RECORD RUSH BRAINSTORMING AT GROUNDWORK COFFEE
I pick up Sizzy and Katie on August 29 for Record Rush. I play a few of their tracks and give them notebooks to brainstorm in while we drive to Hollywood as last ditch efforts to study each other’s music before I ask them to jot down guesses for each other’s favorites, guilty pleasures, phases, and comparisons. We caffeinate at Groundwork Coffee across the street from Amoeba and Sizzy and Katie plan what music they’ll grab to represent each category I’ve asked them to fill.
The only rule: Use each other’s music and music videos to guess each other’s favorites, guilty pleasures and phases. Then, compare the other’s music to another artist and give a few recommendations. DON’T (to the best of your ability) use social media.
Inside Katie’s notebook:
// Katie’s guesses for Sizzy’s…
favorites: Kathleen Hanna, Britney Spears, LCD Soundsystem
guilty pleasures: Christina Aguilera
phases: Ramones, The Cramps, Velvet Underground
Katie compares Sizzy to: Charli XCX, Joan Jett
favorites: Dick Dale, Velvet Underground, Blondie
guilty pleasures: Lana Del Rey, Faith Hill
phases: Dixie Chicks, Shania Twain, The Strokes
comparisons: Best Coast
Katie’s recommendations for Sizzy: Kristin Kontrol, The Coathangers, Richard Hell
Inside Sizzy’s notebook
// Sizzy’s guesses for Katie’s…
favorites: The Strokes, Hole, Feist, Bikini Kill
guilty pleasures: Ariana Grande, Ke$ha, Charli XCX
phases: bubblegum pop, Britney Spears
Sizzy compares Katie to: surf rock, Beach House, Girlpool
favorites: The White Stripes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Bright Eyes
guilty pleasures: trap, Lil Pump, Future, Cardi B
phases: emo, My Chemical Romance, pop, Aaron Carter, Backstreet Boys, *N Sync
comparisons: strong women, Joan Jett, Halsey
Sizzy’s recommendations for Katie: Cherry Glazerr, Lucy Dacus, Hinds
AMOEBA MUSIC IN HOLLYWOOD: RECORD RUSHING AND THE REVEAL
After Sizzy and Katie gather their thoughts (and load up on caffeine) we cross the street and meet our photographer, Lisa. Katie and Sizzy scatter into the stacks and Lisa and I grab as many photos as we can. There are no winners, but Katie finishes first. We sequester ourselves amongst pop CDs and begin the reveal.
// GUESSING FAVORITES:
KATIE TO SIZZY
Sizzy Rocket is not your average pop star. Yes, she loves glitter and had pink hair, but she can more often than not be seen in an oversized Ramones tee. She’s a modern-day, femme Sid Vicious with glitter-adorned eyelids and cherry-red lips (Nancy included). She leads the charge for the “royalty of the punks and the let downs.”
Katie: “Britney Spears, Garbage, and Blondie as favorites.”
Sizzy: “Yeah. I would say Blondie, definitely; one hundred percent accurate. Shirley Manson: yes, obviously. I feel like I’m guilty of not listening to a lot of Garbage but, obviously, [Shirley Manson is] the icon for rock women.”
SIZZY TO KATIE
The night I met Katie she revealed to me Bethany Cosentino [of Best Coast]’s music helped push her towards creating and fronting Kilo Tango. Sizzy doesn’t mention Best Coast as a favorite or comparison, but she latches onto something by writing “surf rock” in her notebook.
Sizzy: “For your favorites, I did Hole.”
Sizzy: “I feel like if you’re an indie rock woman, you have to listen to Hole.”
Katie agrees to that as well.
Sizzy: “And then Bikini Kill. But maybe that was just me, like, projecting onto you. I don’t know.”
Sizzy is a massive Kathleen Hanna fan; the track “Girls to the Front” off her mixtape Hot Summer is her tip of the hat to the Bikini Kill frontwoman.
Katie: “I haven’t listened to them that much but they’re definitely an inspiration.”
Sizzy: “And then The Strokes.”
In Katie’s notebook she noted going through a Strokes phase, so Sizzy‘s not wrong. But, Sizzy has something to get something off her chest.
Sizzy: “Because I cheated and The Strokes came on in Groundwork and I was like, ‘Oh, my god, that’s a good one!’ And [Katie] was like, ‘I love The Strokes!’ ”
Katie: “I really do. That’s actually my favorite album [Is This It], too.“