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Interview With 'Krista D'

Firstly, introduce yourself/yourselves and tell us a little bit about the band and how you came to be?

My name is Krista Acheson and I'm a singer-songwriter and a visual artist. This is mainly a self-governed studio project. I work with, and hire, various talented musicians to make the music happen. The name Krista D was what I recorded music under when I was a teenager, simply because my last name was Doucet. At that point in my life I was mainly writing music in the christian music genre. When I later left that lifestyle ,and became the blazing sin wagon I am today, I visually branded the project to allude to the character Sandra Dee from the movie Grease. Some people might get the gist of the lifestyle transition I'm suggesting through the imagery, some won't, but the band logo and the title of the EP isn't subtle if you're familiar with the movie.

What were you all up to, prior to the band, was this always the chosen path or did you have other dreams and aspirations?

This all began when I was around 13 or 14 and I heard my father repeating a chord progression on the guitar. I thought he was trying to make a song, so I asked if he'd like words and a melody for it. I wrote something down in about 5 minutes and sang it for him. He felt it was an inborn talent and from there did everything he could to give me the opportunity to become a musical artist. I began recording in the studio at around 15 or 16. As far as if I had any other dreams and aspirations; I think where I was guided into it at such a young age, I don't think I ever had the chance to imagine a different life direction.

Tell us about your latest EP and why our readers should check it out.

My latest EP is a collection of tracks that are a hybrid of a few contrasting genres that I think most people wouldn't feel belong together naturally. Your readers may want to check it out and judge if combining punk rock elements with 50's styled three part harmonies, doo-wops, and ska; has made for an interesting genre combination. The lyrical content is mainly focused on womens' issues and based on real people and events. (i.e. 'Penny for your Thoughts' is based on a woman I knew named Penny.)

Have you ever come face to face with someone within the music scene who has left you awestruck and why?

No, but certainly not because I haven't met some extremely talented people.

If we were to head out to one of your live shows what can ourselves and others expect?

Well, one thing I guess, when performing for this project, I perform in a bit of a costume. The look is kind of described as a "50's house wife on murder pills" kind of aesthetic. I'm also in the beginning stages of looking to incorporate live swing dancers to the performances so that the shows are more theatrical.

If you had one artist/band that you could go on tour with tomorrow who would it be and why?

Cyndi Lauper. I think she seems like a genuinely kind person. I really appreciate talented, successful people who at their core- all stardom aside, seem purely good.

You can spend an hour with a musical icon living or dead, who would you pick, why and what would you speak about?

Kate Bush. I find her fascinating. She went into music when she was young but already had an amazing sense of who she was and what she wanted. She also approached music like it was an art, not a business. Her work doesn't feel contrived and it's a very respectable achievement that she became so commercially successful without any conformation to trends. Her music simply feels very uncompromising. I think she has a lot of integrity as an artist and it would be cool to get to hang out and talk with someone like that. Which reminds me- I listened to her record, 'Never for Ever', over and over, while painting the EP's cover.

And finally and most importantly is Die Hard a Christmas Movie.


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