(Rules of The Gauntlet: The artists (In this case Denver’s own LaRissa Vienna and the Strange) is sent a butt ton of questions ranging from standard to stupid from which they must choose at least 12 to answer and return them to us with a minimum of tear stains.).
Tell me why your music rules. Or why it sucks.
It’s hard rock music with a violinist. ‘Nuff said.
Tell me about your new album. The writing, vibe, production/producers, etc.
I wrote this album about connecting to your inner child. When I was a kid, I was endlessly creative and free. I didn’t care what people thought yet. I wanted to go back to that feeling, and remember why I started doing music in the first place. I made sure not to hold back in any way while writing and recording. We had very long recording sessions every week and worked non-stop for months until it was perfect. I’ve never been more proud of a body of work. I believe that I achieved what I set out to accomplish.
Why do you make your style of music? Why not polka? or Japanese symphonic folk metal? or..?
To be honest, I never “go” for a genre. I didn’t have a sound in mind when I started. I write music the way I know how, the way that I feel. And it comes out as sometimes aggressive, sometimes somber, mostly sad, and sometimes euphoric. But I’m not opposed to changing it up. Ever.
How often do you work on your music?
When I’m in the mode to write an album, it’s every single day. Even if it sucks. You have to keep creating to stumble on the amazing songs that were meant to be born.
What is your philosophy? Motto?
You can constantly create yourself and your life. Nothing is permanent, and you can constantly keep evolving while staying true to yourself.
Who are your influences?
David Bowie and Marilyn Manson. Anyone who is sort of alien-like and has made a huge statement through their music.
Have you named your bodily parts and what are they?
I call vagina’s “tutu’s” because it’s sort of innocent but still makes people uncomfortable.
What legendary musicians would you like to play badminton with?
Mick Jagger because I think I’d have a fair chance. He’s getting a little bit on the old side.
What was the last song you listened to before this interview?
“Show Me How to Live” by Audioslave
What’s the most embarrassing band you listen to?
Hanson. No shame.
Why should people experience your music?
I believe they should experience the whole package. Our music is about the sound, it’s about the visuals, it’s about the live shows – it all flows together and is a big ball of energy. In my opinion, I believe it’s uplifting and I enjoy inspiring people by example. I love watching others succeed. I want to cheer people on and show them that limitations don’t exist.
What would you like to say to your fans?
Thank you. There’s no proper way to express what you mean to me, but your support over the years keeps me strong and fearless. You all make me brave, and I love you so much. This new album is for you.