Last Wednesday was the event we had all been waiting for, the G-shock Shock the World concert at Admiralspalast, Berlin. We were lucky enough to get the chance to interview the wonderful Amanda Blank before her performance at the show, so here's the scoop-
FSM: Amanda, it's great to have you here! Firstly we'll start with the obvious questions that you've probably heard a million times before and then move on to the more fun stuff! Have you been to Berlin before or are you a first timer?
AB: No I've actually been here four or five times so I'm quite the regular! I get to come here a lot but don't get to see a lot because it's mostly for work.
FSM: So whats the plan for your return to America?
AB: I'm supporting Peaches on tour, in two weeks! I love her she's really awesome and knows her shit. She's also really supportive which is important, she's helping "guide me along" in a way. Also a lot of touring in Australia which is great!
FSM: So what about your style, it changes a lot right? You look almost like a different person in every photograph I've seen of you! And you don't have the nails on today, that's kind of your trademark isn't it?
AB: Yeah I love my tacky nails!! But the only woman who can do them lives in Philly so I can only get them done when I'm at home and the last thing this girl would EVER do is go on stage with a broken nail!!
FSM: Any style icons? Someone you really admire and aspire to be like?
AB: One of my big inspirations, my Aunt Cindy! She was so fly back in the day! Such a babe, could definetly have been in like, a Motley Crew video. I love feminine dressing but weird shit. I'm a bit rock n roll, Karen O, she's another huge inspiration style-wise. I love tacky, tacky shit. I actually have really bad style haha!
FSM: Do you always dress so experimentaly or is it a kind of "stage persona"?
AB: No I usually just dress in something like jeans and a hoodie, but I get much more into the performance if I wear a sort of, costume. If I stood up on stage in say, what I'm wearing now, I wouldn't have the same kind of flair. It's all good jumping up at a party in your jeans but on stage, no. I believe a show should be a show!
FSM: Our Freestyle motto is "For Creative People who Like to Play". We work really hard but are doing something that we love. Is this something that you can relate to? You always seem to be having so much fun when you are performing.
AB: Yeah definetly! The moment it stops being fun is the moment I'm gonna stop doing it. Luckily I'm surrounded by friends. Really fun, awesome people with an anything goes attitude. It's not all fun and games and there are times when you have to do things you don't really want to but I have a positive attitude and am surrounded by good people so that makes things a lot easier. I mean for instance my band, Sweatheart, we're not making money or recieving press but I'd still do it for free forever!
FSM: So now time for some Frisbee related questions, it was inevitable! When's the last time you played Frisbee?
AB: Actually 2 months ago! In a car park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I was on tour with Matt and Kim and someone found a frisbee so we just drank beer and played frisbee, it was great fun!
FSM: What would your own personal frisbee look like?
AB: Probably really ugly! Tacky, black and sparkly. The goth-disco frisbee!!
FSM: And finally, can you give me one thing to do with a frisbee, but not the obvious!
AB: Ummmm.. eat a bowl of cereal out of it? That's a tough question! Probably use it as some sort of bowl.
Thanks to Amanda for being such a great interviewee, and also to everyone who took part in our competition. I hope the lucky winners had as good a time as we did!
Photos: Cooperative Music