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Liberation: Is there anyone
new on the scene, any band say like in the past six
months to a year
that you’d say ‘you really have to
listen to these people’.
Miss Guy: The new Franz Ferdinand album. The Yeah
Yeah Yeah’s, I really like them because they’re
doing something a little different. I like The White
Stripes too but they’re really not that new.
Liberation: Do you think The White Stripes have
a future? Do you think they can keep going?
Miss Guy: I think they’re the only ones who
have a future out of this new wave of rock.
Liberation: I think out of all of them The White
Stripes are going to be the ones that come out on
Miss Guy: They’re true artists.
To me The Strokes are just like a boy band put together
the same way 'N Sync is. I really like The White
Stripes, seeing them live I get a thrill and a feeling
that it’s something great. The Stokes, I mean,
I just can’t think of another band that are
more boring live, when I saw them I was like ‘you’ve
got to be kidding me.’
Liberation: When the labels hear you and see you,
what is their response?
Miss Guy: I’m just starting to get my new
music out now and I’m doing it differently
than I did it with The Toilet Boys. With The Toilet
Boys they either liked us or hated us. A lot of the
people were into the music but not necessarily into
my image, or vice versa. Labels are full of shit,
they really don’t know what they want.
Liberation: Do bands really need labels anymore
other than just to have someone shell out the cash?
Miss Guy: It’s important. It costs a lot of
money to make a record, it costs the label a lot
to promote the record, it costs a lot to tour. It’s
definitely different than it was but you do need
a label to get you out there unless don’t care
about doing it on a big level. If you wanted to do
it on a smaller level, you can always go with an
Independent. You need that financial backing and
all you can do is hope you made the right decision
with the label because they’re all pretty scummy,
even the Independents aren’t as cool as they
were 10 or 15 years ago.
In the music business, the
artists are the only ones who aren’t protected. The music industry
is like the way Hollywood used to be in the golden
era where a studio owns it. People like Marilyn Monroe
and Olivia Dehavilland helped to break down that
studio system and allowed people like Sharon Stone
and Tom Cruise to make millions of dollars. I think
that’s what needs to happen in the music industry.
I think you should be free to make a record with
a label the same way an actor makes a movie with
a studio. It’s slavery and everybody gets reimbursed
for everything except the artist. It’s really
tough and that’s why the record industry is
failing because they’re not being cool and
they’re not being flexible and changing, and
Liberation: They’re hurting right now aren’t
Miss Guy: Oh yeah. And the only way bands can make
money these days is to tour.
Liberation: That’s why bands
like Garbage and U2 tour for two, two and a half
years at a time. I’m a huge Garbage fan. Shirley
is always writing on her website about how grueling
the non stop touring can be. That’s why Sharon
Osbourne signed that deal with MTV because Ozzy
would have to tour until he was dust in a grave
to keep enough of a lifestyle going. The only way
he was making money was to constantly be touring.
The man is 250 years old, he’s basically a
walking vat of red wine and vicodin and he’s
still getting up there.
Miss Guy: She’s so smart, though I wish she
would just stop it though because it’s become
such a joke. It’s hard to take him seriously
on stage. The Black Sabbath stuff is dark and evil
and scary to some people so for him to be the Archie
Bunker of this generation is embarrassing. I always
thought Ozzy was so cool and I’m sure he’s
a great guy. Having seen that show a couple of times
I thought it’s not funny, it’s sad and
embarrassing. You’re laughing at the fact that
he’s a fucking old, shaking fool.
Liberation: What would you tell some 19 year old
that is coming to New York to be a rock star?
Miss Guy: Just go for it, do what you love. I was
warned from Jesse from D-Generation about corporate
record labels and I still got signed to a shitty
label and had a really bad experience. If I could
warm someone I’d say watch out for those guys
at record labels because they’re sharks!
Liberation: Is there anything that you wish someone
had said to you, some little pearl of wisdom that
you wish you had known then?
Miss Guy: I moved here when I was 18 and came from
a home where I had people telling me what to do and
how to live and how to be. So I don’t have
any regrets and I don’t think there’s
anything that anyone could have told me that…
Liberation: Oh, I’m not suggesting you should
have any regrets, I’m just saying is there
anything you wish that someone could have shed some
light on that took you a while to see?
Miss Guy: This isn’t anything
that someone could have said to me because like I
said I was 18 and I would have been like, ‘fuck
you’ because I wanted to fuck off for a while
and I did fuck off for a while. The only thing in
retrospect that I would have done differently is
that I wish I would have gotten serious quicker with
music. I was meeting people, I was going to the Cat
Club, which nobody went to the Cat Club except for
the metal dudes. I just wasn’t meeting anybody
that was into what I was into so it took until 95,
96, when I met Sean and those guys to click with
people musically and to be on the same page. It all
happened the way it was supposed to but I wish I
started a little bit sooner.
Liberation: It’s so easy to get lost in the
Miss Guy: I wanted to fuck off and go out and drink
and go out every night.
Liberation: In retrospect, do you think that’s
part of the whole journey that you’re on?
Miss Guy: Yeah, I think so. I know I have always
wanted a band ever since I was a child but I didn’t
know how I was going to do it and I was insecure.
I was really happy for a number of years just to
dress up and go out and be treated like a star. I
never had to pay for anything and that was a big
thrill to me coming from a small town in San Diego
where you had to drive forever to somewhere fun and
then pay. It was great, I was 18 and drinking for
free every night of the week and going where I wanted
to go and great parties, hanging out with celebrities.
That was fun but that wore off.
Liberation: So when you got here, you were really
thinking, ‘I’m going to form a band one
Miss Guy: Yeah! I was thinking of that part.
Liberation: I think that’s the big misconception
when you’re 20 is that you have all of the
time in the world, and then 30 hits!
Miss Guy: I’ll let you know when I reach 30!
Liberation: I’ll let you know when I reach
Miss Guy's solo
album is due out early 2005
Miss Guy DJs Wednesdays at The
Cock and Saturdays at Boysroom.
'The Early Years' (Morpheus Records) was released
August 22nd, 2004.
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