I was so excited when I found Los Angeles’ Hot Riot! recently. Frontwoman Kelly has so much energy, can write catchy electro-rock songs that get stuck in your head like nobody’s business and is not afraid to speak her mind. I cannot wait for her debut full-length record she’s currently working on!
What do you wear on stage?
My “go-to” as far as stage wear is boots with shorts and some sort of oversized off the shoulder vintage T-shirt. I also like to layer neon colored fishnets with ripped up tights over.
How important is your stage outfit to you?
Very important! When I step out on stage I want to feel like I’m giving something special to the audience. Not just with my music or performance but with how I look too. I never go on stage in just normal street clothes. I make sure it looks like a sort of a costume.
Make-up-wise what’s your onstage must?
Dark eyes and I do war paint on my right cheek just below my eye. NO lipstick or lip gloss! My hair gets stuck in it.
What’s your biggest beauty indulgence?
The Daily Resurfacer by Dermalogica. It’s expensive but it makes my skin flawless.
What are your offstage outfits like?
I’m a big fan of oversized hipster dresses. The kind that just kinda hang off ya. I like to wear that with an old pair of cowboy boots, ya know… the kind that has duct tape holding them together. And then of course the good ol’ go-to, tank top and skinny jeans.
Who are your style icons?
Gwen Stefani, and as of lately Ke$ha. I like how sloppy she is ’cause I’m kinda sloppy too.
What do you do creatively when you’re not creating/playing music?
I love to paint. I find weird things on the side of the road (old windows/ pieces of wood) I take them home clean them up and paint something rad on them. I also like to make my own cloths or change up something I already own to make it one of a kind.
What makes your musical style different?
Well my music is very electro/ dance, a bit like Lady Gaga. But what makes us different is I add in some harder guitar, almost metal you might say. Also my arrangements are very cinematic, which makes it extremely soundtrack friendly.
Have you ever encountered sexism within the music community?
YES!!! At the venues and in the recording studio. It seems like if you are a girl in the music industry that sings and only sings… you’re golden! But if you write music, play an instrument or have a strong opinion, NO ONE wants to hear it. Most producers I’ve come in contact with just want a puppet, someone that will do what they want when they want them to do it. And, if you’re not the lead singer… HA forget about it!! Just with girls though. Don’t get me wrong, there are people out there that don’t think that way but honestly they are few and far between. So all us girls just have to WORK HARDER and BE BETTER but the payoff is most EXCELLENT!
How do you deal with the haters?
I just try to not let them affect me. Everyone has a right to their opinion. Goodness knows I have some strong ones. Good and bad. Plus constructive criticism could really open your eyes about something otherwise you’d be blind to.
Tell me about your latest projects.
Right now I’m working on all the pre-production for my first full length album. I should be hitting up the recording studio soon. The producer I’m working with is one of the original founders of Dubstep so I’m excited. Also a couple of my songs just got placed in two movie trailers and one movie. So I’m looking forward to when all that comes out.
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