60 Seconds With... Ladies Singles
‘Ladies Singles’ – Kim Boekbinder, Jen Kingwell, Carly Fern, Xen Pow & Karen Heath
Define your genre in five words or less:
SPACE (Kim), Haunting (Jen), Lucid (Carly), Quirky (Xen), Ethereal (Karen).
What inspires or has influenced your music the most?
Mistakes. I think mistakes are important and wonderful creative instigators. The best art comes when something doesn't quite work out as expected but ends up being better for it. (KIM)
Do you have a pre-gig ritual? If so, what is it?
Vocal warm-ups, meditation and my grandmother’s sore throat remedy – gargling with whiskey. She’s very insistent that the most important part is swallowing it afterwards. Thanks, Grandma! (JEN)
What do you hate about the music industry?
I don't hate the music industry, but I find it difficult to fit into a perfectly sealed, never-changing box of definite classification. Like with most of our society’s systems, there needs to be movement and fluidity to adapt with the constantly evolving artist. The more we define something with words, the less responsibility we put on the audience to use their imagination...and that's what it's all about right? (CARLY)
If someone made a movie of your life who would play you?
The best person for the job would be Bugs Bunny. Sitting around in the sun with a smirk, playing ridiculous songs on a log somewhere pretty much has me pegged. Occasionally Keith Richards would take over, recording absurd humorous commentary on his Dictaphone and playing it back on repeat over a scotch or 10…but sooner or later he’d have to morph back to Bugsy sitting around in the sun with a carrot. (XEN)
If you could travel back in time and show one of your musical heroes your stuff, who would it be and why?
I'd go back to the Baroque era and try to show Bach my stuff. I know that he would laugh at me and be all 'Lo! Hark and yonder, I am but a genius who has written over 600 works! Women have naught a place in society but to bear children and be wenches (in my head, Bach might be a pirate), what is it that you seek from me? Begone! I shalt not listen to thy music you posit in mine direction. Herein and forthwith, come, be not foul of heart with mine rejection, but rather tell me your thoughts on my latest sonata!' (KAREN)
Ladies Singles perform at Phoenix Public House on Thursday May 3.