I've dry humped people at shows. I mean, that could influence opinions...
Last year, I jumped at the chance to perform one song with Deadtown at Ed Rudy's AC/DC Tribute night at Fatty's (little plug there - I am a drummer and still play from time to time.) We rehearsed "Nightprowler" and somehow twisted it into a campy B'52s-esque kinda song. At the time I was thinking I might be offered a job at a digital media agency in Singapore and might miss the show if offered position. How can you choose a job in an office over playing drums with Deadtown Trash? You can't! This is a once in a lifetime opportunity that warms my heart and fills my empty stomach even to this day!
We want to know why she's coming back, what she's got planned, what she's been up to and really what goes on in that mind. B is a pretty quiet person and right before a performance she seems to disappear into her own world reappearing on stage as the lioness of the Bangkok jungle. It's always an amazing performance, but who is the real B?
Prior to Deadtown Trash, what was your musical experience?
Honestly, I've never been in a band before. I've always enjoyed music and found that to be what I connect to most. I remember my university lover said, "I know you want to do music". hell, I didn't even really know that I waned to do music. I hadn't owned that passion yet. I didn't really own it until recently, since being back in the states. I've always been expressive with words though. I love to write.
What inspires your lyrics?
I write all the time but with DTT, those lyrics are inspired by the music. it usually happens while we're in practice being ridiculous & talking shit. they'll be jamming, coming up with riffs, and piecing them together. I'll be doing my thing while listening to them. it usually hits me pretty quickly what to write. whatever the song makes me feel is usually what I write about. it's fun. I like that we have synergy.
How do you feel onstage?
I feel damn good. adrenaline like you wouldn't believe. it's like a high. I can only perform sober for some reason. drugs and alcohol fuck up my vibe. I guess that's a good thing.
Do you get stage fright?
I did once when this guy I was seeing came to our show. dear god, he was hottttt. I tried not to let it show. I can be shy at times but I don't let those feelings hold me back. that's petty shit.
Is your stage persona your true self? What inspires the stage presence?
Haha it definitely is my true self but not many people know that side. I'm pretty introverted actually. I love being alone rather than just being around people for the sake of company. I get rejuvenated from solitude. that's why at our shows I'm usually chilling out quietly, kinda preserving myself. at the same time though, I'm pretty outgoing. my stage persona is just my way to express myself without having to talk to anybody haha it's my platform to release my rage, playfulness, frustration, raunchiness, and all the layers of who i am. performing is my favorite part of it all.
I've heard critics say "the whole band is Brittany" - I'm not sure what that means but you are the front woman. How do you interpret that statement?
Who are these critics? tell them that if they care so much that they should sponsor our shit. haha but I've dry humped people at shows. I mean, that could influence opinions haha
What have you been doing back in the USA? Where?
I've been missing Bangkok like fucking crazy. going mad over here! america is overrated. i first arrived in LA when I got back. I have a clan of family there. it was chill. plus LA is one of the most scenic states. then, my grandma's health got a bit shaky. I'm in Atlanta now making sure she's all good. I've tried lending some vox for some projects here but everyone's doing the same shit. it's underwhelming. meh. I'm just plotting right now... blueprinting what's to come next.
I've been hearing you may come back. Is that true? What's up?
Bangkok and I have unfinished business. I can't even begin to elaborate on how damn good that city has been to me. seriously. I definitely plan to come back and build upon that. in due time.
What are your professional goals at this point?
The word professional used to annoy the shit out of me because I associated that with corporate jobs and such. now that I've realized that a corporate lifestyle doesn't line up with my goals exactly, I've embraced the fact that I'm on the path to being a creative professional. focusing on building my brand now and positioning myself where I'm able to make a living off the things that i enjoy doing because I know that I can. music, modeling, songwriting, and copywriting are on the list. I have a few business ideas too. plans A-Z.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
location -- don't know. bangkok makes a great home base but I love to travel. I'd be thirty though so by then, I have to be established in my creative career and be able to live as I choose. I'm FAR from being at ease if I'm restricted in any way so I know that I need freedom do to what inspires me. so... I'm starting now. in 5 years, I'll definitely be a performance artist, amongst other things. super saiyan señorita status +++
I'm excited about evvvverrryyythinnngg.
The jury is out on whether there will be a Deadtown Trash revival but we will see.
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