. Especially working in a career that requires me to “manage”- it’s really important for me to have the performance space tobe unmanaged and wild. Lady Stardust is a way for me to embody all the fervor and furor that seems to accompany contemporary living and just try to share that with people, be there together, not pretend to stifle it under some costume or pretense. Sometimes I feel like Lady Stardust is who I really am, and the rest of life is the performance.