Carré Callaway frontwoman for Los Angeles based rock trio Queen Kwong was discovered at age 17 by Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor. She’s gearing up to release an EP early next year and has just played shows for the first time in Paris and London! Carré has also worked with Icarus Line frontman Joe Cardamone, Dave Navarro and more! She also loves cool socks, Nick Cave and cats! Meow!
What do you wear on stage?
Whatever I’m wearing that day. My outfit always involves boots of some sort with a cool pair of socks (whether visible or not), and sometimes tights with cut offs over ’em.
How important is your stage outfit to you?
Not very important. I go on stage as myself, therefore my clothes are no different than what I usually wear. I just make sure that I’m comfortable. I used to wear heels while I played shows but it really limited my movement on stage so I stick to boots.
Make-up-wise what’s your onstage must?
Black eyeliner, mascara and chapstick.
What’s your biggest beauty indulgence?
Bonne Belle Lip Smacker packs!
What are your offstage outfits like?
Same as my onstage outfits. I think the only difference is that I don’t wear my most girly clothes onstage (i.e.: heels and dresses). I learned the hard way that wearing short dresses while playing shows on high stages with photographers around is not a good idea!
Who are your style icons?
I don’t have any style icons. I’ve pretty much dressed the same way my whole life. I keep things simple. I like what I like. I like when girls show leg, wear cool socks/tights, and boots.
What do you do creatively when you’re not creating/playing music?
I draw a lot but I’m not good at it. I eat a lot, too. Is that creative? I can eat in creative ways.
What makes your musical style different?
I think my style of music is really raw and in-your-face. These days there aren’t many “rock” or “indie rock” bands that push any boundaries or have any edge. My musical style definitely does that.
Have you ever encountered sexism within the music community?
At times, yes. Here and there. Most of the sexism I encounter isn’t intentional. People aren’t used to seeing a girl play the kind of music I play or put on the kind of shows I put on. When I tell people I am a musician they immediately assume I am just a singer and usually they also assume that I play acoustic, singer/songwtriter type music. I guess that is what mainstream people associate with a girl in music. Until what I do is mainstream, that’s not going to change. I rarely encounter girls who do what I do in music. It is really unfortunate. But until more girls start doing it, people are going to assume that most girls aren’t “capable” of it.
How do you deal with the haters?
I don’t give a fuck. People will like me and a lot of people won’t. I don’t really care because I don’t like most people anyway.
Tell me about your latest projects.
I just went to play eight shows in London and Paris. It was amazing. It was the first time I have played shows in either city. I had a really fun time. Recently, Smoky Carrot in the UK released my current single, “Bitter Lips” with a B-side song called “Eddie The Kid”. I hope to release the next single in November and then an EP in February supported by touring.
Plus, Ten Things Loved by Queen Kwong (from her site)
2. Iggy Pop
3. Guitarist Neil Hagerty
5. The Proposition film written by Nick Cave
6. Actually, anything by Nick Cave
7. Crossword puzzles
Queen Kwong live opening for Nine Inch Nails:
Love & sparkles!
*Photo credits: 1 – Charlie Bones / 2 – Andy Little / 3 – Carré