Vp Issue 7: “'What’s YOUR Platform?' To be a performance artist"
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also write poetry and try and have anonymous sex as often as possible.
AZ: We are really supportive of each other’s efforts. Except me, of course. I’m always really jealous and have to be included in everything — or I could just care less.
AP: Musicians have to play as much, in as many ways, and with as many people as possible to learn as much as possible. I love working with performers I enjoy, including three of my favorites Muzz Skilling (ex-Living Colour), Deni Bonet (Cyndi Lauper) and the incredibly talented guitarist and composer Tony Salvatore (groovedigger.com).
After performing onstage with the same two people for 20 years, what are some of your observations about doing solo performances?
EZ: You don’t have to coordinate outfits or share drink tickets.
AZ: Without my sidekicks, my profile is skinnier.
AP: All the best lines aren’t taken before you can even open your mouth!
If you had the option to collaborate with an artist of your choice who would it be?
EZ: I would choose Amy and Alyson. If I couldn’t work with them, either Shirley Bassey or Bjork.
AZ: Anyone who wants to come over to my house — I don’t feel like taking a cab or subway today.
AP: My favorite collaborators are the band BETTY, hence the marriage. I had a real passion for both Freddie Mercury and Elliot Smith, both of whom left way too early. So I’m going to say Me’shell N’degeocello.
Over the years BETTY has observed a drastic shift in how people listen to and acquire music. How has this changed your approach to marketing your music?
AZ: I tell people that if they don’t come to our shows and buy our stuff, I’m never talking to them again. It’s an interesting way to keep friends.
How do you feel about file sharing? Is BETTY concerned with losing money from these ventures or is this free PR for independent artists who might otherwise not have any press?
EZ: It’s not the money so much as the fact that this is something that you made with your lifeblood. If someone’s gonna steal it, all I ask is that they spread the BETTY gospel.
AP: If I’m interested in an artist, I still want the entire expression of their idea from start to finish. I want the entire album, the art