Please list all of your band members and their roles in the band.
Trumpet, sax, tuba composer
Player of the weird accordion part that sounds like a harmonica
Hired Session musicians:
Scott McKinley - Guitar, Bass, co-production (studio) Tracks 1,4
Chris Colepaugh - Guitar, Bass, co-production (studio) Tracks 2,3,5,6
Mike Bourgeois - Heavy Guitar (studio) Tracks 2,3,5.6
Joel Spanky Gray - Trumpet (studio) Tracks 1,4
Don Berner - Sax (studio) Tracks 1,4
Alden Lowery- Tuba (studio) Track 4
Danny Bourgeois- Drums ( studio) Tracks 2,3,5,6
Stew Kirkwood-Drums (studio) Tracks 1,4
Jeb Dalling- Bass line composition for Track 1
For starters, what bands were you guys a part of prior to Krista D? How long has the band been around?
It's essentially just me and it's a project I started writing for when I was about 14. This project is one of the 3 projects I have going right now. Because my songwriting is fairly eclectic, I divided by songwriting efforts by genre. 'Krista D' is my punk rock,ska,50's style harmony and doo-wop project, 'Hooha and the Peter Guns' is a new project where I'm working on some experimental rock music and I also have a new soft rock project called Molly Grue. I'm hoping to release EPs for those projects this year.
What's the origin of that name and have you changed the band's name before?
Originally it was based off my name, Krista Doucet, and recently I've visually re-branded myself to allude to the character Sandra Dee on the movie Grease.
When I was young I was writing mainly for the christian music genre but have long since left that lifestyle. I wanted to indicate a shift in direction but didn't want to abandon the name. The EP title, the logo and the melody I play on accordion at the very end of track 6, are all meant to allude to Sandys' transition in the film.
Who writes your songs? What are the main themes or topics for most of your >songs and do you think these topics will change over time?
I write all my songs, although I don't write the actual guitar solos, bass lines or drums. Anything clever instrument-wise is credited to the session musician. Lyrically, this EP deals with a lot of womens' issues, but that wasn't really a planned thing. I write based on stories people have shared with me- specifically if they've emotionally impacted me in some way. I'm not very good at making up stories so I will probably always write based on life events and emotions.
What bands are currently inspiring the music that you're making?
No bands in specific, but I do credit a lot of the genre elements I include in the music to an oldies radio program I used to listen to growing up called Finklemans 45s. I'd hold my radio out the window at night trying to get reception to hear it.
Was there a particular band/artist or concert that inspired you to start a band?
Not really. How it happened was I was around 13 or 14 and I overheard my father strumming chords on a guitar. I asked him if he wanted words and a melody for it and then jotted something down. He was impressed that it came so natural, encouraged me to write more and then booked me into a music studio shortly after.
I actually didn't grow up with any musical idols. I wasn't really allowed to listen to non-christian music. Even now, being older, and obviously capable of listening to anything I want, I still don't have the same relationship with music that it seems most musicians have.
Musicians I know grew up inspired by it. Their everyday life was saturated in music. They wanted to be like their musical heroes. To them, being in a band is like a dream come. For me... I kind of just make music because it's a creative outlet and it's an ability that just existed.
I love music, don't get me wrong, but I get the general sense that my experience with being a musical artist is a bit different than how it is for most artists.
What do you do to prepare for a show? Any flexing, exercises, etc ...
Well, I start by stressing out. Then move on to rubbing my neck to try to keep my tense neck muscles from strangling me. Then, I do some pacing while debating the fact that I need to drink water so that my throat isn't too dry to sing but that drinking the water will inevitably create the need to pee mid performance... it's all a very zen process.
What has been the biggest highlight of the band's career so far?
I think the streaming report for Land Mine showing over 719000 streams in a month, on Pandora radio, was really exciting.
If you could tour with any bands, past or present, who would they be and why?
That's tricky because the bands that I like are not the bands my musical style would even match with. So I'm going to cop-out a little on my answer and say I'd just want to tour with any genre compatible band, or artist, who are pleasant, down-to-earth, people.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Thank you very much for the interview and if anyone is interested and wants to see, or follow, my other 2 upcoming music projects or 3 visual arts projects, my site is: http://www.trimorfik.com