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A Popup Interview with Karen Davis

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CK:

Who are your biggest influences?

Karen Davis:

The Who - specifically Pete Townshend's guitar double-time rhythm guitar style; Led Zeppelin, Yes and Aretha Franklin.


CK:

Where do you practice as a band and how often?

Karen Davis:

We generally practice here in the living room. It's very convenient to be married to your bandmate - rehersals don't require leaving the house. We usually wrap up by or before 10 PM, so as not to stress the neighbors too much.


CK:

You have been asked to travel outside the US or your home country for a good cause, do you go?

Karen Davis:

More than likely. I don't like to fly -tend to scream a little on flights, so I annoy my fellow passengers. If we could go to Canada or Mexico, we could - concievably drive. That's not a perfect solution, because I am alos a vociferous back-seat driver, but it beats screaming. If we have to fly, someone will have to get me some Xanax.


CK:

How did you/all learn to play, self or school?

Karen Davis:

Both. I took private piano lessons, and one of the girls I went to school with was taking guitar lessons. She'd bring her guitar to school and play John Denver songs. She would show me how to play chords. Since I started playing piano before guitar, I knew how to read music, so I took myself through most of the first Mel Bay book. Then started learning Monkees songs, songs we sang at summer camp - some Mozart stuff I was playing on piano. Anything intereting. I also took guitar lessons for a few months after college.


CK:

Last stage gig you did:

Karen Davis:

We played at the Algonquin Theater in South Street Seaport on April 1. We also played there on March 26. Beautiful location, practically in the Hudson River - amazing views of the bridges and the boats. The music was pretty good too.


CK:

Let us say that you have been just signed by a major label and they say time to move 2500 miles. Now what, would you be able to move?

Karen Davis:

We'd leave all the furniture, take the guitars and the bikes - transfer all the data out of this big clunky computer into a laptop and take that. Also all my fun clothes. That's it.


CK:

Describe your most important gig and what made it so important.

Karen Davis:

The next gig is the most important. Seriously. There've been some gigs that were supposed to 'lead' to something, and they never did; there were others that were just one-offs that were fun and lead us to really cool people we're still friends with. You never know when one's more important that another. Actually, the nursing home gigs I do are extrememly important because they put to roof over my head. Love those.


CK:

How long does it take for an average song to go from a musical idea to a recordable song?

Karen Davis:

I'm a slow writer - it can really take me years, but with the easy to use video camera, once I have a set of lyrics, a chord progression and a melody that's mostly fleshed out, we can get it recorded as soon as I can play it thorugh. Haven't mastered Joe's 16 track Yamaha yet - too many details. The video camera is quick and easy. Now, I'd say it's a quesiton of weeks.


CK:

Which online distribution sites do you use?

Karen Davis:

We're on myspace ( http://www.myspace.com/boomslang ) facebook ( http://www.facebook.com/karendavisrock ) and reverbnation ( http://www.reverbnation.com/karendavismusic )


CK:

What made you want to pursue songwriting?

Karen Davis:

Hard to say. I just love putting melody, words and chords together. It's an endless fascination of what you can do with 7 letters, 6 strings and all the words you know. These elements which, on their own are inanimate, but when combined in the right way can be - at the very least - fun and entertaining - at the very best - life-changingly insightful and beautiful.



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