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What first inspired you to create? and going forward with your creative outlet, what motivates you to keep up with it?
1. SHELBY: When I found out I could sing. The thing that keeps me going is the amazing feeling you get when you create something awesome and want everyone else to hear that awesome thing.

TANA: My family is full of musicians, so I grew up with music being a very large factor in my life. That is definitely why I started playing music in the first place. What continues to inspire me is the amazing and creative new music that other musicians/bands have been creating.

KELSEY: Music was really big growing up and my dad was a professional drummer so my family (and probably my love for the 2001 Josie and the Pussycats movie) were my inspirations to create. What motivates me to keep with it are the performances and when people genuinely love the music we create.

ARIA: I wanted to play Guitar Hero but my stepdad got me a real guitar instead so I just had to roll with it.

What have you been up to during quarantine? Have you been creating more or less than before; and how has that impacted your sales?
2. KELSEY: I graduated with my BA in business over quarantine and have been doing a lot of art in my free time. I have definitely created more because I have had the time to.

ARIA: I’m a graphic designer, and I also did some 8-bit remixes of our songs back in May. That definitely helped us a lot sales-wise.

TANA: I’ve been practicing bass a lot more than I usually did before and learning more challenging songs. It is also definitely a good time to use social media as an outlet to promote as that is where most people are without anything else to do.

SHELBY: I’ve been working out a lot during quarantine and skating around on my roller-skates. I think creativity wise there’s been more because we have branched out into trying new things with social media as well as song writing.

Out of all your releases, which of them holds the most meaning to you and why?

3. KELSEY: Our “Not Your Kind” EP holds the most meaning because it showed how we grew from our 2016 release and shows the direction we are currently heading.

SHELBY: Out of all the song releases we have done I really like small dogs. I wrote it when someone had really impacted my life in a big way and I had to write it down.

TANA: I wrote the bassline to Small Dogs years ago and as we were working on the EP, we brought it back. It’s amazing how much the song evolved from such a simple line.

Aria: I think Y’Know is my favorite track from the EP but Small Dogs is close.

What does it mean to you to be a female creative in your field? How do you feel you are represented?

4. SHELBY: I think being a female creator is awesome. You’ll have people be like “oh wow I didn’t expect that from you” and thats amazing isn’t it?

ARIA: Something tells me a male guitarist wouldn’t get so many comments asking them to smile more while playing. On the other hand there’s a real camaraderie with other female bands/artists in the scene that I appreciate.

TANA: There really isn’t much of a difference to me, but there will always be those dudes who won’t take you seriously. The music business has definitely evolved from how it used to be, as women are becoming very prominent in both the creative side and the business side.

KELSEY: I think being a female creator-especially as a drummer, just makes me stand out more so I need to be the best I can be. I feel representation is getting better as the years go by but there’s still a lot more room to grow.

What's your Go-To cereal?
5. SHELBY: My go to cereal is either fruity pebbles (so bad for you btw) or special k (which is also not the greatest for your health) TANA: FRUITY PEBBLES. NO SUBSTITUTIONS.

ARIA: Honey Bunches of Oats with Almonds

KELSEY: Frosted Flakes. They’re Grrrreat!

What have been some of your favorite music releases of 2020? Any artists readers should check out?

6.SHELBY: I love Mac Miller’s album Circles. I think its even more impactful since he isn’t here with us anymore either. Also Tame Impala’s new album The Slow Rush.

ARIA: Future Nostalgia by Dua Lipa is the album of the year I’m calling it. I know we still have half a year left and I don’t care.

KELSEY: My top bands are Badflower, Cleopatrick, Ready the Prince, and Dead Poet Society. Some of them are going to be releasing music this year and I can’t wait to hear it.

TANA: A favorite release of 2020 is The Wrecks newest album ‘Infinitely Ordinary’. A band I recommend greatly would be Cleopatrick. There isn’t one song of theirs I don’t love, and they put on an amazing live show.

Anyone you'd like to promote and give some love to?
7. ARIA: Chase Petra and It’s Butter have new music out, and Constellations is dropping a new EP on the 10th (which is the future when I’m typing this but will be the past when people read this).

SHELBY: I would like to promote my mother because I love her very much. I would not be who I am today without her.

TANA: Britney Spears.

KELSEY: We have a compilation album from which all proceeds are donated to Trans Lifeline, they’re a great organization to support.