Oh, I have SO been looking forward to doing this one! I think everyone knows I’m a huge heavy metal fan and I used to write my reviews about metal back in the day so to do a tag on the subject of music is kind of a bit exciting!
A huge thanks to Liz @ Cover to Cover for the tag, sorry for the delay in getting to it but as promised there was no way I was missing this one. Liz is bloody awesome folks, she writes epic reviews and she’s a drummer which is just bloody brilliant!
OK, let’s get started…did I mention I’m really excited to do this one…
What is the name of your band, or if you are a solo artist, your stage name (example: Lady Ga Ga, Snoop Dog, Puddles the Clown, etc…)?
Well I think it sums me up perfectly!
What genre or style of music are you known for?
Well duh! Metal, Let’s narrow it down a bit aswell as metal is huge, Symphonic Metal would be my choice. I was a classically trained musician and I love the way symphonic melds both classical elements with metal. If I was to start a band this is the direction I would go so I could incorporate my classical training with my love of metal, that would be perfect.
What instrument do you play or are you the lead singer?
I would probably sing, my voice has got a bit ropey the past few years because I don’t sing so much anymore but some training would sort that. I used to play the cello so with some training I could probably pull a bit of a female Apocalyptica!
I can also play the Clarinet and Saxophone but I don’t feel like they have a place in this band, maybe an occasional break here and there.
If you could be the opening act for any band currently touring who would it be?
Apocalyptica or Nightwish…both of them! They’re both symphonic metal so that would be AWESOME!
If it was ANY metal act then…oh Christ this is hard there are so many that are so good! Possibly Avenged Sevenfold, I’m totally in love with M Shadows voice, I could literally listen to him singing until the end of time. They also put on an amazing show so it would never get boring, and are about the same age as me so no danger of young whippersnappers making me feel like an old lady!
Who would you name as your musical inspiration? This person can be currently breathing, or not.
OK she’s more rock than metal but Lzzy Halestorm from Halestorm. She’s not only got a voice to die for, I literally would kill people to get that voice. But she’s unapologetically herself. She stands up for women being who they are. She gets a lot of shit about how she looks, what she wears, how she cuts her hair all that bullshit and she basically tells those people “fuck you”, she tells the young girls who like the band to be themselves, to not care what people say and to always be true to themselves. I’ve always been that way myself, I’ve never cared if people stare at me when I walk down the road because of how I’m dressed or how my hair is coloured or cut. And I love that she is a really positive role model especially for younger girls.
What special item do you ask for in your dressing room on a tour contract rider?
Loads of water! I’m sober so all the drugs and alcohol that bands normally consume will have to pass me by, I drink copious amounts of water though so loads and loads of water!
Also after a set on stage it’s likely I’ll have the munchies so plenty of gluten & dairy free snacks and fruit would be awesome!
What item from home do you pack in your suitcase to take on tour?
Laptop and Kindle I know it’s two items … sue me!
What does your stage attire look like?
Something like this….but less frilly on the top and flat boots I Don’t do heels!
What backstage nickname have the roadies given you based on your personality?
hmmm I have a few nicknames but the one that tends to stick is Robbo (because of my maiden name) so I imagine they would latch onto that.
Every successful rockstar has a special charity. What’s yours?
I have a few but they are all mental health based, I’m currently fundraising for Bipolar UK so lets go with that!
What is the title of your memoir going to be?
Oooh I know this because I’m writing it 😀
The Sound of Madness (I sort of borrowed that from Shinedown who I will be recognising in there somehow)
I have nominated thee below but this isn’t book related and I haven’t a clue if all of you are into music so please don’t fee obligated!