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deemed degenerate. How as a result
we repress natural instincts and they
become even more desirable. How
sex seems to be the new “axis of
evil” especially gay sex… My friend
listened and then rolled his eyes and
said, ”You’re over-thinking, it’s just
sex!” So ‘Just Sex’ was penned. I
wanted to say relax, get over yourself,
be honest – it’s natural.
What’s the hardest thing about
Bridging the gap between reality and
the “fairy tale” fantasy expectations
that we think love comprises of.
You toured Lilith Fair. Did you have
any fave female artists to watch on
that tour? Sinead O’Connor and of
course Sarah [McLachlan].
What’s the one thing you’d most
like to change about the world?
Ignorance and selfishness. If we
could eradicate these two character
traits the world as we know it would
be devoid of poverty, wars, hate
crimes, racism, homophobia, sexism,
religious intolerance, to name but a
Do relationships get easier?
Maybe…as we get older we (in
theory!) learn by trial and error to
make better partner choices.
I read that you would like to
believe in monogamy but don’t
think it’s realistic. Why is that?
Monogamy is a good thing but maybe
a bit of an unrealistic expectation.
Sexual attraction is chemical and
genetically inbuilt for long-term
survival. When our average life
expectancy was 35 it might have
been okay, but now when we live till
80 – yikes … I’d like to think people
I’ve dated have been faithful but I
seriously doubt it! Sex and love are
not the same thing … I know people
who would die for their partners but
have been physically unfaithful.
What is your strongest emotion?
Which Aussie would you most like
to have a beer with?
Nicole Kidman… and if he was still
alive, Michael Hutchence.
Fave tracks on your mp3 player?
‘Black Horse and the Cherry Tree’
by KT Tunstall, Sinead O’Connor’s
‘Jealous’ and ‘Wind it Up’ by Gwen
Visit Billie at billiemyers.com
When did you discover your awesome voice?
Hey, thanks! I guess around age 13 – that’s when I
started writing songs and performing in rock bands.
When did you go rock ‘n’ roll?
It’s hard to pin-point. Was it when I was 13 and joined
my first band (“SYN”)? Was it when I was 12, and me
and the neighbourhood girls dressed
up like Kiss, strapped on fake electric
guitars and put on rock shows in our
attic? As a teenager I had a baaaad
attitude. It used to get me in trouble.
It has since shifted into rock ‘n’ roll,
thank God! It must have started
when I lip-synched about 300
times in a row to “Baby You Can
Drive My Car” by The Beatles in
the living room – I was 8.
Describe the style of your
Straight-up rock and roll. I don’t
use any effects on my guitar; I like
to plug straight into my half-stack. But I use odd meters
in my songwriting. Our mission is to get the rockers up
front and feelin’ it; that rock ‘n’ roll still matters!
Gay sex?! The debate rages on! Send us a message
on myspace.com/gsx. The most creative/appealing/
twisted suggestion for spelling out GSX wins a CD &
What inspires you to write?
Specific incidents, mostly involving relationships with
lovers or friends. My songs feel like coded journal
entries and transport me back to the event in question.
The lyrics leave room for the listener to project her own
interpretation, though. Favorite lyric right this second:
“Static sideview of your face, you’re sitting slightly out
of reach. Focus on the wall, you won’t hear me now.”
You recently opened for Joan Jett. Why else
should lesbians follow you? Because I’m so gay.
Will you stay independent or sign with a label?
Independent suits me fine right now but I wouldn’t say
no to a fat cheque from a major! Meantime, buy our
record Manifest at gsxrock.com.
Is the news about GSX spreading?
This has definitely been a great year
for GSX. We recently got press in
Switzerland and The Netherlands,
we’re on the cover of the New York
Waste (NYC rock newspaper) and
we’re planning a tour of Europe in July.
We’d love to come to Australia; who’s
flying us over?!
When I was a kid I was fascinated
with the gender benders: Boy George,
Bronski Beat, Joan Jett, & Sinead with
her bald head! They had the courage
to be themselves, and I was drawn to
that. Later on, more benders like Bowie,
Iggy, Chrissie Hynde, Mick Jagger, Freddie Mercury...
On the music side: Soundgarden, PJ Harvey, Jane’s
Addiction, Smashing Pumpkins, Hole, Queens of the
Stone Age, and so many more. Oh and I gotta say, I
do love Angus!
Has being out limited your career?
No, it’s done nothing but create opportunities. I have to
give thanks to the women of rock who came out before
me and who paved the way. They had the courage to
come out when it could have seriously damaged their
Advice to aspiring girl rockers?
Always wear sexy knickers. Convert to Satanism, it’s
a requirement. Seriously: don’t hold back. Be yourself,
create the music YOU want to hear.
Photos: Katrina del Mar
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