Interview: 'Vicky Starr' (vocalist) For SIGNAL 13… Talks About The Band and What is New…
Signal 13 is a contemporary rock band that is paying homage to the classic rock sound – and are readying their latest release, the 5-song EP, ‘Destination Unknown.’ It was set to be released Friday, April 17th. The EP is available for pre-order, with pre-order packs including a signed physical compact disc, exclusive limited t-shirt, guitar picks, keychains, pins, and more! Preorders will be available the last week of March through the band’s website: https://signal13band.com/
Formed in Baltimore, the band is led by front-woman, Vicky Starr and joined by guitarists Johnathan Lassiter and Chris Starr, bassist Patrick Jenkins, and drummer Johnny Sexx. We sat together and jammed writing different pieces of music on the release,” explains Vicky. “When we write together, I think of it as a ‘musical fusion’ the way we pull it together. When we recorded ‘Karma,’ I acted more like a conductor without a baton. I would stop everyone, rearrange, and then have them start again. I forgot that we had live mics on the drums and I was dancing around and singing along with the song. Sometimes the excitement is overwhelming and hard to contain.”
Vicky Starr was nice enough to answer a few questions for us to get to know a little more about the band and what is new….
Tell us a little bit about the band and how long you have been together for some of our readers that may not know about the band?
Vicky Starr: The band was formed in the Spring of 2017. We originally started as a cover project in the MidAtlantic area. Once we found musicians who had the find the right chemistry to accomplish our primary goal, we transitioned to an original project.
What got you into music and what keeps you going night after night playing?
VS: My parents listened to the Beatles and the Monkeys, which led to me to listening to them and I loved it. Then I began listening and learning music as a small child. My parents believed that if you learned music in some way it would help you in school.
What keeps me going.
VS: The fans! When people come out and say how much they like our sound, or they’re dancing, it keeps me motivated. That’s led to fans getting 2 additional friends the next show and so on. The music we do, means as much to them as it does us. That’s motivation!
So, what is new with the band? New Album out? New Videos?
VS: On April 17th, we released our first song, “Dirty” digitally with a video. We have an 5-song EP available through our website, wwwsignal13band.com, entitled, ‘Destination Unknown’.
If you didn’t become a musician, what would you be doing right now?
VS: I am a nurse clinical specialist and work to help people every day with rare diseases. Week nights and weekends I’m a musician at night and weekends.
What is the weirdest or funniest question you have ever been asked?
VS: We were playing a festival last summer on one of the roadies for another band asked me, “Did you know you were a girl?”
If you can have your fans remember you for one thing, what would that be?
On a scale of one to 2593, How good is your new single compared to your last single? (my attempt at humor, but please still answer)
VS: This is our first single, so we don’t have anything to compare it to. I think we need to let the public be the judge of track. We’re just proud to be a part of this process. Hopefully people will continue to react to our music as we release more tracks in the upcoming weeks.
What do you feel is the best song you have released to date and why?
VS: This is our first song released digitally. We loved the groove of the song and an infectious chorus. We do have all 5 songs from our EP available on physical CD.
Do you think you can get any better as a musician/singer? And if so, how would you achieve that?
VS: As band, you can always get better at your craft. Practicing music scales and songs daily helps you get better. We challenge each other in performance, writing and musicianship. I, in particular, have a vocal coach to help me expand my vocal capabilities and tell me when I am flat or sharp. He is very tough, and I do vocal exercises twice a day to make improvements.
If you could give your fans one random fact about you that you think they should (or should “not” know) about you what would that be?
VS: We started as a cover project. We took all of the money we made and invested that in equipment, a truck, a trailer, and built a studio. That’s what we used to launch this project.
You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?
VS: We would be a Glitter ‘Sparkle’ crayon. We love shiny, sparkly things and our music makes us feel that way. I hope it makes our fans feel that way as well.
Who are you inspired by?
VS: We are all inspired by other musicians. Here is the list:
Pat “The Viking” Jenkins (Bass): Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big/ Winery Dogs), John Deacon (Queen), Tim Commerford (Rage Against the Machine)
Jon Lassister (Lead Guitar): Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin), Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Joe Perry (Aerosmith)
Chris Starr (Rhythm Guitar): Malcom Young (AC/DC), Keith Richards (Rolling Stones), Izzy Stradlin (Guns N’ Roses)
Johnny Sexx (Drummer): John Bonham (Led Zeppelin), Alex Van Halen (Van Halen) Phil Collins (Genesis)
Vicky Starr (Lead Vocalist): Bon Scott (AC/DC), Axl Rose (Guns N’ Roses), Steve Whiteman (Kix), StevenTyler (Aerosmith)
What’s an average day like for you?
VS: Work all week during the day, and rehearse as a band 2-3 nights per week. The other nights are dedicated to writing, recording and rehearsing individually. Most weekends we have gigs. On the days we do not have shows, we are usually writing and working on new songs at the studio. We spend a lot of time together…it’s a good think that we like each other.
Please discuss how you interact with and respond to fans?
VS: Before a show, we load in, set gear, warm-up, and sound check. Once the doors open, we like to get out and say ‘hello’ and take a few pictures before the show. When the show begins, if the venue allows, we like to go into the crowd and play guitars/basses and sing from the audience. I love getting out in the audience and sing and dance with the crowd. After the show, we go out and take pictures, and talk with as many people as we can.