ALEXIS YOUNGBLOOD - YOUNGBLOOD
Myself: So I don't know if you heard about the project, but it is called “Women FOR Women” - a project I started with a good friend of mine, Lo Waight who is also part of the project as a musician. I did this through photography and a bunch of interviews with each woman in the project! Its basically a way to shine light on lots of local female musicians, but also since i am doing media this weekend (rock the shores) I thought it would be really cool to try and connect with a few women playing the festival! So i just have some questions for you (and the other ladies interested!)
My first question is “who are some of your female and male influences are growing up and who they are now!?”
Alexis (YOUNGBLOOD): Ahhh good question! When I was a teenager I was super into Canadian Indie Rock - I was a big fan of Emily Haines from Metric, and Amy Milan from Stars. Also Neko Case of New Pornographers (even though she is technically American ;)) - those three ladies are pretty influential for me, I also really loved Feist, and Cat Power. Those are all pretty integral to me. Growing older I think I have kind of taken a step back beyond the immediacy of the music industry and I have become a lot more influenced by the past. So, Grace Jones currently, not just in her songs, but her attitude and her style - I think she's a super badass bitch. Obviously Debby Harry. Now, David Bowie is a man, but I kind of feel like he skirts that line -
Myself: (I awkwardly interject here) - I think it's important to show support for both sides, both genders, the project isn't just Women for Women but hoping as a united from for both genders to support each other, influence each other, uplift each other.
Alexis: Totally! - David Bowie did skirt that line of androgyny and showed the world it’s okay to be something different, and be what you want. That being said i think it's still easier for a man to be like a woman, compared to a woman being like a man. So I think we have a ways to go with regards to that - but that's not to say that we cant have a new David Bowie in the future, who skirts the line of androgyny but from a Woman's standpoint - being more like a man. The inspiration is out there.
Myself: Absolutely - My last question is what is your favorite part about performing?
Alexis: Ah. Everything. It's kind of like a love hate relationship sometimes, like “why do i do this?” “this is the WEIRDEST fucking job!” but it's also, the best! The best days are the best days and the worst days are the worst. If you are playing to thousands of people and they're like singing along, and crowd surfing, you then think “this is the best thing ever!” and you get a fat pay cheque at the end and THEN can think “I GOT PAID FOR THIS?!” - But the worst days are nobody shows up, no one sees your show but the sound tech and bartender. We’ve played to clubs at like 11pm to no one before. Favorite part - serious answer though, connecting with people. Its a really important part - writing music and sharing music. You need to deal with yourself, and the only way you know how is to just put it into a song, and to have somebody who is dealing with something, similar, and have that song help them is super special and i never want to take it for granted.