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A Dirty Dozen with VICKY STARR from SIGNAL 13 – April 2020


According to a recent press release: “Signal 13 is a contemporary rock band that is paying homage to the classic rock sound – and their latest release, the 5-song EP, Destination Unknown was released April 17th. The EP is available with bundles including a signed physical compact disc, exclusive limited t-shirt, guitar picks, keychains, pins and more and available through the band’s website. Formed in Baltimore, the band is led by front-woman, Vicky Starr and joined by guitarists Johnathan Lassiter and Chris Starr, bassist Patrick Jenkins, and drummer Johnny Sexx.” We get front woman Vicky to discuss new music, influences, and much more…

1. Tell us a little about your latest release. What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through? Are there any hidden nuggets the band put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

The song, “Dirty” is about working hard, and some of the people and business practices that affected the band with a little sex appeal. “Dirty” is the first track that we’ve released via digital distribution. Over the course of the next few months, we will continue to release one song at a time through digital distribution channels. We have a complete 5-song physical EP available exclusively through our website. As far as a ‘hidden nugget’…if you listen closely to the bridge in “Dirty,” you can hear us clapping as everyone sings ‘Dirty.’

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

When I think back to my childhood, I believe it was in the third grade. I remember meeting with the principle about doing a small concert in front of the school. My two girlfriends and I sang and danced as music played in the background. After that first performance or ‘concert,’ I was hooked. I knew then this is what I wanted to do!

3. Building on that, is there a specific song, album, performer, or live show that guided your musical taste?

I love music – all genres of music, but I prefer rock music. I think Guns N Roses has it all – the presence of Axl Rose and Slash is breath taking. I love the way they push limits both instrumentally and vocally… and their songwriting and chemistry are amazing.

4. Who would be your main five musical influences?

My top five musical influences would be: Bon Scott (AC/DC), Axl Rose (Guns N’ Roses), Steve Whiteman (Kix), Steven Tyler (Aerosmith) and Miles Kennedy (Alterbridge/Slash and Conspirators). I also love Ronnie James Dio – he is the classic ‘metal/rock’ vocalist, he defines what it is to be a vocalist in this genre.

5. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be, and why?

Collaborator… that’s tough. I would love to work with Mutt Lange. I believe he pulls the best out of people when he produces them. He has a way of reaching inside of an artist, pushing them to their full capacity and bringing out their best. I would love to do a duet with Axl Rose, or perform with Slash onstage. I would also love to work with Angus Young on an AC/DC tune or write something new with him. AC/DC is another band that just has amazing chemistry and charisma. When I hear GNR or AC/DC, I just want to get up and dance!

6. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before? What is the one comparison a reviewer or fan has made that made you cringe or you disagreed with?

I would describe Signal 13 as contemporary rock. I love the way people respond to 80’s music. It seems to make them happy. I want happy with a modernized appeal. As far as something I disagree with, I once heard a roadie for another band, ask one of the guys, “Dude, you play rock with a girl lead singer?” It makes me sad to think they judge a book by its cover. Girls can kick ass… if you have any doubt, come out and see us live… I’ll show you just how hard I kick it!

7. What’s the best thing about being a musician?

You get to communicate things that people sometimes have a hard time showing… that emotional feeling, do you understand what I mean? It’s that moment in time that I love the best – looking at people in the audience and seeing them escape from reality for a little while. I can see and feel when people are into our music, and take flight from reality, if even for just a few moments. If the fans are rocking and happy, then I feel great!

8. When the band are all hanging out together, who cooks; who gets the drinks in; and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

Really, this funny, I can’t stop laughing. Being in Signal 13 is like being married to four guys. I know everything they like to eat, drink, allergies, etc. Before we get together, I go to the grocery store or a restaurant to get everyone what they like and want. After the boys eat, we usually discuss music, song ideas and then pull out instruments and start working. Even when we’re not together, we text each other song ideas all the time. I know way too much about the guys in the band… and a lot of things I probably didn’t need or want to know! LOL!

9. When was the last time you were star struck and who was it?

When I went to see Slash and Conspirators – Miles Kennedy’s vocal range is amazing! And Slash is beyond mesmerizing! The way he bends that guitar and plays it. He is beautiful to watch. I LOVE Slash!

10. If you weren’t a musician, what would be your dream job?

Music mogel! I want to own at least 23 Kookaroo’s (a rare parrot). I want one more Kookaroo than Sean Combs from, Get Him To The Greek.

11. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a mis-step or you would like to have a “do over,” even if it didn’t change your current situation?

With every decision that I have made, there have been great things and sad things, that’s life. If I would have a do over, it would be for my parents to be here and hear our music. If I had one wish, it would be that one of my relatives had invented Google or Apple and put me in charge of one of those companies – it certainly would have been a lot easier financially… especially with all the costs associated with writing, recording, performing and releasing music today.

12. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

Appetite for Destruction – I would’ve loved to have seen them write those songs and how they came up with those melodies and hooks. I would’ve loved to watch Slash and Izzy write those guitar riffs for that release. That would’ve been amazing to be part of. Another iconic release I wish I could’ve been a fly on the wall is Heaven and Hell from Black Sabbath. To me that’s when Ronnie James Dio set the bar for all rock vocalists.





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