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An Interview with Mascara Monsters' Leia Gadow

by Mike Haberfelner

May 2012

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Your band Mascara Monsters - what can you tell us about your lineup, and how would you describe your sound?


It's me and my life/business/music partner, Brandon. I would describe it as Electronic Love Punk.


With your movies Home Made Monster and ScUMBAG: The Musical, you have already made two (rather unusual) musicals. What made you take the next step and form a band?


We had a blast working with the musicians and sound designers on those projects. But it can be harder to describe and invoke your vision to someone else than to do it yourself. Since we are control freaks when it comes to our work we wanted to be able to control that aspect of the movie making process as well. So I took it upon myself to learn the music/sound software so that we could start doing the music ourselves.


We've both always loved and found great joy in listing to music and tried to incorporate as much as possible in our films. We'd both been in bands before but always felt drowned out during the creative process. We wanted to know the feeling of making music in full control.


Also to experience the combination of music and film is almost drug like. And we like that.


How do you see Mascara Monsters develop, soundwise?


Well, I haven't really analyzed it all that much. We haven't been doing it for very long. I would say that the learning process is shaping the sound right now. When I learn a new tool I'll go a little nuts with it. While some of the songs are dark and come from somewhere serious others are light and just pure fun. Depends on my perception of the tool.


Have you yet played your stuff live on stage or do you plan to, and what's your show (going to be) like?


We have not done a live show yet. Though we seem to be getting a lot of requests. We've only been at this for a little over a month. And I don't think we even have enough material to play a whole set. But when the time feels right we'll be up there. I envision something performance art-like with a dash of the old girl group feel of the 60's. You know, standing at the microphone stand with synchronized hand movements. Flashy gold outfits maybe. Something to assault the eye balls. Since we are such visual people, we'll have to incorporate our love of film somehow too of course.


Your videoclip to your song Sex is quite, shall we say, provocative. Would you like to talk about that one for a bit, and what were your inspirations?


Well, there are a lot of inspirations. Mostly rock and roll and sex. A build up of our lives. We do tend to shy away a bit from talking about what our art "means". As with all things art is a reflection of the observer. We are afraid if we say what it means to us that will affect the meaning for someone else. It even means something different to me than it does to Brandon, and we worked on it together. This isn't meant to be snobby but we sincerely want people to learn something about themselves from listening to our music or watching our films, and if we talk about what it means we are afraid that won't happen and our work will be in vain.


Sex the videoclip was shot in 3D. Why, and what sort of a challenge was that for you as filmmakers?


We did it in 3D because we wanted to learn about 3D. The challenge came about when choosing angles and distance from the subject. 3D can be limiting in those aspects, you want the 3D to be cool looking and obvious but not so extreme that it hurts the eyes.


Future plans for Mascara Monsters?


Right now there are no plans but to learn and make as much music for us, for our films and for those that are enjoying it.


Some of your key musical influences?


Number one influence in all of our art work and both our lives even before we met is The Cramps. They did music on their own terms and made no apologies for that. More recently we discovered the Rap Rave group Die Antwoord. Again a couple that sees things from a different perspective and has redefined a genre by living by their own definitions.


Producing music vs producing movies: What are the key similarities and differences (which might be a stupid question), and do you see any overlap?


Producing music is a lot more solitary vs movies is great collaboration and a fun group project. Movies are also a longer creative process, where music is almost instant gratification because you can work at your own pace. They both have technical and mental challenges that we love taking on.


Speaking of movies: Any new films planned from ScUMBAG Movies in the forseeable future?


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Of course, we've always got something going on. The current film we are working on is titled Nazi Alien Time Travelers. And the Mascara Monsters are going to be incorporated into the film as well. We are about half way through with the filming process and hope to have the film done in the next four or five months. And we also have some animated shorts coming up after that, which you'll be able to catch the first glimpse of in Nazi Alien Time Travelers.


Your/your band's website, Facebook, whatever else?!/mascaramonsters


Anything else you are dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?


We would like everyone to know that Mascara Monsters is a free music project. Downloads are free on our Soundcloud page. We also give away CDs, T-shirts and other goodies on all of the above pages often.


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Thanks for the interview!


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