Why eight? 8 is a good number. 8 is a GOD number...its infinity standing up. And, of course, why not?
I met Brooke when I was working at a music/art event called Future Perfect and she was working the crowd at the event. I was stuck behind coat check and Brooke walked back and forth and back and forth. Everyone was her buddy and she was all smiles and greetings. She had a red streak in her hair that matched her red vinyl pants.
Brooke switches personas the way some women switch purses, and I've been there with my camera the whole time.Telephone, Lolly Pop, and more have come and gone, each progressing up to her new project "Glean". Now at the decade anniversary of her 1st CD lets see what makes Ms. Brooke tick
1.Who would you most like to have dinner with: past or present?
I'd LOVE to host a giant sit-down supper with about 30 historical and currently living people so we could exchange ideas and learn from one another. At the moment- however- I'd most love a sit down with Wallace Hartley, violinist and band leader aboard the RMS Titanic (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wallace_Hartley) or artist/filmmaker Jean Cocteau.
2. What did you want to be growing up?
Astronaut, Scientist or Hair Stylist. Vocalist wasn't on the list!
3. Ive seen you with stacks of notebooks scratching away feverishly...do you write by logic or inspiration?
Nearly all writing seems to stem from matters of the heart: various relationships (romantic or family), the desire to be loved, the need for redemption.
4. Your current songwriting is less party and more serious in subject matter - what do you think is motivating that?
Relationships gone askew, studying Primal Scream Therapy and listening to A LOT of Tears For Fears!
5.What's the biggest misconception people have about you?
That I'm a musician? I am musical, but I've always considered myself more like a tour guide for different adventures [set to music].
Whether it's making records built on ambient sound recordings captured on the RMS Titanic's trajectory (EP-1 from glean- www.glean.bandcamp.com), flying to Los Angeles to hand-film a day in the life of Hollywood's' longest-running Chaplin impressionist (Boulevard of Broken Dreams- POP INC- www.reverbnation.com/popinc), combing 3 continents to find missing members of The KLF (Looking 4 The KLF, also by POP INC), staging an electro-pop-operetta in Manhattan (Lolly Pop-www.cdbaby.com/lollypop) or penning an alternate-reality ballad set in Paris in which David Bowie marries his first love (Hermione) and becomes an art professor instead (Paris In The Rain by TELEPHONE!), I'm always doing something travel-esque. There's always an exotic location (or two or three), there's always a final destination and I'm ALWAYS trying to exceed expectation.
6. What question do interviewers never ask that you wish they would?
Why do you (or people) sing? People always want to know what genre of music you play, or what instrument you play, but rarely ask why you do it.
7.What music is in your heavy rotation right now?
Anything by Curve (especially Doppelgänger); Tears For Fears, P.I.L, U2; the first Lana Del Rey record; Kimbra; Keane, Adam Ant (Antbox is my favorite over-view of his work), Pet Shop Boys (love their new album Electric);tons of local bands (Melismatics, Venus DeMars, Ana Voog, Deceitful Lapwings, anything TC Electropunk, etc.) and of course my sister (Alexandra Govere)'s various recordings!
8. What superpower would you have and why?
Sonic BOOM! See: The Black Canary!