13 Questions with Wax Idols.
1. First off, who are you and what genre of music do you make?
This is such a hard question to answer. Wax Idols has moved between many different labels and genres, and I like to make up new genre names for every record. I’ve coined things like “bitch pop” “morbid classics”, etc. Haha. I think we are essentially a pop band that comes from a punk background — influenced by a million different things from dream pop, post-punk and shoegaze to Turkish psych music and jazz. We just love and absorb music in all its forms (except maybe mainstream country?)
2. If you had to describe your music with a color, what would it be?
Deep Sea Blue
3. What’s the biggest struggle you have when it comes to creating?
Finding the motivation to carry on when it often feels pretty meaningless. The world is in such turmoil and sometimes it feels like my time, passion, and intellect would be better spent if I’d become a lawyer or an environmental activist or something of that nature. But this is my calling & I know that music helps people through the darkest times. It certainly has healed and saved me over and over again throughout my entire life. It’s the only thing I’ve ever really cared about since I was a small child. I don’t really think I could do anything other than create. I would probably just wither away and die.
4. If you could play any show in the world, what would it be?
Any show with my bandmates where we are surrounded by people who are empowered and inspired by what we do on stage is the best show in the world
5. What do you consider your biggest musical success?
Coming as far as we have come as a band is an incredible measure of success to me. Honestly having the lineup that I have now is thee biggest success – Wax Idols has gone through so many lineup configurations and changes over the years until I could get it dialed in just right. Peter, Rachel & Marisa are the perfect counterparts for me within the framework of this band. They fully understand the vision I have and have multitudes of their own ideas and talents to contribute to the project. I feel incredibly lucky to have them involved. On a personal level, I came from an extremely rural, bleak & isolated place in the Midwest where there was no hope or prospects for pretty much anyone, let alone a freak like me. My family didn’t have any money and there was no one around who was encouraging or supportive of my ambitions as an artist, so I left home when I was 16 and made my way on my own. I didn’t really know what was out there for me, but I knew I had to try and make something happen for myself otherwise there would be no point in staying on the planet. It’s easy to get discouraged and compare your successes to the seemingly more shiny successes of others, but the fact is a lot of my peers had a lot more advantages than I did from the get go – whether it be something as simple as being born in a creatively active environment like a major city or a coastal region, having financial support from family members, etc. Every day I am reminded that I have so much to be grateful for and proud of. Every day is a success. I could’ve easily wound up living in a trailer park with some abusive loser, popping out kids and eventually killing myself.
6. What inspired you to start making music?
Survival. I started writing poetry and playing instruments when I was really young as a form of escapism. Creating my own little world in my room has often been a much better alternative to engaging with the “real world”, a place that generally has chewed me up and spit me out over and over again since birth.
7. If you could hear any person living or dead sing to you, who would it be?
8. Who, aside from any band or musician, is your biggest influence?
9. What’s your favorite book?
A Spy in the House of Love by Anais Nin
10. What do you like to do other than music?
I love hanging out with my bandmates and a few of my closest friends, just at home one on one or in small groups. These days I spend most of my time when I’m not working with my boyfriend in our home, cultivating a calm & secure environment for ourselves and cooking a lot. Listening to records. Reading. Spending time in nature.
11. Who is your favorite musical artist?
A TRULY impossible question. David Bowie and Prince are up there, may they both rest in eternal splendor. Cleaners From Venus is one of my all time favorites as well. Selda Bagcan, Marianne Faithful, Sade…
12. What’s one piece of advice you have for young musicians?
Know that if your true passion and purpose in life is to make music, it will not be a walk in the park. You have to work really hard every day just like any other person in any other industry to get where you want to go. Also, never sit around waiting for inspiration to strike you. You have to sit down and play, write, etc. for at least a little while every single day – even when you don’t feel like it. The world owes you nothing – you have to fight for your dreams. No one else will do it for you.
13. Lastly, what’s your lucky number?