Chantal may be well-known for fronting US alternative rock/dance punk band Morningwood but I’m sure she’ll soon be well-known for her new solo project – with fans commenting on her first solo jam Bite Your Tongue uploaded to her Soundcloud (you can find it at the bottom of this post) “sounds Dusty Springfield rock-ola crazy” and “you give Shirley Bassey a run for her money.”
What do you wear on stage?
For my solo project I haven’t decided on the stage look yet, that has always been one of my hardest things to put together because there are so many limitations to what I can actually wear while performing. There are things I would love to wear like SUPER TALL HEELS but then the performance would suffer because I would be tip toeing around not to break my neck.
How important is your stage outfit to you?
It is incredibly important, it has to look cool but also be comfortable and wearable. Especially when you are on tour you need stuff that you can wear days in a row without it being washed, and if you dance around like I do it has be able to breath because I never sweat more in my life then when I’m on stage. So then you are only talking about certain materials, and shoes forget about it. If you aren’t wearing a substantial heel then you can’t wear a lot of things, so it all really starts with the shoe and that dictates the rest of the outfit. It is actually quite hard to find a good stage outfit and something I am constantly working to make better, especially when I am doing it all by myself.
Make-up-wise what’s your onstage must?
WATERPROOF. WATERPROOF. WATERPROOF. The feeling of stinging makeup in your eyes is painful every night. I am not a big lipstick wearer so I just do a heavy eye and a lipgloss. I always try and mess around with my nail art though.
What’s your biggest beauty indulgence?
I love a good facial although I don’t get them as often as I like and my life has been changed from the Brazilian Blowout. I cried the first time I got out of the shower and my hair dried straight.
What are your offstage outfits like?
I really am a t-shirt and jeans type of girl, but like a ’70s girl. I tend to either rock Converse & jeans NY ’70s style or I do a Meatballs ’70s look or I go for a Kelly Bundy via Married with Children ’90s slut look, lots and lots of cowboy boots and half shirts with miniskirts & bodycon dresses.
Who are your style icons?
Jane Birkin, Liza Minelli, Barbara Streisand, Bette Midler, Bridget Bardot, the whole female & male cast of Meatballs, my brother and how he dressed in the early ’80s, Winona Ryder in Beetlejuice, Tina Turner, Kelly Bundy, Francoise Hardy, The Little Mermaid, Tracy Lord in Cry Baby, mods, rockers, punks, Nico, Jem & the Holograms.
What do you do creatively when you’re not creating/playing music?
I guess the most creative thing I do outside of music is occasionally I make claymation films.
What makes your musical style different?
Because it is mine.
Have you ever encountered sexism within the music community?
Yes, I think women who are in the music industry are judged mainly on the way they look. If a woman has a great voice but is overweight the first thing they are going to say about her is “she is fat”. A girl who is thin & pretty and maybe not as talented is accepted more openly then someone who is not. Men do not have the same stigma, if I think of all the gross dudes in bands with beards who are heralded as being amazing musicians and singers & what not. I think for a woman to succeed and be overweight in this industry she has to be considered “non-threatening” as in nonsexual (i.e. a lesbian or a romantic) but not a sexual creature. I have a WHOLE spiel about it which can’t be fit into a few sentences.
How do you deal with the haters?
I try to ignore them but you know that is usually the stuff you end up thinking about. A million people can say they love you but if one person says they hate you, you sit on that. It is something I am always working to get over.
Tell me about your latest projects.
I am working on my solo project, which is the type of music I have wanted to make forever. I am very excited for people to hear it… for upcoming news they can add me on Facebook and follow me on Twitter.
*Photo credits: 1 / 2 / 3 – Leigh Reighton