10 Ladies - 10 Questions - Silvana Campus
Welcome to the BRD Original Series - 10 Ladies - 10 Questions!
Hey everyone! Do you like music? Of course you do! Perhaps you remember our last series entitled "10 Punks, 10 Questions." It was a great time and highlighted many of the great punk rock musicians in our province. The only problem was, much like the parties I hosted as a 20 year old, it was a total bro fest. Not that there's anything wrong with that but anyone who's been out to a show in Alberta can confirm that is only a small sliver of what this great scene has to offer. This new series will focus on 10 rad ladies in the Alberta music scene and I hope you find your new favourite artist over the next 2 weeks! So once again, I implore you to hop into your coziest of PJ pants, grab a Radler, and prepare to be entertained!
We've partied in Red Deer a couple times this series so let's go back for old time's sake! Let's say Bonjourno to Silvana Campus! She is currently the Program Director of the Lethbridge Girls Rock Camp and we think that's just the tops! She's also rocking out the bass in a couple bands but we'll let her tell you about that! She took some time out of her busy ass day to share some words with us so with no further ado, here is the latest interview in our 10 Ladies - 10 Questions series! Enjoy!
BRUTAL REALITY DIGEST: Identify yourself, your band, and your weapon of choice.
currently: mtbc, MomBod, Picture Postcard
bass & vox
BRD: What is your favourite part about the city you live in?
S: The river bottom is so amazing: you can go exploring on a different day, at a different time, during a different season, and it's a whole new experience, every time.
BRD: What’s the least favourite part about the city you live in?
S: The wind!! (But also: you get used to it and it's actually not so bad)
BRD: What is a movie quote you find yourself quoting the most?
S: Well, I have a 6yr old who is super into Star Wars so there's a lot of "Do. Or do not. There is no try"
BRD: What was the first song you learned how to play?
S: Ummm… does my memory stretch back that far? My high school band played "Knocking on Heaven's Door" but likely there was something before that… I started playing bass for the jazz band and "Salt Peanuts" is a stand out, so probably that?
BRD: If you could perform a duet with any musician in history, who would you choose?
S: Oooooof that's tough. Maybe Caithlin De Marris (of Rainer Maria). I admire her bass playing & singing style a lot. Her lyrics and phrasing are so mind blowing. I'm always thinking of ways to incorporate parts into my music so it'd be sweet to have a master class with her.
BRD: What was the funnest show you ever played?
S: I don't play at the LGRC Showcases but those are the funnest shows ever, hands down!! And for my own, how do I chose?! Hmmm… MomBod played a show with Russian Tim and the Pavel Bures and that was pretty epic. It was a small, cramped venue, so the place was packed and the energy was high. Every song RT&tPB played was amazing and hilarious. Everyone was having a great time and being really cool with each other. That was a pretty rad night.
BRD: What was your most embarrassing moment on stage?
S: At LGRC, we talk to campers about the worst things that could happen on stage but most embarrassing things end up being great stories and really no big deal. Probably something stupid like accidentally unplugging my bass by stepping on the patch cord while rocking out and then not realizing so it took a moment to figure out what went wrong. (But also I'm a "FUCKING PROFESSIONAL" so that kind of stuff doesn't really phase me anymore. I just try to laugh it off.)
BRD: What is one cover song that you absolutely refuse to play?
S: Ummm I am almost always up for a cover haha. Even if it's a song I didn't especially care for, I like to find a way to twist it into something interesting. (Case in point: that time betterhalf morphed Jann Arden's "I Would Die For You" into a yelling math rocky mess for a CKXU covers night.)
BRD: What are you most excited for as we finish off 2020?
S: For it to be over!! But really, I'm most excited about some of the changes I've been forced to make because of everything that's been happening: slowing down, considering others, and thinking about things in new ways. It's all that stuff that we mean to do, we try to do, that gets set aside. 2020 might've sucked for lots of reasons but it's given me a new framework to view the world and I'm pretty stoked about that.