Each Wednesday (barring holidays), Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We're pretty good about coming up with goofy and unnecessary classifications for the music that we listen to so as to make us sound intelligent: alt-indie-Texana, grungey-electronica-rock, rolling-bebop-rap, etc. It's actually a requirement on the Music Writer Contract all of us are required to sign, right in between "Wear a messenger bag, regardless of whether or not it's needed, at least twice a week" and "Argue that Led Zeppelin's Zoso tangentially contributed to the formation of whatever band someone has just claimed as their favorite."
So when we found out that Miss Buffy, a beat poet of sorts, had established her own classification to describe her music, we had to sign her to the Artist of the Week label. Plus, she's got a song called "Tongue Fuck," which certainly didn't hurt her chances.
The genre she created? "Erotipo," and it does a pretty good job of corralling the sound of her music. Essentially, it's musical erotic poetry; an X-rated Jill Scott, if you will. So naturally, we tugged on Buffy's coat to ask her about how she got started, the meaning behind "Tongue Fuck," and a possible metaphor for her, uh, you know.
Rocks Off: So, first things first, how does one become a sexually overt beat poet?
Miss Buffy: I think everyone has the same thoughts, I do I just happen to put my sexual thoughts and moments to music. My lyrics are always first and I write about what I am inspired by. To me, sex is poetry. With my erotica poetry I desired a medium that could be all encompassing and to perform it. To put it to music seemed like a natural thing to do.
RO: We interviewed this R&B singer one time and asked him the following question, but it seems considerably more relevant now: are you always in a state of perpetual sexiness? Like, when you wake up and fix yourself a bowl of cereal, would you describe that as a sexy situation?
MB: When I wake up in the morning and fix a bowl of cereal in my French maid costume... I would call that a sexy situation. I am in a perpetual state of sexiness.
RO: Weird. That's the same thing we wear when we fix our bowl of cereal. Tell us a little bit about "Tongue Fuck." It's embarrassing just for us to listen to it - we're ignorant like that.
MB: "Tongue Fuck" was inspired by a true moment, as most my songs are. Some lucky ex-boyfriend who shall remain nameless is immortalized. There are moments that simply inspire and this was one of them that had to be written about.
RO: Do you get embarrassed when you sing it?
MB: Embarrassed? No. If I got embarrassed it would take away from my message. But am I vulnerable? Yes, that is what makes if great for me as a performer.
RO: One thing we found kind of funny was, in your images on your MySpace page there are a bunch of Maxim-style photos and then, right smack in the middle of them, there's a picture or two of a cat. Is that some type of metaphor, or are you just a cat person? In that, I mean that you enjoy cats, not that you're actually half cat/half human. Unless you are. Then you should probably speak to that, because it'd be considerably more interesting.
If you like this story, consider signing up for our email newsletters.
SHOW ME HOW
You have successfully signed up for your selected newsletter(s) - please keep an eye on your mailbox, we're movin' in!
MB: My kitty wants attention too. Prrrrrrrr.
RO: Got it. Do you have a day job? If so, have they seen your Myspace page? How do they feel about it?
MB: Yes I do. I have two personas. Real estate entrepreneur by day masked by glasses Clark Kent-style, and "Buffy," erotica beat poet, by night. So no, they have not seen my Myspace page. Shhhhh... - Shea Serrano