You may also recognize her work from FOX'S animated TV show American Dad which included her song, "I'm Walking This Road Because You Stole My Car (Don't Go)," in the episode, "Choosey Wives Choose Smith" in 2008.
1. As someone who didn't encounter The Beatles' music until you were an adult, how did you respond to it when you first heard it?
I need to clarify--I encountered it lightly before adulthood, mostly through TV and movies like Ferris Bueller's Day Off. I think my sister even had a copy of Abbey Road that we listened to through BMG 10 Cds for $.99--I think that was the deal back in the 80s. When I got to college, I finally met people who were CRAZY about the Beatles. Who were rumored to have Beatles toilet paper, who had posters, etc. Who had good sound systems. I liked it! Who doesn't like the Beatles?
2. What inspired you to do a Beatles cover album, and how did you choose the songs for the album?
I'll be brief about this. I have an alter-ego named Chairmeowww who came out of an difficult time in my life. Literally she came out. I became Chairmeowww is the best way to put it. That sounds weird, but suffice it to say--she had the idea. For about five minutes, it wasn't clear whether it was going to be a cover album of the Stones or the Beatles. But Chairmeowww interviewed some people... on a bus... and came to the conclusion that Beatles were it.
I let my bandmates pick the song. Joey Maramba who played bass, and Mike Corwin who played guitar and Wurlitzer on the album, they both know me well and sent me mix tapes, er, CDs of what they thought I should do, and that determined what ended up on the album. Then we had a Beatles songbook and some lyric sheets printed up in the studio so I could look at the words that I didn't know.
3. Why did you decide on Kickstarter as the means of funding the completion of the album/videos?
I like the word "Kickstarter." It brings to mind being kicked in the ass. In certain situations, one finds that this image has its appeal. Also, as I thought of my project I started thinking of it as my "Beatles Kickstarter." My Beatles Indie-Go-Go would be too much of a mouthful, even though the terms are better for artists, less all or nothing. HOWEVER--Google search: Beatles Kickstarter and I should come up #1 or #2. Google search: Beatles Kickstarter Chairmeowww and ha, ha, I definitely come up #1.
4. As an independent artist, how do you balance a "day job" with finding the time to create music?
I've changed my concept of time. :) You don't need a lot of time to be inspired every day. It's nice if you have all day, but if you do have to work or make ends meet, you need a creative life (sometimes only a few minutes a day of writing / reading), a deadline (very important), and an intent to create music. I actually make a little bit of money to pay my bills from music. The fans who find me on American Dad and look me up and buy my music--they help me pay for my health insurance... and nail polish--I like to say. :) It's hard for me to use Spotify for this reason, no matter how great it is. I really like buying nail polish. And I'm so thankful some fans are still willing to pay and support artists for their musical output. It's an old school model, but it's new school if they get the track through Bandcamp. Lots of time folks will send me a message with their order. Then I know who they are. That's personal contact between humans, and it's a real difference that's made possible by new business models and technological developments that have come to market full force in the last 10-15 years.
5. If you could tell people just three things about yourself to help them get to know you, what would you say?
1. I think I have a heart murmur, but maybe it's the food poisoning I got yesterday.
2. I had lots of zits as a kid from the time when I was in 4th grade into adulthood. I hated every one (zits, not people).
3. Chairmeowww might be the Incarnation of Hello Kitty and that they should check out the full length Kickstarter video to get to know me better: bit.ly/beatleskickstarter