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Miike Snow Interview, April 12th 2010

Miike Snow Interview, April 12th 2010

conducted by Hugo Lunny

We were expecting to give MVRemix readers and viewers the interview in video form, but that didn’t get to happen.

Upon arriving at the venue, Miike Snow’s manager told me that the video interview I had assumed we were going to be conducting would in actual fact not take place, and that we could still use the video camera but only for audio. He was informed one thing, we were another. And so, still wanting the interview to take place, we got what we could.

After meeting the tall lead singer Andrew Wyatt (the other two group members were visiting family), we went into a backstage room to sit and chat. Wyatt insisted that he was worried about his voice and that he only wanted to speak at a certain volume, and that he did. He considered his answers before answering, and didn’t just shoot off something in a conceited manner. There was time and consideration into what he said.

Occasionally answers were muffled by the bass of the soundcheck going on below us, however the transcripts explain exactly what was said.

Miike Snow Interview part 2:

Lullabye Arkestra Interview Part 2

Lullabye Arkestra Interview

Interviewed by Heather Snowball

MVRemix: And so you guys started dating before you formed as a band?

Kat: Just before…

Justin: Like four days. It was like…we could go to a movie or to the rehearsal studio.

MVRemix: Do you find that being a couple provides a good dynamic for being on stage and for writing music?

Lullabye Arkestra: Yeah.

Kat: I don’t think that we are sickeningly couple-y on stage at all.

Justin: No not at all. I think it is suspended well when we are performing. If people think it is cute that we are a married couple and it is cool if it adds to their experiment. But I find that generally the way we play music that’s not the point. I know some couple bands make a point…we are not Captain and Tennille. We don’t sing duets together we just shout at you.

Kat: There are some love songs in there but they are not your mushy love songs.

Justin: So if you enjoy being shouted at by people who don’t shout at each other then you are in the right place.

MVRemix: Would you say that your relationship is reflected in your music?

Justin: Well we know that this is not the auditorium for that kind of business.

Kat: I don’t think we have any songs that are directly about our relationship, except maybe one.

Justin: Which one?

Kat: “All I Can Give Ya”

Justin: Oh yeah, that’s a soul song.

Kat: And yeah I think it’s written about each other.

Justin: Yeah, that’s cool.

Kat: But that’s the one and only. The point is that we are two people that love each other yes, but are creating something together and we have way more interesting topics to talk about than our relationship.

MVRemix: So where would you say you find a lot of your inspiration for writing both music and lyrics?

Justin: Well we are music lovers. I know it sounds cliché to say “I love everything” but I love about 70% of everything. And the other stuff I have a full on war against. Like we are really big jazz fans but it doesn’t really translate into our music. But the spirit of some of that jazz music will be reflected. We can come to a part in a song and wonder “what do you want to do here?” and we’ll go off on some crazy jazz freak-out. Also metal is a big influence. Punk rock. The rock’n’roll attitude.

MVRemix: And for lyrics?

Kat: Lyrics are always tough. We struggle with those. Sometimes they are personal, sometimes more political, sometimes they are just party lyrics. Generally we come up with the song and song structure first and then we will ask “what do we want this to be about?” and normally one or both of us will have topics in our heads that we want to explore. I don’t think there is any set way that we do lyrics. I’d say Justin probably writes a bit more than I do.

Justin: Yeah.

Kat: But we definitely collaborate, especially with choruses or parts that we are both singing. We bounce ideas off each other.

MVRemix: How did you guys get into music?

Justin: She was an athletic swimmer and then gave that up to play the guitar.

Kat: Yeah, I was a competitive swimmer until I was 16 and then kind of had enough of the physical stuff and got more excited about music and listening to music and anytime that I would listen to music I would always listen to the bass line. And my brother is actually also a musician – he plays the guitar in a bunch of bands in Toronto – so he kind of introduced me to it. But I would always hear the song for the bass line and not the chords and so I thought, maybe I should pick up a bass and see what happens. And so me and my brother would jam together which was great and we are both still playing.

Justin: I’ve always played music since I was a small, small kid. My parents put me into music because they couldn’t do anything else with me because I wasn’t physical at all – I hated sports. And then I was an awkward metal loving teenager that girls thought looked funny so I played a lot of guitar and ended up in metal bands.

MVRemix: It’s worked out okay…

Justin: Yeah. It’s worked out alright!

MVRemix: How have you evolved since the start of your music career?

Kat: I hope a lot. I think as any person does as they grow older.

Justin: I’ve seen her swim…she’s a much better bass player.

[Everybody laughs]

Justin: You are a good swimmer, but you are an amazing bass player.

Kat: I don’t know if that’s an insult to my swimming or a compliment to my bass playing. Haha. But yeah, it’s shaped a lot of my life. We’ve gotten to travel all over North America, we’ve done tours of Europe, so it’s taken us to places that we probably would not have gone to before. And even the community that we socialize wit

MVRemix: like the Toronto music scene is a good one – it’s very vibrant, there’s a lot of people. I would say the majority of our friends that we have in Toronto are all within the music scene. So us being music is what makes us us. If you consider yourself a product of your environment and your community then absolutely.

Justin: That is a great answer.

MVRemix: Do you have any hopes or aspirations for where you want your music to go?

Justin: Of course. You have a vision of how things should sound or things should be and you try to take the most effective route getting there. In terms of where we want to be right now, we are happy with the sound we are cultivating and we are always experimenting with different sounds, moving forward.

Kat: We are not looking super long-term at this point. We’ve got half a record recorded. Short term we want to finish this tour and the go back to Toronto for the summer and finish that record. Then focus on the next tour which we hope will be next fall/early winter. Beyond that…

Justin: We’ll keep putting out records, hopefully.

Kat: It’s like one at a time. Focus on the next record, the next tour and then see where we are at. If we want to do another record, then we’ll do that.

Justin: We are not a real world dominance pair of people, we are more of a farm-the-land type, like make a record every year or two

Kat: And I honestly don’t have that expectation that we are going to be rockstars!

Justin: Multimillionare rockstars…

Kat: Yeah, we’ve been in this industry long enough that we know the reality better. That we can do a bunch of things at the same time and one of them is going to be this. I’m going to have my other careers and other interests all working together at the same time. In ten years, I hope we still have this band and I hope that we are still making records but if not, that’s fine, I don’t plan to be out there winning Grammy’s.

Justin: If there’s anything that Pierced Arrows can teach you is that rock and roll will never die.

Kat: And you are never too old to rock and roll

Justin: Yeah. They are older than my parents and they totally kick ass. It’s fantastic.

Kat: Sometimes it blows my mind that they have been doing this for so long.

Justin: 40 years of rock and roll the hard way.

Kat: Yeah, there are tons of 60+ performers out there, but they have gotten it easy the whole way through. There are very few that have been lugging their own gear, driving their own vans…

Justin: Pressing their own albums…

Kat: Staying in hotel 6’s…

Justin: Building their own house!

Kat: They have gotten their hands dirty in all this throughout the entire 40 years that they’ve been doing this and they are just the coolest people because of it. They have been very inspiring, in that sense.

MVRemix: Do you have any parting words for your fans?

Justin: Bring earplugs!

Kat: And watch out for our next record in the fall.

Lullabye Arkestra Interview

Lullabye Arkestra Interview

MVRemix: Have you ever been to Vancouver before?

Kat: No, I haven’t. Justin has been here before numerous times with his other bands. For me it’s a first. I’m kind of seeing it from afar, seeing the mountains, it’s really breathtaking. And then we have two days to drive to Edmonton so we are going through the mountains so I’m pretty excited.

MVRemix: On your tour you’ve been with Pierced Arrows most of the time, but you split from them for a bit, were you joined by other bands?

Justin: We’ve played with some local openers during this Pierced Arrows/Lullabye Arkestra tour. We did break off from Pierced Arrows for a metal festival in Columbus, which was really a lot of fun.

Kat: But about 80% of the tour has been with Pierced Arrows and it’s been really good. We have formed some really great bonds with them.

MVRemix: On this tour specifically, or when playing in general, do you have any preshow traditions?

Kat: Oh, we were just talking about this the other day…your set list thing…

Justin: Yeah… I’m not going to talk about that though… You get superstitions, they are not set in stone but are more habitual. You have to find something to keep habitual about because generally the travelling life is so non-habitual. Like sometimes you wake up and there will be no breakfast…

Kat: Or you show up at the club and no one is there…

Justin: Or you have no place to stay… So you tend to become habitual about certain other things, which becomes more superstitious, more than anything. You tend to latch on to stuff that you can do that will make yourself feel more comfortable.

Kat: And I find as well that after about a month things start to get a bit more clockwork. Like when the openers are on someone needs to be at the merch. table…

Justin: It’s time for a vodka red bull…

Kat: Haha, yeah. Time to do some stretching…Get your stage beer…

Justin: Yes. Young band people stretching is not uncool. It’s totally cool.

Kat: It’s necessary.

Justin: You think David Lee Roth didn’t stretch? He totally stretched.

Kat: You can’t do scissor kicks without stretching!

MVRemix: Do you have certain vibe or feel that you want your concerts to have?

Kat: Well vibe-wise, we show up with our own fog machines…

Justin: And flood lights…

Kat: So that sets a tone, at least aesthetically. There is a bit of doom and gloom and mystery. And eventually the fog disperses and we rock into some solid jams.

Justin: Yeah, we are here to melt your eardrums and break your hearts, all in 30 minutes.

MVRemix: Has the tour been going well so far?

Justin: Yeah, we’ve been having a fantastic time.

Kat: We’ve been encountering audiences that don’t necessarily know who we are, who’ve been coming more for the Pierced Arrows, so it’s been more like slowly winning people over. It’s always successful on our end when you start with a few people and by the end of the set people are coming forward and by the end of the show everyone’s fucking rocking – which to me is the mark of a really good show.

Justin: The Arrows crowd is like the old Dead Moon crowd and so they are rock’n’rollers by heart and so as soon as they hear us wind up our amps they are already on our side.

Kat: It’s been a really good mix of the bands. Their audiences really take well to our music.

Justin: And Pierced Arrows has been really nice to us since the beginning. They enjoy having us with them because we are not the same kind of rock as them. They have been playing garage rock shows for years and years and we are not a garage rock band by any stretch of the imagination. But we still have the same energy and passion as those guys put out. We complement each other really well. It’s really fun.

MVRemix: Have you had a favourite place to play on this tour?

Justin: I really liked Seattle. It was a really great crowd. Super fun.

Kat: Oh the funhouse! Yeah, that was a really good crew. And nothing can compare to SXSW, it’s just four days of complete chaos and awesomeness. For me, that has been the highlight of the whole tour because I had never been and I have heard so many stories. And as we are travelling we really take the time to get up early and go exploring.

Justin: We don’t do soundcheck.

Kat: Yeah so we try to make stop off time so if we see something really cool we can stop, walk around, do some exploring and then carry on. It’s been a great adventure/tour.

MVRemix: What was the inspiration behind the name Lullabye Arkestra?

Justin: Band name are hard to make stick. And we had first started dating and then put together this band and didn’t have a name for it. We decided to open up for a friend’s band who at the time was John Tesh’s Broken Social Scene.

Kat: And has since dropped the John Tesh…

Justin: Se we asked to open up for them.

Kat: It was their first show.

Justin: And at that time we thought playing more than 10 minutes was sell-out and so we were playing 9 minute sets.

Kat: We only had like 5 songs anyway.

Justin: And so we played with a lot of names, batting ideas around, and Lullabye came from….

Kat: It was a poster we saw. We were sitting at a bar and I think we both looked at it and liked it.

Justin: Yeah, and the Arkestra is kind of an attribute to Sun Ra and his arkestra.

Kat: Yeah, and going back to the point of asking to open the show was that we wanted to trick them a little. We wanted to make them think that we were this new couple

Justin: In love…

Kat: And that it was going to be all love music. And it was totally an art lie, which we now have a song called “Art Liar.” So it was an art lie to convince them that we were going to be one thing and then just fucking throw it at them. Then just hoot and holler and scream and wail.

Justin: It was really fun.

MVRemix: Did it work well?

Kat: Well it stuck…

Justin: It’s what you are going to see tonight.

Kat: And we are still doing it. It’s been 9 years now.

>>>Lullabye Arkestra Interview continued

Microbunny Interview

Microbunny’s Al Okada

interviewed by Terri-Ann Thomas

Starting out as nothing more than experimenting with computer technology, Al Okada’s hobby has become his career. With two successful albums under his belt, his group Microbunny is back with their third album, 49 Swans. A new look and a new sound, Microbunny makes a conscious decision to ensure that their fans not only play their album once, but also plays it over and over again. In just a week before their album release party, Al Okada talks with MVRemix.


MVRemix: Why the name 49 Swans?

Al Okada: It’s a fragment of a lyric the singer Rebecca Campbell came up with, that was part of a beautiful metaphor she used during the song to indicate some imagery, to indicate black and white. It had a nice ring to it and just felt right.

MVRemix: Let’s backtrack a little bit, because this isn’t your first album. As a member of King Cobb Steelie, your album, Project Twinkle was nominated for a Juno Award, what was that like?

Al Okada: It was an exciting time for us, flattering to get nominated for that. The most exciting thing was working with the producer, Bill Laswell, that was a real thrill for us. We were big fans of his music, so to actually get to work with him was real fun and that record was actually the one that was nominated, so that was icing on the cake.

MVRemix: And you formed that group in university, correct?

Al Okada: Yeah, we were quite young. I’ve known the other members a long time. The main guy, Kevan Byrne, I met him in high school actually.

MVRemix: What advice would you give to that young group right now, that’s driving their parents crazy in their basement or garage?

Al Okada: [laughs] Well, keep doing it, as long as it’s fun, keep doing it, that’s the whole thing. For us, there were no expectations really, we did it because we enjoyed doing it and if it seems to work then it’s usually it. If it becomes difficult and it’s a lot of hard work and that kind of thing, then something’s not right. When it’s all working, it’s a lot of fun.

MVRemix: So you were with them for seven Yeahrs, is that right?

Al Okada: Yeah, I think that’s right, yup.

MVRemix: What was the deciding factor for leaving that group?

Al Okada: Well, I’d reached kind of a crossroad; it was a personal decision. It was a financial decision as well. The touring would force me to have to leave my full-time job. It was a tough decision, I really wanted to continue on but I couldn’t do that. So I decided to part ways with them and do something on my own instead, which I could do more on my own schedule.

MVRemix: I read that some of your influences are Brian Eno and David Lynch, what would you say you’ve taken from them and incorporated into your own writing and performances?

Al Okada: Well, Brian Eno I think, first and foremost, I’ve listened to his music for so long, since I was a little kid, believe it or not. And it’s just the way that he approaches things. I think his musical ethic is the thing that I’ve really taken to heart. His thing was that he didn’t really have to be technically proficient at any instrument to make good music with it. Technical proficiency wasn’t terribly important and I found that really quite exciting because that’s almost like a punk rock ethic, you know? His music was some of the most interesting of all because he’s not bound by any of the normal trappings of a trained technically proficient musician, so he comes up with things that they would have never thought of because it’s something completely fresh and new. I’ve tried to incorporate that into my music as well. I’m not technically proficient at any one instrument either. A lot of times I just love trying new instruments because it’s something completely new and I just come up with things that I would have never thought of.

David Lynch is more of an abstract thing. He uses a lot of dream imagery [in his films] and that sort of style affected me in a certain way that I found really exciting and I often use dream imagery in my music as well. I’ve read his biography too, he tends to just let things evolve naturally and doesn’t really think about them too much, in fact he does the exact opposite and tries not to think about it at all, so that things will just come out naturally and I like that idea as well. I try to do that when I compose, I don’t try to think about anything actually. [laughs] [I] just let it come out.

MVRemix: In the midst of forming Microbunny, which I love the name by the way, what was your vision for the group?

Al Okada: In the very beginning it really didn’t start with anything more than just me goofing around with computer technology and trying to make music on my own. When I started, the home recording PC world had become affordable for the average person. So, it was a whole new world to me because before that you had to pretty much go into a studio and it cost a lot of money to make a multi-track recording. It wasn’t something that you could do on your own because that would take a long time. Once they developed computers that you could do home recordings on, you could take your time and do it all by yourself. So for me, it just became a way of writing and recording music and I thought well ‘this is fun,’ and some of it sounded like songs that needed a singer and since I’m not really a singer, I found someone to sing. Then we had to call it something, so we decided to call it Microbunny. At that time there were no intentions of actually playing, it was more like an after thought really.

MVRemix: You said you just “decided to call it Microbunny,” was there any real reason behind the name?

Al Okada: Well [laughs], it was a stupid nickname that I had picked up in King Cobb Steelie. Well, not exactly that, but a variation of a nickname that they’d called me and it was kind of a self-deprecating thing to call this band this name, Microbunny. Then they stopped calling me it [laughs].

MVRemix: You’ve successfully had two prior albums, one self-titled, Microbunny and the other, Dead Stars, what was different about the process of 49 Swans?

Al Okada: The main difference with 49 Swans is the collaboration with the new singer I’ve been working with, Rebecca Campbell, which was a whole different way of working and I found that really exciting. I did record a lot on this record quite a bit because the last two records I was still quite reliant on the computer as a means of creating some of the music. I tended to use a lot of drum loops so it had an electronica sort of feel to it. This album though, I tried as much as possible to not do that just because I found that a little bit limiting and I found myself getting into a little bit of a rut. So I decided to try and break out of that and intentionally try to remove that as much as possible, I think I’ve removed it [drum looping] completely.

MVRemix: Why is it important for you to have such a unique approach to your live performances?

Al Okada: It’s partly because I think the music itself is such a hard thing to try to recreate in a live setting that’s created in an isolated, personal environment. When we play live we wanted to try to make it an actual live performance as opposed to a lot of electronic music, which I found when you went to see the artist play, a lot of it you couldn’t tell what they were doing, you would just see guys up there behind black tops and you know they’re doing something, but you’re not really sure what they were doing. I wanted to try to actually perform the music and so hopefully someone who had the record would enjoy the record as one thing, but then when they saw us live it would be almost like an interpretation of the songs [on the record].

MVRemix: You mentioned adding Rebecca to this project, why the change in band members?

Al Okada: A few reasons really, but one of the main reasons was just becoming stale and not wanting to do the same thing. Tamara Robinson, who I was working with on the first two records, I think she felt the same way and we just decided that we had used each other up. [laughs] It’s kind of a funny way of putting it but we sort of fed off each other for a while and then we weren’t surprising each other anymore I think, we became predictable in a way. So, we just went our separate ways and decided to try to work with someone else.

MVRemix: What do you want to see happen with 49 Swans?

Al Okada: I’d really love to have a lot of people hear it. That’s what my main goal is. I’m not entirely certain about live performances and how much we’ll play or not play. We’re just getting started with starting to perform again so we’ll see how that goes, but I’d love to have this album heard as much as possible. I’d love it to be used in films and television as well too, that sort of thing. A lot of it comes from that idea of it being a soundtrack to something. It’s very interesting for me to see it used in that way.

MVRemix: What is the best part of performing live for you?

Al Okada: It’s hard to describe, but just when it all clicks. There’s something that’s very different from recording, which is when the whole band plays as a single unit. It sounds kind of corny, but that’s when it’s really exciting. You can just feel it when it’s working and it makes it all worthwhile when it’s properly conveying that feeling you had when you wrote the song, and even more so when the audience picks up on that as well.

MVRemix: How important is it for you to make good music and not just make music?

Al Okada: For me, that’s the whole point. I don’t think I would be doing it if it was just alright, or just music that’s not really exciting me, then I wouldn’t bother doing it. That’s part of the reason why this record took me so long to make because it took me quite awhile to become excited about it, in a different way that I hadn’t done before and to compile enough of it to make up a whole album. So for me, that’s the driving force behind doing anything at all, is the music itself and to have it be exciting to me.

MVRemix: What was that writing and collaborating process like?

Al Okada: It wasn’t that much different from working with Tamara Williamson. I just gave the bare bones of the track to Rebecca and she would sit with it for a while and listen to it and then she would compose lyrics in the melody line and then come back after a period of time and record it. So, it’s a very isolated, different approach and it was always an exciting day when she was going to come over and do her part because I hadn’t heard it before.

MVRemix: For 49 Swans, you mentioned you wanted as much people to hear it as possible, what do you want people to feel when listening to your album?

Al Okada: I’d like people to feel that it’s something that they hadn’t quite heard before. I think that would be interesting. The music is pretty dark, a lot of the stuff I’ve written it always comes out that way [new and interesting]. So, if they get that from it I think that’s doing something good.

MVRemix: Just a bit of trivia for you, which of your songs has the line, “How we love to laugh, just to hear the sound?”

Al Okada: (pauses) Oh, that’s September Blues.

MVRemix: What is the meaning behind that song?

Al Okada: It means a bunch of different things, but it’s a funny relationship that Rebecca and I sort of intentionally did. When she would write lyrics for the songs, I asked her to try to make them ambiguous so that it wasn’t overtly obvious what the songs were about. If she had a specific meaning for it, to disguise it so that for people that are listening to it, it would have many different meanings or it would be different for everybody that heard it. So it had that affect, I don’t know exactly what any of the songs mean and for me that’s good because I get a sense of what it’s about, but there’s a bit of mystery to it. I just get a feeling from it, which is what I’m hoping that everyone else gets as well.

MVRemix: A youtube member by the name of, SomeProudCanadian, referred to you as the “trip-hop master,” how do you respond to that?

Al Okada: [laughs] That’s very flattering. I really don’t know what to say to that. I think that when he hears the new record he’ll probably remove my crown [laughs], because it’s not really trip-hop anymore.

MVRemix: You collaborated with your former band member, Kevin Lynn, how did that come about?

Al Okada: He just called me up, kind of out of the blue [just to say hi] and I gave him sort of the latest things I’d been doing and he suggested that he wanted to remix something, so of course I said yes. I love what he does. And he sent me back something that knocked me on my ass it was so good. Then he asked me to do something of one of his tracks and we decided to do a couple and then release an EP. So it was just a natural fun thing that we did and it worked out really well. We’re planning on doing another collaboration, this time a more ambience sort of thing. It was a lot of fun, quick and painless.

MVRemix: Earlier you spoke about being on stage, if you had the chance to share the stage with anyone in the world, who would it be?

Al Okada: Oh geez, (pauses) I know, the trumpeter Jon Hassell. That guy is just a master, I’d want him to come and play trumpet for one of our songs. Through a weird email accident, I stumbled into a guy who repaired some of his [Jon Hassell] equipment and I gave him some of my music and he got it to him and he [Jon Hassell] sent me a nice note back, he said he really liked it. So, I’ve got it framed [laughs]. It was just flattering to hear him say he liked it.

MVRemix: What has been the most rewarding part of your career?

Al Okada: When someone says that they just really love my record, for me, that’s the whole reason for doing it.

MVRemix: What else do you want your fans and people who don’t know you as yet to know about Microbunny?

Al Okada: Just that we try to make honest music.

Microbunny Interview

You Say Party! We Say Die Interview!

You Say Party! We Say Die Interview! conducted by Caley Dimmock

Caley Dimmock caught up with Becky Ninkovic of You Say Party! We Say Die! for an exclusive interview for MVRemix.com before they performed at the Orpheum theatre in Vancouver, BC, January 22nd, 2010

YSP!WSD! Interview

Scores New York Girls Interview: Paris and Mariah




Scores Girls Interview: Paris and Mariah conducted by Caley Dimmock

Having freshly re-opened the world renowned Scores gentleman’s club in New York city is once again redefining gentleman’s clubs in NYC.

Boasting a restaurant modeled on the internationally acclaimed Robert’s Steakhouse, Scores hosts is sister establishment, Roberts Restaurant. Roberts will serve top-rated cuisine with a trendy twist, and the club aims to compete with other restaurants around Manhattan, with more than just delicious meals.

MVRemix caught up with Paris and Mariah, two of the girls from Scores to ask them about their work, their lives and how life is as entertainers.

MVRemix: First of all, I want to know what term you prefer to use? Exotic Dancers or Strippers or…?

Paris and Mariah in unison: Entertainers!

Paris: We’re Entertainers.

MVRemix: Entertainers, okay good one. How long have you two been working as entertainers?

Paris: I’ve been an entertainer for a couple years.

Mariah: And I’ve been working for about three months.

MVRemix: How are you liking it so far?

Mariah: I love it!

MVRemix: So, you’ve been working with Scores that whole time I assume?

Mariah: Yes.

MVRemix: Did you guys start out from scratch, or take pole dancing lessons… how did you get into it?

Paris: I just started out from scratch. I just came into Scores one day, and checked out the scene and decided that you know, I would like to audition. I got hired, and that was pretty much it! So no, I never took any pole dancing lessons.

MVRemix: That’s awesome!

Mariah: Yeah, me either! Just the same thing, I came in one night, auditioned, wanted to make some money while having fun, and that’s about it! The rest is history! Now I’ve been here for three months and it’s been good!

MVRemix: Wow, that’s pretty simple.

Mariah: Yeah!

Paris: It isn’t that difficult.

MVRemix: I assume Scores is a pretty good place to work at then, you’re enjoying it?

Paris: It’s fabulous. Management is great, we have completely new ownership. The owners are fabulous, the clients we get are really great. You know, Wall Street guys, Attourneys, everybody who wants to party…celebrities. So it’s a really great place to work. Great food too.

MVRemix: Yeah, I heard that you’ve got a new five star restaurant there.

Paris: Robert’s Steakhouse, yeah.

MVRemix: Do you get to travel at all? You’re in house entertainers right?

Paris: Well yeah, I mean, we travel personally. We don’t travel to work.

Mariah: We work at Scores, that’s it.

Paris: The wonderful thing about this business is that it gives us such flexibility. So you can go to Paris, go to London, spend time abroad in Capri…

MVRemix: Wow…that sounds pretty ideal.

Both: Yeah!

MVRemix: What kind of men are the best tippers at Scores?

Mariah: Well our clientele is mostly wall street, athletes, and anything really. I mean, it depends on the entertainer. It depends on how good she is, and it depends on what he likes. There’s a girl for everybody. We have blondes, brunettes, redheads, Spanish girls, or French girls, Russians; we have girls from all over the world, and so there’s a girl for everybody. The customer can just pick whoever he likes and then spend all his money on us.

MVRemix: So I’m not sure how liberal New York is, but do you see many women coming in to your shows?

Mariah: Plenty.

Paris: Yeah we have a good amount of women that come in and get lap dances with just the girls.

MVRemix: Sweet.

Paris: Girls that want to have a good time come here.

Mariah: A lot of couples, and last week we actually had a bunch of girls, like 20 come in. The just came in to celebrate some girls’ birthday and they were wild! I love the girls that come in here, they’re a lot of fun! I love to dance for girls.

MVRemix: Do they tip well?

Paris: Yeah they tip pretty well.

Mariah: They do, yeah.

MVRemix: How do you handle situations where somebody’s crossing the line? Do you ever encounter that kind of thing?

Paris: Um, most of the gentlemen that come in here are well behaved. On occasion they try to, you know, touch a little more than they’re supposed to, and you just .. well I know personally I just basically smile sweetly and tell him “No, you can’t do that.”, and then they usually calm down. I mean, I haven’t really seen it get to the point where we get one of our really big bouncers involved.

Mariah: I mean, we really do get good clientele and the guys here are very well behaved. They don’t try anything that they’re not supposed to, and we tell them the rules and they pretty much get it. And it’s not their first time around, usually. If they do anything that we don’t like, I basically just laugh it off and tell them, and move on.

MVRemix: Sounds like a really respectful place and everybody’s got a mutual understanding.

Paris: They do.

Mariah: They understand.

MVRemix: Do you two have boyfriends, married…?

Paris: Single.

MVRemix: Both?

Mariah: Yeah.

Paris: And loving it!

MVRemix: Do you date at all?

Mariah: We date.

Paris: Yeah, we date.

MVRemix: How do your dates react when they find out you’re an entertainer? Do they like it?

Paris: Um, I’ve dated a few guys who have found it very intriguing.

Mariah: That’s the word I was going to use. They are very intrigued! I think sometimes they can be intimidated as well.

Paris: That’s true.

Mariah: Um, they look at me like “Wow! Well you’re a Scores girl? Pretty hot!”, you know. It’s actually a lot of fun, I mean, it’s been fun so far. I tell them, “Yeah, I’m a Scores girl, and I can show you a good time too!”

MVRemix: Must be empowering?

Paris: I think it is! You’re given whatever gift you’re given, and you should work them. Obviously this sn’t a career to have until, you know, well into your forties. But it’s a good tool to use while you have the look…so you can get wherever you want to get. Some girls are going to school, some girls are saving up money to start a business, some girls are in beauty school. I mean, everyone has a dream. This business is a way to get there.

Mariah: It is very empowering I think to be a pretty girl and use that to your advantage, and have people not look down on you, but look at you and say “Wow, you’re a pretty girl and let me compensate you for it.”, and to have a good time.

MVRemix: Have you heard about the offer that was made to Heidi Montag to dance at Scores?

Paris: Uh yeah, I recall hearing about it vaguely.

MVRemix: Any opinions on that?

Paris: Um, I’m not sure why they made the offer. We have plenty of pretty girls here, but it must’ve been done for a reason. We’re not really asked to opine on who they make offers to.

Mariah: I think she’d have a great time, I mean why not? We’ve got plenty of blondes here too, so…you you know, with or without her… We’ve got look-a-likes.

MVRemix: I’m sure you’re better off without her anyway.

Mariah: Exactly, we don’t need her. She can stay away.

MVRemix: Haha, yeah. If you had a career change, and could do anything you wanted to do, what would you choose?

Mariah: Well, real estate. I do that part time as well. I definitely think real estate would be my way to go. Either that or being a housewife.

MVRemix: Yeah?

Mariah: Yeah! Why not?

Paris: I would probably choose being a singer and a songwriter, because that’s what I do. Um, so I would choose that, or being a housewife.

MVRemix: Haha, right on. So you’ve got the time there to also pursue other avenues obviously.

Mariah: That’s what’s great about working at Scores is that we can travel, we can take time off and our manager understands that. We take the liberty to do whatever we want during the day. I mean, I get to have a life, as opposed to working 9-5, and then work nights. And why not? So far it’s been great. I can go to the gym, hang out, get lunch in the city, have a good time, and then come to work and still have a good time.

MVRemix: Sounds like a very enticing lifestyle…

Paris: It is.

Mariah: It is, it’s a lot of fun. I mean, because you feel sexy when you come to work, and get paid for it. What’s better than that? That’s why I picked this at first. It’s how I imagined it, and that’s how it is!

MVRemix: Alright girls, anything you want to say about Scores?

Paris: That everyone who’s reading this should come and see us! We’re on 28th Street between 10th and 11th Manhattan, and they should definitely come and look us up and have some fun.

Mariah: Absolutely! Take us to the VIP room and we’ll definitely show you a good time.

Scores New York Girls Interview