Interview

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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 top.

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 growing.

Liberation: They’re hurting right now aren’t they?

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 whole scene.

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 day’?

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 25!

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.
on the web | www.toiletboys.com

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