|An Interview with Ana Matronic of the Scissor Sisters|
posted by Alejandro Morales
on Jul 4, 2012 09:30am | comments
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After a trial run at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, Alejandro Morales moved from New York to Philadelphia in 2003 to attend the University of the Arts, where he learned how to write real good. Currently he co-hosts Camp Tabu, a comedy showcase, every second Friday of the month at Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar, as well as the Rant-O-Wheel, an improvised storytelling competition, every first Monday of the month at the Shubin Theatre. He blogs culture, politics, and entertainment for PhillyGayCalendar because he loves you.
Alejandro Morales: Hi! So where are you now?
Ana Matronic: Washington, DC. We're
wrapping up the last part of our US tour. We started in vegas, went
through the west coast, made our
way across up into Canada -- Toronto and Montreal and over to new york.
AM: Have you gotten better at touring as the band has progressed?
AM: We toured at least twice for every
album, so we've probably been on eight or nine. We're very good at it
now. It's a regimented
military operation; rolling in a few hours before, setting up hairpieces
and makeup and then executing it. We've gotten pretty good at touring.
look back and laugh at how green we were and how long it took to get
used to playing to the people in the kinds of spaces we were in.
AM: How do you blow off steam between shows?
AM: We're all big readers. Because our
stage show is so energetic and high intensity we tend to be kind of
mellow off stage. Lots of reading watching movies. We're surprisingly
normal. We like to save our energy for the shows. There will be times
that we have a
night on the town but for the most part it's just getting back to the
hotel and getting into a good book.
AM: Is there anything in particular you're reading now?
I've been working
on a comic book and doing a lot of research for it. My main character is
mathematician, so right now I'm reading "Meaning and Philosophy of
Numbers" [by Leonard Bosman]. And, just today I picked up a book for our
guy; it's a copy of "The Unbearable Lightness of Being." It's one of my
AM: Was the songwriting process for The Magic Hour similar to the way you've worked in the past?
It was essentially the same: Going over
to the studio and getting in there and starting out with a lyric idea
or a sound idea, and that much has stayed the same. We've gotten a lot
better. This record took about three weeks to
write. Before it was a question of years, and that was really
surprising. We've never written a record that fast. That partly has to
do with the
fact that Jake [Shears] wrote a musical last summer, so that experience
gave him a confidence and a clarity about what he wanted to say with
AM: Do the demographics of your shows skew a little gayer?
It's all kinds of people. In the States
we tend to have a more gay, or more underground following. We sell
arenas in the UK, it's 18,000 people of all walks of life. Our fan base
is incredibly varied. Europeans are a lot less uptight and quite
a bit less judgmental towards other peoples lifestyles. It's
a real testament to the attitudes of europeans, they don't care who's
making the music, they just care that it's good. It's
something that i really didn't expect. I thought that by nature of
who we are that we wouldn't be where we are today, and the fact that we
are gives me hope that more artists in the future can be themselves on
AM: You're playing The Electric Factory Thursday. What do you think of Philadelphia?
I love Philly and I'm a big fan of
Benjamin Franklin. A couple years ago I went on a Ben Franklin hunt: I saw the old street where his workshop was, I went to his
museum... I also visited Elfreth's Alley and called those phone numbers they post that have historical stories. I love history, and Philadelphia is a microcosm of American
history. I love [local Hip Hop artist] Spank Rock. We
worked with him and did some shows with him, he's one of the sweetest coolest
people on earth.
After Ana Matronic takes the 4th of July off to "have some beers and blow things up and other patriotic things," The Scissor Sisters will play The Electric Factory on Thursday, July 5th. Tickets are available through the Electric Factory website.