Age and occupation. How long have you lived here, where did you come from, and where do you live now?
It's not polite to ask a girl her age but my birthday is coming up. I'm going to be one year older. I'm having a party and you're not invited. I tell most people that I "do computer stuff." I work at Amp Agency, the tech subsidiary of Alloy INC., as an "Information Architect" and a "Web Producer" designing computer products and websites for teens. I work very closely with the programmers and the creative team, both of which I have been a part of. I build the structure of a site for the team to follow and implement all the pieces together into the layout and deliver the final product. (Pause.) That's what I said, "computer stuff." I grew up here and I've lived here my whole life. Right now, I'm down by the Seaport.
Three for You
1. Your band Soviet was part of the First Wave of Electroclash that tore down the wall surrounding Berlinsburg. What's the state of the genre now, have all the original bands been replaced with Bedford Wives?
Do you want me to hurt you? My band, Soviet, is not and has never been ElectroClash. Im so tired of this question but hearing it makes me want to clear things up once and for all - but it will never be the last time. Let me explain a few things: Electro is a type of music that has been gaining speed mostly in Berlin, London, New York, Chicago, and Detroit. ElectroClash is a festival that was put on by one man and used to showcase some electronic DIY New York music and a few burgeoning groups that he created and wrote the songs for who were mainly composed of drag queens and tramps. We played the first festival (along with about 60 other bands) and had one song (which doesn't represent us the best as much as it's our most electro-like song) on the compilation that he sold at the festival. His bands, whom he writes for and often manages, would consder themselves Electroclash. I am friends with many of those drag queens and I used to be one of those tramps too, in a band called WIT (Whatever It Takes) and I love them to death. Those girls are so hot. Although, Soviet is not ElectroClash and is not the only band to be irritated by the countless times this question has been brought up in interviews. Not because we don't respect what Electroclash is doing, but ElectroClash implies that we didn't write our own songs, we are not musicans, and implies a certain level of campiness. The pride of Soviet is in the song writing. All bands have issues with how they are being pigeon-held into a genre, but ElectroClash gets the most flak. IMHO, Its because the genre was so fashionable (I mean, tramps are HOT!) before there was much actual music. I don't blame people to want to have music associated with a music genre. So after this rant, I hope you have learned nothing but to listen to music of all kinds and judge it solely on what you like not what you read. Words kill. Soviet is influenced by many types of bands but I dont know if there is a perfect genre to place us. New Romantic would've been good. So wait, what was the question again?
2. Prove your geek-girl status: What exactly do you code in Perl?
I learned perl writing a calendar script for a distance learning chat program during college. I learned it by writing C code (which I learned in high school) through a perl compiler to learn the differences. My style hasn't gotten much sexier and that may be why I've never successfully programmed along side anyone, although it did give me the nickname perlgrrl in some circles (FTG in the haus!). I like perl because it's easy and portable and is great for string manipulation and regular expressions - I like to do all my file batch processing in perl because I like the regex controls. Ive used perl mostly to do mass search and replaces (like for maintaining the standards in books for a digital library that I created in xml/xslt), to gather statistics, and to create backoffice tools for interactive web pages (website management, creating of polls, quizzes, surveys). But my most extensive project using perl was when I designed a version control and migration tool solely in perl that doesnt just sftp the file but the HTML response so we can preserve the includes on the development environment while migrating the source of those includes to production. I most recently wrote the listserv program for my band's mailing list. My life has been without perl ever since.
3. I'm sure there are a lot of Amanda's in the world that are jealous you own Amanda.net. Do future plans for the website involve indexing all who own the namesake as an easy reference tool for the rest of us?
Hrmm. That's an idea, which is more than I have. I've had the website for almost 8 years and there's still no purpose but to serve me. I enjoy sharing any information with uncreepy people. I don't blog because I don't like being stalked. Just ask me how I was recommended to do this interview.
Please share a personal (and hopefully interesting) NYC taxi story.
There are so many. The other day I was in a cab and the driver's name was Fascial Butt. True story. Sorry for outting you Fascial.
Time travel question: What era, day or event in New York's history would you like to re-live?
Hell's Kitchen. 1930s. Playing stickball. Hanging with the Bowery boys.
What's your New York motto?
If you dont make eye contact, its not gay sex.
Best celebrity sighting in New York, or personal experience with one if you're that type.
I went to the X-games opening party with my band. We were smashed and there were celebrities everywhere. I met David Krumholtz who was impressed that I recognized him from Monty, the tv show he starred in when he was 15. Donovan Leitch (jr) recognized us which just about blew my mind. Lance Bass and Seth Rogan were there and I slyly took their pictures when they weren't looking. These are all amazingly celebrates that I actually care about but dont get the "justin timberlake" response you mightve been expecting. BUT WAIT! Gwen Stafani, Gavin Rossdale, and Tony Kanal (too intimidated to photograph) were there. we are getting ready to leave when very drunk Soviet member starts throwing water at Gwen and Gavin. We tried to stop him by telling him that you cant throw water at Gwen Stafani. To that, he screams "who the F*** is Gwen Stafani?!". She looked at us with a very worried look in her eyes and hurried off looking back nervously.
What's the most expensive thing in your wardrobe?
Prada winter coat. It's white polyurethane and neoprene. It costs $170 just to have CLEANED.
Where do you summer?
The server room. It's most air-conditioned
What happened the last time you went to L.A.?
I was helping this band Midtown showcase. They are the best bunch of guys - I was really lucky to know them. We partied like (ahem) rockstars, I reunited with some friends I had made during Soviet's residency 9 months earlier, and stayed with my super amazing, fun, and giving friends Nina "Phixion" Tahash and Jesse Camp. Last summer, they first lent us their super HOT 1980 transam (with t-top and gold eagle) to ride around town for a month and then GAVE US their pick up truck so we could finish our tour when our van was declared legally dead. TRULY AMAZING FRIENDS.
Of all the movies made about (or highly associated with) New York, what role would you have liked to be cast in?
Pat Benatar's Love is a Battlefield video or the Fifth Element.
The End of The World is finally happening. What are you going to do with your last 24 hours in NYC?
Go to the zoo and get lion. Then I shove a stick of dynamite up it's butt and the lion and I die like one.
Check out more of Amanda and her NON-electroclash band, Soviet, at Amanda.net.