BARE Interviews: Kill My Coquette

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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?

I remember all the bands I used to see with girls singing and playing guitar. It spoke volumes to me. Art inspires. That’s its greatest purpose. When I see other female musicians I get inspired. Especially in rock and roll. Yeah, it’s important to me. 

Did you want to grow up to be a rockstar when you were a kid? What were you like back in high school?

All I wanted to do growing up was wear cool clothes and stay out all night. So yeah, I guess I always wanted to be a rock star… As for highschool, art student. Drama club. Pale skin. Black hair. Wanted to be blond with big boobs. So glad THAT didn’t happen. 

Earlier you mentioned that you used to be an actress. How did you get started acting?

I would do Summer Stock Theater around the town I’m from. Local plays. Then High School plays. Lots and lots of bad versions of Shakespeare. I got accepted to a specialty art high school one year in Minneapolis. That led me to landing an agent in Minneapolis, which led me to commercials. After high school I went to California for a few months and got extra parts in films. Then I moved to Europe. I’ve been acting ever since.

At what point did you know you wanted to start playing music?

I’ve always been a music super fan. It’s something I have always wanted to do, I just never found time to do it. There was a moment of opportunity that I kind of seized upon and thought “This is the time, it’s now or never,” but I still do all three. Being an artist today, I think you have to keep every option open and explore every artistic avenue that you possibly can.

How do your parents feel about your music?

They’re totally cool. They may often wonder why their nice Catholic school girl is fronting a rock band, but they’re always supportive. They’re big music fans too. My dad especially would blast Bob Dylan or Bruce Springsteen every morning before school. I know just about every Dylan record start to finish. My mom liked Janis Joplin. I heard it all!

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?

Check out Kill My Coquette’s website for all the latest news and tour dates www.killmycoquette.com.  Thanks so much!

Photo Courtesy of Kill My Coquette

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