Home' LOTL : September 2005 Contents INTERVIEWED BY LYNNE JAMNECK
Ever since her first studio release in
1993, Massive Blur, US singer/songwriter
Melissa Ferrick has stood out from the
rest of her so-called-folk contemporaries
through intensely personal songs,
chronicling the hope and pain of her
private life. With music varying from
sparse, to full-blown rock and dead-sexy-
in-your-face-lyrics, she has remained true
to herself and a very loyal band of fans.
With the release of her seventh studio
album, The Other Side, Melissa delivers
another powerhouse of raw, emotional
confessionals, and at the same time offers
up something different to both old fans and
newly recruited ‘Ferrickheads’.
You’ve recently released The Other Side.
What is the significance of the title?
It is a way to explain another part of me
musically and the fact that the record was
totally made by me. I thought it was a
Your thoughts on: Music piracy
I really would like to think that it is a good
thing, however the overuse of it has really
affected Indie artists especially. For those
artists who sell millions of records, I think
the effect of loosing say a few thousand
copies doesn’t hurt them as much. But for
smaller Indie artists who need to sell say
10,000 copies to cover their costs are now
selling 5,000, so we are the ones getting
hurt financially. So I like that people can
share my music and turn new people onto
it, but I would be lying if I didn’t tell you
that it has really directly hurt my ability to
Your thoughts on: The L Word
Totally hot. I LOVE it. I watch it and think
it is smart and well written and acted, and
just plain HOT.
What’s the best thing about being
I don’t really identify myself by my
sexual orientation anymore...But if I
were to tell you what the best part of
being open to loving a woman as a
woman, it is that women are amazing and
strong individuals, that the spiritual and
emotional connection I have experienced
with women has been nothing but life
What’s the strangest (or scariest) thing
a fan has ever requested of you?
Most times it is pretty cool. I think that I
have signed a few breasts in my day and
of course g-strings and boy boxers, but I
guess the highest compliment is when I get
asked to sign people’s guitars. That makes
me happy. I haven’t really had any scary
experiences or things I would consider
weird happen to me.
The three best CD’s to seduce
Nora Jones, Portishead, Roxy Music.
Do you think record companies are now
more open to the idea of signing gay
and lesbian artists? And do those artists
need big record companies in order to
be a success?
I don’t think any artist has the need to be
on a major label anymore. The ability to
reach out to music lovers is easier than
ever now. I don’t really think that major
labels are looking for people who actually
write their own material anymore; they
seem to be more interested in a quick
fix type of artist. So the Indie labels are
advancing fast because they are investing
in careers rather than hit songs.
Are you currently in a relationship with
I have been in an open relationship for the
past 4 years.
What does the next year hold for
I am going to continue to tour the new
album and finish editing a documentary I
have been cutting over the last year called
Decade. It is a filmabout my first ten years
of making records, all B footage backstage
Melissa Ferrick Music Q & A
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