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A Dirty Dozen with SHE MADE ME DO IT – March 2019

| 27 March 2019 | Reply

 

According to a recent press release: “Electronic Rock Duo SHE MADE ME DO IT has released the official music video for their single, “Bones,” taken from their recently released EP, Drenched. She Made Me Do It are a London two-piece Electronic Rock band made up of Shaheena Dax (Rachel Stamp) on Vocals and Bass with Will Crewdson(Rachel Stamp/Scant Regard/Adam Ant/Bow Wow Wow/Flesh For Lulu/Johnette Napolitano/The Selecter) on Guitars.” We get the duo 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?

Will Crewdson: I think this is the most direct set of tracks we’ve released so I’m assuming people will get what’s going on from the first listen. It’s also probably our most varied selection. The styles go from one extreme to another but it all ties up with our overall sound. No hidden nuggets – they’re all on full display.

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

Shaheena Dax: I always had either classical music or 70’s music in the background when I was growing up and I took piano lessons from an early age. I found a deep connection with alternative/rock music the more I discovered new bands – the darker melodies and interesting lyrics, the power of aggressive creative expression, the introspective moments of poetry and beauty – this all drew me right in. I bought a keyboard and that was the start. Later on I developed my singing, bass playing, and songwriting skills…It’s all been very gradual and natural.

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

Shaheena Dax: I definitely remember the first time I heard the DM album Music for the Masses and The Cure’s Disintegration – pretty powerful moments.

4. Who would be your main five musical influences?

Shaheena Dax: The Cure, Depeche Mode, Monster Magnet, Nirvana, Joy Division, and so much more.

Will Crewdson: Depeche Mode, Frank Tovey, Prince, The Tubes and Die Antwoord.

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

Shaheena Dax: Martin Gore – great songwriter.

Will Crewdson: Martin Gore

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?

Will Crewdson: I’d say we were a strong female fronted alternative dark electronic tinged rock with plenty of one-take guitar solos. Nobody’s mentioned Coldplay yet so it’s all good.

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

Will Crewdson: It’s the best job in the world. You never know what’s coming up next but as long as you feel you’re giving it your best and more than one person is appreciating it it’s worth doing.

8. When you have downtime and are hanging out with your family, who cooks; who gets the drinks in; and how often is their an acoustic singalong or impromptu karaoke night?

Will Crewdson: We don’t do family. Too busy writing songs about the evils of humanity.

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

Shaheena Dax: A long time ago I went to a book signing for a Siouxsie and The Banshees book – Siouxsie was absolutely stunning and such a strong force of nature. I don’t really get ‘star struck’ but I can tell tell you that it was a joy to meet and chat with Ogre from Skinny Puppy – he’s such a cool guy. I also briefly met Mark Burgess from The Chameleons and he was very cool and down to earth. I’ve listened to their music a lot over the years and those were lovely encounters. I was also lucky enough to briefly meet and chat with Romeo Dallaire – he signed my book at his Child Soldier’s charity event in London and it was very powerful to speak to a General who had done and is still doing extraordinary things yet is utterly damaged by his experiences.

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

Will Crewdson: Professional online social networker. Oh hang on….

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

Will Crewdson: Probably spending too much time learning or recording other people’s songs without any guarantee of them seeing the light of day. It’s cool when it’s your own and they don’t work but it’s like paying for another parent’s kids to go to college and then seeing them flunk off every day when it’s not your own.

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

Will Crewdson: Probably Elvis doing the Sun Sessions. To be there at such a monumental rock’n’roll immaculate conception would be fantastic. Plus the catering would be amazing.

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Todd ‘ToddStar’ Jolicoeur

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ToddStar - that's me... just a rocking accountant who had dreams of being a rock star. I get to do the next best thing to rocking the globe - I get to take pictures of the lucky ones that do. I love to shoot all genres of music and different types of performers. If it is related to music, I love to photograph it. I get to shoot and hang with not only some of my friends and idols, but some of the coolest people around today.

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