Melissa Savcic, Not Jessica Alba But Both Band And Kickboxing Singer-Songwriter
Each Wednesday, 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 email@example.com.
The other day President Obama* emailed to ask us a very direct, very answerable question: What qualities must one (or one's band) possess to earn them (or themselves) a spot in the Artist of the Week Congregation of Ass Stompers? *Now, of course, at first we questioned the validity of the email. But after we scanned down to the bottom of the message and saw it was signed "Not Fake Barack Obama," that pretty much wiped away any concerns we had of it coming from a fake Barack Obama. Our response was simple. To gain admittance into The Congregation you (or your band) must either: 1. Rock tits. 2. Be a band named after one of the members of the band so as to repeatedly inspire that same Who's On First?-ish conversation between people trying to discuss your music. This week's act, Melissa Savcic, fulfills both requirements. So we linked up with Melissa Savcic, of Melissa Savcic, to discuss issues that relate to being Melissa Savcic in Melissa Savcic, samurai swords and stealing iTunes gift cards.
Rocks Off: So, Melissa Savcic, fill in the blanks about your background a bit for us, will you? We heard that you're an avid collector of samurai swords, and that you were once an extra in a movie that co-starred Jamie Lee Curtis' little brother. Exciting stuff.
RO: How amped are you for Lilith Fair? That seems like a concert you'd almost certainly be attending.
MS: You know me so well. I grew up listening to the chicks playing at Lilith Fair. But living in Venezuela, none of the artists would come down for a show. It's a bit strange after ten years that I finally saw my influences live (Sarah Mclachlan, Jewel, Alanis Morissette...) just a couple of years ago after moving to Houston. One of the main things I love about America: all the bands we were dying to see in Venezuela, you can have access to them year after year.
Would be awesome to play at Lilith Fair in the future, I can dream right?
RO: Cool. And now that we've checked off the "Make sure you ask a question that's kind of insulting in an ignorant sort of way" box off my our do list, let's keep it moving. How great would it be if you and your band started a heated rivalry with Winter Wallace and her band? You should definitely do that.
RO: We just got a $50 gift card in the mail for iTunes. We're really excited about. We didn't even expect it. Some lady that we don't even know sent it. And she kept referring to us as "Kelly" (i.e. "Happy Birthday, Kelly" and so on). What's more, a crazy coincidence: our neighbor's name is Kelly. The universe is a bizarre place. Let's say we keep the card, what CDs should I get from iTunes? MS: I say you go to iTunes and get my album Walking Into The Sunset. It's only $7.99. After you're done, be a nice guy and give back the card to your neighbor and suggest my album as well [laughs]. The name of the album comes from the first comment I received on YouTube for my original song "Life With You" saying, "Your voice makes me dream. It's like walking into the sunset. Thanks for that." I thought it was a pretty sweet comment and it stuck with me. After almost two years I finally have my album. RO: Any shows coming up that you want to plug? Or maybe a guy that you want to call a bastard or something? MS: Our upcoming show is for charity for The Down Syndrome Association on April 10 at 7 p.m. So, can I really call someone a bastard? Well, then it would be [Hugo] Chavez! My friends that want to escape Venezuela would appreciate this. See Melissa Savcic, of Melissa Savcic, online at www.melissasavcic.com.
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