Tuesday, October 30, 2012

A lil' Q&A ~ Susanna Hoffs

It's not everyday an album, combining the sounds of 1960's simplicity with 2012 sophistication, delivers authentic, feel-good vibes. However, with the debut of Susanna Hoffs' long over-due newest discography addition- Someday, this is the case. We chatted with the honey-voiced songbird, and Bangles member, to get a backstage look at what goes on behind the melody.

The Triple Door: What was the first album you purchased? Do you still have it?
Susanna Hoffs: Deja Vu, Sweet Baby James, Let it Be and Tapestry. Yes.

TD: When you're not playing music, what are you doing?
SH: Working on my tweeting skills and watching Mad Men.

TD: What was the first song you ever learned?
SH: "Hang Down Your Head, Tom Dooley" was the first song I learned on guitar.

TD: If you could play with any musician, from the past, present or future, who would it be?
SH: George Harrison

TD: Name your biggest guilty pleasure, musically?
SH: "Jive Talkin'" by the Bee Gees

TD: What was the best concert you ever attended?
SH: Patti Smith at Winterland in 1978

TD: If you could perform in any city in the world, where would you?
SH: Here, there, and everywhere

TD: What's your most embarrassing on stage experience?
SH: On one of the Bangles first tours of Europe, we played a hot, sweaty packed club in Hamburg. I got carried away by the excitement of it all, and did a crazy rock move, crashing head first into Vicki's guitar. Stunned and bleeding, I stumbled off the stage mid-song.

TD: What inspires you to play music?
SH: I love music. Always have, always will.

TD: Who is your musician crush?
SH: The Beatles

TD: Describe your sound in three words:
SH: Baroque garage pop

See Susanna Hoffs on November 18, at 7:30, on The Triple Door Mainstage. Purchase tickets here>>

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Third Dimension ::: Marianne Maksirisombat

Seattle artist, Marianne Maksirisombat, believes in bold, rich color and this is demonstrated in her work. Marianne captures the essence of color, as an independent form instead of an attribute of another object, through three dimensional canvases. The Triple Door chatted with Marianne Maksirisombat to gain insight into her artistic mind.

The Triple Door: Where do you find inspiration for your art?
Marianne Maksirisombat: I travel a lot. The colors, and forms, of earth I have experienced directly affect my art product. The three dimensional canvas is usually a reflection of hills and valleys I have seen, presented in an abstract way and paired with the colors of the region I have been to.

TD: If you could have dinner with any visual artist, living or dead, who would it be? What would you ask him/her?
MM: A visual artist I admire, but whom was also an architectural genius, is Antonio Gaui. I would ask him how he communicated nature so well with so little, as well as how he approached creating load bearing structure with organic lines and no right angles. That is my goal, and he did a magnificent job with it.

TD: Describe your work in three words:
MM: Color, Form and Flow

TD: What is your favorite historical artistic movement?
MM: Art Nouveau

TD: What are some of your other artistic outlets?
MM: I play the violin, guitar and piano, but have also done trash fashion runway shows and I currently have been doing album covers for local bands.

TD: Who do you listen to while you create?
MM: I am greatly influence by music. I am voracious for it. If you are on spotify.. check out my mix grittie indie and you will see exactly what kind of music I listen to while I create. Some favorites are The Black Angels, Led Zeppelin, Black rebel Motorcycle Club, WU LYF and Brian Jonestown Massacre.

TD: What is your favorite color?
MM: Anything deep and rich

TD: Describe Seattle's art scene in three words:MM: Lively, current, and graphic-focused

Marianne Maksirisombat's Third Dimension exhibition will be in the Musicquarium for the month of November with an opening party on November 1 from 5-8pm. RSVP on Facebook here>>