Natalie Denise Sperl is the front woman of Los Angeles-based quartet Kill My Coquette whose self-titled debut EP just came out on January 20th. Armed with attitude and boasting vital rock & punk with a twist of designer blues, Kill My Coquette is influenced by game-changing artists like Jack White, Lou Reed, Joan Jett and the New York Dolls, but they have a sound all their own. Natalie is not only a rock star but also a former actress and model. Read on to find more about her transition into music and how she finds the music world to be:
It seems as if many singers release their hidden alter egos when they step onto the stage. Do you feel like yourself onstage? Or does it feel like you’re acting?
It’s all a farce. It’s the business of “show” daaahling! Ok, seriously, it’s all similar to me. I like to perform, to provoke, to entertain, etc. It’s fun! Do I feel like myself? Hmmm… I’m usually someone else with acting. With music, it’s all me.
Many of your songs tell a story, like in “Festival Boy” when you have a romance with someone you met at a music festival. How many of these songs are about the things you’ve actually experienced, and how many are stories you imagine?
I’d say 50/50. I like to write from my own point of view and embellish. That being said I’m also working on a couple songs from a third person POV. Stories are fun to make up. You can go anywhere.
Is it important to have female musicians? Was it important to you?
Did you want to grow up to be a rockstar when you were a kid? What were you like back in high school?
Earlier you mentioned that you used to be an actress. How did you get started acting?
At what point did you know you wanted to start playing music?
How do your parents feel about your music?
With BARE being based in UC Berkeley and all, what advice would you give to college kids in general?
Try as many things as you can. If and when you decide to pursue art, make sure you realize you may spend your life penniless and anonymous. OR, you may be filthy rich and celebrated for your work. Either way, make sure you really enjoy doing it. Everything else won’t matter. Oh, and don’t wear your safety pins to yoga class.
Any last words for our readers?
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