Interview with Something About Vampires And Sluts
SAVAS is like a cross between the B-52’s & The Ramones, really fun & energetic rock music. Chrissy & Brian play keyboards & guitar (respectively) & are also in another band together called Planet Cock & do DJ work together as well. Brian McKenzie also is the man behind Electric Bird Noise.
QRD – How do you turn music mode on & off in your relationship with each other? Or do you find yourself pretty constantly collaborating on music even if it’s songs about cooking?
Chrissy – For Brian & I, it is just a natural thing. We do have a certain mode that we go into when rehearsing, touring, etc.; but it’s not something that we consciously do. We make up songs about our cats sometimes, but that’s just goofing around.
QRD – How has your music changed by having someone you’re romantically involved with working with you?
Chrissy – We had a strong connection before we started seeing each other, which helped us to collaborate within both Planet Cock & SAVAS. I can’t say that there’s been much musical change in direct correlation to our relationship; we’ve continued to work together just as we did before. There wasn’t ever this strong shift in dynamics or anything like that.
QRD – How do you keep things professional rather than getting personal in the band? Like not letting being upset that someone’s not doing their house chores spill into band practice?
Chrissy – This has never really been an issue for us. I don’t know, the whole notion just seems kind of silly.
QRD – Do you think working musically together increases the strength of your relationship?
Chrissy – You’re working on another level with someone who you already have a spiritual connection to & also sharing something that you are both passionate about ? sure it does.
QRD – Do you think the music ever suffers because of your relationship?
Chrissy – No.
QRD – Being in a romantic couple, do you try to curb lyrical content to or away from things in your relationship?
Chrissy – Neither Brian or I are lyricists, so no.
QRD – A lot of families kind of look down on musicians as immature, do you find that going out with another musician has eased relationships with your parents or in-laws?
Chrissy – We’re both lucky to have extremely supportive families ? I think they are more happy to see us happy than anything.
QRD – Which came first the musical collaboration or the relationship & do you feel that at this point that you could have one without the other?
Chrissy – Musical collaboration came first. I can’t really imagine my life without Brian, much less some musical project.
QRD – Do you find music related gifts to be romantic or more like giving someone an appliance?
Chrissy – I guess it depends what it is -- the best gifts are always thoughtful; this applies to music related ones as well. My melodica was a gift & that was really nice. I can’t say I’d want to get something like patch cords, ha-ha.
QRD – The musician life style has an inherent lack of financial security & healthcare. Do you find yourself thinking, “How can we start a family & continue our musical careers?”
Chrissy – We don’t rely on music as a main source of income, so that helps. Also, we’re not exactly in a rush to start a family or anything like that ? we’ll cross that road when we get there.
QRD – Do you ever switch off instruments to give each other ideas?
Chrissy – I can’t exactly play the guitar, so no. On a similar note though, Brian frequently has me listen to recording projects he’s working on & we bounce around ideas/opinions.
QRD – A lot of people say they feel most spiritually connected to another person is when they’re on stage & the set is working. Is this what you find & how does this energy flow into your romantic relationship?
Chrissy – There’s a definite energy exchange when you play a show ? between you & the band members ? between you & the crowd ? so when you have a good show (or a bad show) everyone feels it. I think that everyone within the band has their moments of connectivity, including Brian & I.
QRD – Some couples start to get seen as a unit with one member as dominant. Do you ever want to get one of you more recognition?
Chrissy – Like in a Sonny & Cher/Ike & Tina kind of way??? Ha-ha. I don’t know that this really applies to us. Brian is much more active musically than I am & has been involved in our local music scene for #! years. Recognition is not an issue.
QRD – Musicians often run into fans with crushes, is there a secret to recognizing when something is getting inappropriate instead of being band promoting?
Chrissy – The secret is common sense & respect. If you’re in a serious, secure relationship this should come naturally.
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