1. What music (or other art form) inspires you when you create your art?
I’m inspired by old school vintage dance music. Anything with a beat that makes me want to dance! From jump Blues and swing to roots rock, rockabilly and surf to 60’s Go-Go. I feel like I write for women because we love to dance and interact. If the dance floor is filled with happy women and I’m happy, then it’s a party and I’ve done my job. Of course, I have to be able to make myself happy too so it transfers to everyone!
2. Long distance road trip: what three people do you invite along (fictional or non-fictional, dead or alive)?
Wow, really…only 3? Okay Amy Winehouse, Patsy Cline and Nick Curran. All have passed on but feel alive and thriving inside of me! My three band mates are my real life road buddies and the musical conversations are endless. Yesterday was our Spaghetti Western theme.
3. What is your favorite breakfast cereal?
Breakfast cereal favorite right now is Berry Fruitful, but I call it Berry Faithful. It’s shredded wheat squares with yummy Berry jam inside…oh and almond milk!
4. What is one thing that is hanging on your bedroom wall?
Above my bed is one of my grooviest scores! A 5×3 foot early late 60’s atomic style string art. It’s was a trend in the pop art world so you don’t find many of them today. I attached a pic!
5. What smell/scent evokes strong memories for you?
The smell of homemade bread brings back childhood memories. My mom used to bake all day once a month because we had a huge family, but since I was her baby, she’d make me an adorable little loaf of bread. That was our one on one time 😉
6. Coffee or tea?
Coffee (strong ass) in the morning, tea (for coming down) in the evening.
7. What has been the most impactful compliment, or criticism, you have ever received?
I’ve recently been blown away with messages from our fans, describing how healing, energizing and uplifting our music is for them. Writing connects me to myself, my emotions and my journey, but I’m finding that it is giving the listeners a voice and a connection to their journey as well. People are suffering daily, in ways we can’t imagine, so if just one song can uplift, imagine how excited I am to continue writing! I played a song I wrote last week for a fan the other night in a public restroom and she was bawling her head off, then I started crying and it was such a sweet moment!
8. Three words that describe you?
Vivacious. Exciting. Dynamic.
9. What is/was your cartoon character crush?
Wonder Woman …bad ass outfit and her truth rope!
10. The world is ending in ten minutes and you get to listen to one, and only one, song: Which song?
Barney Kessel’ s “Love for Sale” on his Bossa Nova record.
Love for Sale :: Barney Kessel
Let’s Do This Thing :: Kerry Pastine & The Crime Scene
I love love love when I discover a new band/artist that just grabs hold of me, shakes me, makes me feel fired up and excited – and that is just what Kerry Pastine & The Crime Scene have did to me. I want to spin, shake, rattle, roll and dance-dance-dance. I want to scream-sing-a-long. And, I think once you give them a listen you will want to join me. So, go on, hit play and “let’s do this thing”!
They are a little bit rockabilly (or, well, a LOT), a little bit 60’s jive, a little girl-group, a little bit country and a little bit rock-and-roll, a little bit musical film noir and a whole lot of strong female lead awesomeness. I am so fired up by their music.
Test the Fire :: Kerry Pastine & The Crime Scene
You wanna see them live? (I know I do) – check them out at bandsintown.
Here’s a taste of them live:
Play the Rush (live) :: Kerry Pastine & The Crime Scene
I want to thank Kerry Pastine, for participating in the Keep Art Alive: 10 Questions Project.
Please remember to support the art and artists you enjoy and discover – be a part of what KEEPS ART ALIVE by going to shows, buying what you can, and supporting and promoting what you love. ALWAYS.