Vp Issue 7: “'What’s YOUR Platform?' To be a performance artist"
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spot light.” It truly is about re-invention, re-definition, making the mold, rather than pouring ourselves into the ones provided and talking about it along the way. In addition to carrying her story/poems town-to-town “on her back, like a little turtle,” Alix is currently working on a film, the first feature-length film for Samantha Farinella.
Please check in with Subtle Sister Productions or Goldenrod Distribution in the coming months for details and availability. Many thanks to Alix for her on-going work, her candor, and her smile. www.subtlesister.com
Ms. Lick Bush, Ms. Rocker Mom, and Ms. Fit. BETTY
BETTY is a five-piece pop rock alternative band from New York City fronted by songwriters Amy Ziff, Alyson Palmer and Elizabeth Ziff. Their Off-Broadway sensation BETTY RULES is about to hit the road with a six week run at The Lake Shore Theatre in Chicago. I caught up with the triumphant trio to talk about life, love, music, politics, babies and, yes, a little sex.
You have been performing along side one another as BETTY for some 20 years now. How has the band changed since forming in Washington, DC?
Elizabeth Ziff: We’re prettier and we do less drugs. Amy Ziff: A little older, a little wiser, a little better.
Alyson Palmer: Now we are more complex, nuanced and fully rounded, hopefully. We can see a bit more humor now in the things that made us angry.
Has BETTY’s dynamic changed? Has this affected your sound?
EZ: For the first few years it was just the three of us. When we wanted more of a band sound we got a guitar player and drummer. I picked up guitar and our sound changed and became more of a “band” sound, we were still harmonizing maniacs.
AZ: The dynamic of BETTY is a little like a tornado, come along for one hell of a ride. You might just end up in a land you only dream about.
AP: We have grown to treat each other more respectfully and lovingly over the years, which I think is the single greatest accomplishment in any long-term relationship. I think that ease with each other shows in our harmonies, which have become more mellifluous.
Do you maintain solo projects?
EZ: Amy works in paper-mache and Alyson is part owner of a horse farm...I think. I do solo music and am working on an audio historical project of Gloria Steinem’s lectures and speeches. I