I would like to thank Ms. LURKDAT from LURKDAT.COM for agreeing to do this with me! To give a little background before I move on to the interview, I came across LURKDAT's blog randomly while searching through a bunch of different blogs one day. LURKDAT is a rapper, artist, design expert, blogger, photographer, and a whole lot of other things that can't be categorized. I was immediately drawn to the blog and started following.
It wasn't until a San Francisco based website, called Aggressive Panhandler, wrote up a review of one of her songs that I really started lurking around LURKDAT. The first time I heard the song, I was hooked and knew I had to learn more about this lady. She seemed so cool! I love people who are creative, fun, smart, dare to be different, and, most importantly, have something to say. I really admire that. I want to surround myself with people like that. LURKDAT is all those things. Luckily for me, she is also a really nice person and didn't make me feel like a creepy stalker when I asked her if I could interview her for my blog. Joy!
Interview after the jump. My questions are in bold and LURKDAT's answers are in all caps.
I really enjoy the songs you create-- they're tongue in cheek and have a lighthearted feel to them, even if the subject matter is quite dark. How do you write your songs and what keeps you inspired?
THANKS, BLUHD, GLAD YOU DIG THE SONGS!!! WHEN I WRITE MUSIC, IT'S USUALLY BASED ON A FEELING OR SOMETHING I WANNA SAY. I'M INSPIRED BY EVERYTHING I COME ACROSS, PEOPLE I SEE/MEET, PAST EXPERIENCES AND THINGS I'VE ENCOUNTERED. I WANNA TRY TO DO MORE STORYTELLING... I'VE GOT TOO MUCH ON MY MIND AND TOO MUCH I'VE BEEN THRU!
It inspires me to see other intelligent, tattooed, hip-hop lovin ladies out there on the net making a name for themselves. It gives me hope for myself. How did you establish yourself? Was it a process?
I'M NOT ESTABLISHED AT ALL, I DON'T THINK I AM...??? I'M TOO ADHD TO STICK TO A PROJECT, SO I DON'T KNOW. ALL I KNOW IS THAT I HAD TO TRY MANY THINGS BEFORE DECIDING I LIKED THEM. SHIT IS ALL TRIAL AND ERROR AND I'M STILL MAKING ERRORS. SHIT IS STRESSFUL, BUT REWARDING WHEN I ACTUALLY LEARN SOMETHING.
What songs do you sing in the shower?
I SING THIS ONE SONG BY CHARLENE, IT'S CALLED "NEVER BEEN TO ME." IT'S MY ANTHEM. I ALSO FUCK WITH MARIAH CAREY (DREAM LOVER ERA) AND 90s R&B. R. KELLY WHEN I PISS IN THE SHOWER.
Did you have any idols growing up? Who?
MY IDOLS GROWING UP: MADONNA, SALT & PEPA, THE WHOLE "KIDS" CAST AND MOVIE,
If you were a boxer or MMA fighter, which song would you choose for your walk to the ring?
IF I WERE A BOXER AND NEEDED TO DO A SONG TO HYPE ME UP BEFORE AND DURING MY WALK INTO THE RING, IT WOULD BE "OXYCONTIN" BY LIL WYTE. THE HOOK.
If your life was made into a book or film, what kind of story would it be?
IF MY LIFE WAS MADE INTO A MOVIE/BOOK IT WOULD HAVE AWKWARD, EMBARRASSING AND FUCKED UP SITUATIONS AND MOMENTS OF REGRET WITH QUICK TRANSITIONS TO MOMENTS OF ZEN. I BE HAVIN EPIPHANIES ON A DAILY BASIS. WITH SEX SCENES THAT WILL MAKE YOU FEEL EMBARRASSED FOR ME. WELCOME TO THE DOLLHOUSE MEETS REQUIEM FOR A DREAM MEETS SISTER ACT MEETS GUMMO MEETS NOW & THEN MEETS BASKETBALL DIARIES MEETS ME WITHOUT YOU.
When you aren't blogging, making music or doing nails, what are you doing? What do you do for fun? To relax?
WHEN I'M NOT ON MY GRIND, I'M ON MY LURK. I DO A LOTTA SHIT ALONE. I'M USUALLY DAYDREAMING OR BEING CARELESS OR GETTING LOST. ALL FOR FUN. TO RELAX I GET A PEDI. I MISS WHEN I DIDN'T HAVE TO DO MY OWN NAILS.
"Lurkin on Larkin" [click the song title to download the song] is a great song, but it deals with some real issues that continue to plague the Tenderloin. Do you think of your songs as being social commentary?
I WOULDN'T WANT "LURKIN ON LARKIN" TO BE A SOCIAL COMMENTARY. IT WOULDN'T REPRESENT EVERYONE'S TL [Tenderloin district in San Francisco] TALES, JUST MINE. AND THAT'S ONE-SIXTEENTH OF THE SHIT I DID. I SHOULDA MADE A SONG ABOUT THE FISH AND CHIP SPOT.
You've lived on both coasts, in San Francisco and New York City. Are there many differences you've noticed since moving? Do you think East coast is a different mentality from West coast?
I LOVE S.F. I DID MOST OF MY GROWING UP THERE AND WAS MAJORLY INFLUENCED (AND UNDER THE INFLUENCE) BY S.F. CITY LIFE. NEW YORK IS A NEW CHAPTER FOR ME. THE ONLY DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TWO IS THAT I DON'T DO AS MUCH DRUGS OR DRINKING AS I WOULD IN S.F. I NEED TO BUILD MY DEALER DATABASE IN N.Y.
What kind of advice would you give to other creative women who are trying to get their voices heard?
TO WOMEN TRYNA GET THEY VOICES HEARD: FUCK WHAT EVERYONE ELSE SAYS. WE'RE ALWAYS GONNA GET JUDGED. GIVE EM SOMETHING TO SAY. HATERS ARE EVERYWHERE. DON'T GIVE IN TO THE MADNESS. PMA ALL DAY. LET'S SUPPORT EACH OTHER, INSTEAD OF BEEF OVER BULLSHIT.
How would you describe yourself to someone who has never met you?
IF YOU'VE NEVER MET ME: I'M TOO NICE. I'M SHY ON SOME SOCIALLY AWKWARD SHIT. I'M ON MY PHONE BECAUSE I'M SHY. I AVOID EYE CONTACT AND AVOID PEOPLE IN GENERAL. BUT I'M NICE. I ALWAYS SAY I DON'T FEEL GOOD, CAUSE I NEED TO BE MEDICATED. I TALK ABOUT GROSS THINGS AND I'M NOT AFRAID TO SHIT IN YOUR TOILET.
Is there anything else that you think I've left out, that must be said? Say it now!
<3 LAY TIEN <3
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Check out her blog and download some tracks! I know you're going to love her style as much as I do!
I hope you enjoyed my interview! If you know a strong, ambitious and independent woman and would like to recommend her for a future interview, let me know!