Harmony & Dissonance: Profile of a Performer (20 Questions)

by: Shoji

Welcome to the first installment in my blog series Harmony & Dissonance.  The blog focuses primarily on artist profiles, stories of musicians, and other random shit I think you need to read.  I am musician and writer so, full disclosure, my blog will very likely be centered that way.

In deciding who I wanted to interview first, I chose the local performer I saw as having so many fires in the oven, she’s about to burn down the whole fuckin’ world (in a good way).  Knowing I should cut to the chase, I give you:

Guinevere Q-nbfd

  • General

      1. Top 5 current favorite bands?

        1. Van Goat
        2. Janelle Monáe
        3. Nine Inch Nails
        4. Tool
        5. Radiohead
      2. What band(s) are you in?

        1. The Wyatt Act
        2. Doctor Striker
        3. SUNQ
        4. Project Queue
        5. Revolushn
        6. Kevin North Band
        7. Matt L.
        8. Purifiedment Funkensurance
        9. Tiny Hats
      3. What do you play?

        1. Bass & Vocals

 

  • Musical Career

      1. Are you on a path to making music your full-time gig?

        1. Music is my full-time gig! I’m always working and always not working at the same time. I love it 🙂   I quit my job in 2015. Now I play gigs, do session work, and music promotion.
      2. How do you invest in music?

        1. I practice every day, go to shows, play at jam sessions, host the Wednesday Night Open Mic at Neck of the Woods, study Jazz, and listen to lots of music. I’m obsessed with music!
  • Perspective

      1. How do you view your role in music?

        1. I grew up in musical theater and performance poetry. For me, music is an opportunity to push boundaries, take risks, and build a community of life-actors.  The audience becomes part of the shared experience. I love to break that 4th wall and include everybody!
      2. How do you view the role of music in the world?

        1. More than a vibration of sound waves, music unites us, inspires us, comforts us, uplifts us – it’s the universal language of the soul.
      3. What is the best thing about playing shows?

        1. Creating a world where we can truly express ourselves and feel free to make art – it’s an opportunity to say, “let’s step into this little fantasy together and see what happens.” It’s absolute magic. There’s nothing like it.
      4. What is the worst thing?

        1. Competing with internet shows and apathy. This is not the fault of the internet nor is it the fault of those who fall victim to apathy. It’s our society that wants to isolate us, alienate us from each other, numb us into submission so that we will be compliant consumers. Live music is a reaction to that. It’s a revolutionary middle finger in the air to commodity fetischism.
      5. What is your attitude towards sound?

        1. Live sound is very important. When the mix is just right and you can hear everything clearly, it makes a huge difference. The best sounding venues in San Francisco are Boom Boom Room, Bottom of the Hill, Neck of the Woods, and Slim’s. Also, they treat artists with respect. It’s refreshing.
      6. What is your attitude towards playing?

        1. Ya gotta play with your whole body, your whole being, every atom and bit of stardust born billions of years before us and here billions after. Give it everything – all of the passion, every last bit.
      7. What is your view on collaboration?

        1. I love to collaborate! I organize theme shows that interact with the audience. When we play with other bands and comedians, we get everyone involved.

          In the spirit of Situationist International, The Wyatt Act’s SlamRock Manifesto reads : Street-corner style poetry meets transgressive rock.
          SlamRock is a philosophy, a lifestyle, an attitude, a swagger. SlamRock is a reaction to a society of detached, automatic, alienated, civilized play-acts. SlamRock values process over product and interaction over isolation.
          3 Principles of SlamRock:
          1) Spontaneity
2) Variety
3) Put on a fucking show!
  • Random Questions from the Hat

  • What do you think are some important moments that shaped who you are?

 

        1. Performing poetry at 16th & Mission helped me learn how to hone in on delivery and improve my timing. There’s nothing more honest than a reaction from people on the street corner!
  • What musician(s) inspire(s) you?
        1. Janelle Monáe, Weird Al, Miles Davis, Flea, Victor Wooten, Amy Winehouse, Betty Davis, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Tenacious D, Nirvana, and (of course!) James Brown
  • Give me a recommend on one song by a touring/recording band you are into.
        1. “Quick” by Tank and the Bangas. Check out this live studio video
  • Give me a recommend on one song by a local band/artist you are into.
        1. “Give a Fuck” by Elliot Racine
  • What are some things you like about playing gigs?
        1. The excitement, the energy, the ability to connect in an outrageous way, the encounter with the “Tao” – that sense of wonderment and awe!
  • What do you wish was different about gigging?
        1. I like it when the sound is dialed in, the show runs on time, the crowd is excited and engaged, the performers work together to coordinate backline, promotion, and themes, and everybody stays to watch each other’s sets. Gotta love community support!
  • Describe your process for writing new material, recording, developing it.
        1. It depends. For writing, I stream it all out – sometimes based on prompts, sometimes dreams – and just let it flow. Then, I go back and edit. I never edit while I’m in the creation phase. Gotta keep those 2 parts separate. For recording, I practice to a click over and over to get that muscle memory working until it’s automatic. For developing, I like to delve into a piece like a method actor and really live each aspect of it in my day to day life.
  • If you were President of Musicians, what would be you platform?
      1. I would like to form a group or coalition (like the Musicians Union or Balanced Breakfast) and delegate groups to be in charge of different tasks. One vision I’d love to see is the music community coming together to endorse venues that treat musicians fairly – sorta like a “Fair Trade” stamp of approval. We all go to venues that have good sound, are organized, and fairly compensate musicians. Those venues will profit and the others will take note to improve their quality to match the endorsed venues. It would be a win-win for everybody!

 

Hold your breath in anticipation as I post more and increase my formatting skills 😉

Shoji

Shoji

Bass player/songwriter (Machine Zero), writer, artist, and all around funkadelicon. Musically a bastard and an upstart aspiring to greatness. Individually an organizer and a community-minded rabble rouser. I am interested in building musical community through working on projects of all types and genres. https://soundcloud.com/anarcoiris/sets/hip-hop-rap-backing-tracks https://soundcloud.com/anarcoiris/tracks Machine Zero - https://www.reverbnation.com/machinezero
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Harmony & Dissonance: Profile of a Performer (20 Questions)

by: Shoji

Welcome to the first installment in my blog series Harmony & Dissonance.  The blog focuses primarily on artist profiles, stories of musicians, and other random shit I think you need to read.  I am musician and writer so, full disclosure, my blog will very likely be centered that way.

In deciding who I wanted to interview first, I chose the local performer I saw as having so many fires in the oven, she’s about to burn down the whole fuckin’ world (in a good way).  Knowing I should cut to the chase, I give you:

Guinevere Q-nbfd

  • General

      1. Top 5 current favorite bands?

        1. Van Goat
        2. Janelle Monáe
        3. Nine Inch Nails
        4. Tool
        5. Radiohead
      2. What band(s) are you in?

        1. The Wyatt Act
        2. Doctor Striker
        3. SUNQ
        4. Project Queue
        5. Revolushn
        6. Kevin North Band
        7. Matt L.
        8. Purifiedment Funkensurance
        9. Tiny Hats
      3. What do you play?

        1. Bass & Vocals

 

  • Musical Career

      1. Are you on a path to making music your full-time gig?

        1. Music is my full-time gig! I’m always working and always not working at the same time. I love it 🙂   I quit my job in 2015. Now I play gigs, do session work, and music promotion.
      2. How do you invest in music?

        1. I practice every day, go to shows, play at jam sessions, host the Wednesday Night Open Mic at Neck of the Woods, study Jazz, and listen to lots of music. I’m obsessed with music!
  • Perspective

      1. How do you view your role in music?

        1. I grew up in musical theater and performance poetry. For me, music is an opportunity to push boundaries, take risks, and build a community of life-actors.  The audience becomes part of the shared experience. I love to break that 4th wall and include everybody!
      2. How do you view the role of music in the world?

        1. More than a vibration of sound waves, music unites us, inspires us, comforts us, uplifts us – it’s the universal language of the soul.
      3. What is the best thing about playing shows?

        1. Creating a world where we can truly express ourselves and feel free to make art – it’s an opportunity to say, “let’s step into this little fantasy together and see what happens.” It’s absolute magic. There’s nothing like it.
      4. What is the worst thing?

        1. Competing with internet shows and apathy. This is not the fault of the internet nor is it the fault of those who fall victim to apathy. It’s our society that wants to isolate us, alienate us from each other, numb us into submission so that we will be compliant consumers. Live music is a reaction to that. It’s a revolutionary middle finger in the air to commodity fetischism.
      5. What is your attitude towards sound?

        1. Live sound is very important. When the mix is just right and you can hear everything clearly, it makes a huge difference. The best sounding venues in San Francisco are Boom Boom Room, Bottom of the Hill, Neck of the Woods, and Slim’s. Also, they treat artists with respect. It’s refreshing.
      6. What is your attitude towards playing?

        1. Ya gotta play with your whole body, your whole being, every atom and bit of stardust born billions of years before us and here billions after. Give it everything – all of the passion, every last bit.
      7. What is your view on collaboration?

        1. I love to collaborate! I organize theme shows that interact with the audience. When we play with other bands and comedians, we get everyone involved.

          In the spirit of Situationist International, The Wyatt Act’s SlamRock Manifesto reads : Street-corner style poetry meets transgressive rock.
          SlamRock is a philosophy, a lifestyle, an attitude, a swagger. SlamRock is a reaction to a society of detached, automatic, alienated, civilized play-acts. SlamRock values process over product and interaction over isolation.
          3 Principles of SlamRock:
          1) Spontaneity
2) Variety
3) Put on a fucking show!
  • Random Questions from the Hat

  • What do you think are some important moments that shaped who you are?

 

        1. Performing poetry at 16th & Mission helped me learn how to hone in on delivery and improve my timing. There’s nothing more honest than a reaction from people on the street corner!
  • What musician(s) inspire(s) you?
        1. Janelle Monáe, Weird Al, Miles Davis, Flea, Victor Wooten, Amy Winehouse, Betty Davis, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Tenacious D, Nirvana, and (of course!) James Brown
  • Give me a recommend on one song by a touring/recording band you are into.
        1. “Quick” by Tank and the Bangas. Check out this live studio video
  • Give me a recommend on one song by a local band/artist you are into.
        1. “Give a Fuck” by Elliot Racine
  • What are some things you like about playing gigs?
        1. The excitement, the energy, the ability to connect in an outrageous way, the encounter with the “Tao” – that sense of wonderment and awe!
  • What do you wish was different about gigging?
        1. I like it when the sound is dialed in, the show runs on time, the crowd is excited and engaged, the performers work together to coordinate backline, promotion, and themes, and everybody stays to watch each other’s sets. Gotta love community support!
  • Describe your process for writing new material, recording, developing it.
        1. It depends. For writing, I stream it all out – sometimes based on prompts, sometimes dreams – and just let it flow. Then, I go back and edit. I never edit while I’m in the creation phase. Gotta keep those 2 parts separate. For recording, I practice to a click over and over to get that muscle memory working until it’s automatic. For developing, I like to delve into a piece like a method actor and really live each aspect of it in my day to day life.
  • If you were President of Musicians, what would be you platform?
      1. I would like to form a group or coalition (like the Musicians Union or Balanced Breakfast) and delegate groups to be in charge of different tasks. One vision I’d love to see is the music community coming together to endorse venues that treat musicians fairly – sorta like a “Fair Trade” stamp of approval. We all go to venues that have good sound, are organized, and fairly compensate musicians. Those venues will profit and the others will take note to improve their quality to match the endorsed venues. It would be a win-win for everybody!

 

Hold your breath in anticipation as I post more and increase my formatting skills 😉

Shoji

Shoji

Bass player/songwriter (Machine Zero), writer, artist, and all around funkadelicon. Musically a bastard and an upstart aspiring to greatness. Individually an organizer and a community-minded rabble rouser. I am interested in building musical community through working on projects of all types and genres. https://soundcloud.com/anarcoiris/sets/hip-hop-rap-backing-tracks https://soundcloud.com/anarcoiris/tracks Machine Zero - https://www.reverbnation.com/machinezero
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