An Interview with Bree Sharp

Bree Sharp is a twenty-something female rock singer from NYC via Philadelphia PA. After pursuing a career in acting, she decided to go the route of musician. A familiar voice in the local NYC watering holes, Bree submitted a demo to Trauma records (known for the acts Bush and The Flys). The record company liked what they heard and picked her up. With a quasi-stalker song for X-Files star David Duchovny, Bree Sharp’s cry for star struck love filled the radio airwaves. A song which the star himself had reportedly heard and liked. The song even became an underground Hollywood star filled video. On July 27 her debut album A Cheap and Evil Girl was released. With radio tours and a few spots on the Lilith Fair she has been exposing her heart and soul across the country. During her busy schedule she found time to talk to Music.com. With a phone voice worthy of $1.99 a minute she discussed her first record, touring and her back-up band with Music.com’s Brian Parks.

Brian
How does it feel to have your first album out there?

Bree
Oh it’s amazing, It’s a pretty big rush, I go into the store everyday, around my neighborhood and check to see if it is there, and count them and see how they are moving, its like my little pet.

Brian
Cool! How are they moving?

Bree
They are moving. I love when I go in and there’s less than the day before, it’s very exciting.

Brian

Did you think your single “David Duchovny” would garnish as much attention as it did?

Bree
I did and I didn’t, I Guess I thought that it might at times and at other times I thought it would get almost no attention I thought oh ‘who the hell would care.’ But I never really imagined even in my fantasies that it would sort of take on a life that it has.

Brian
How did Trauma(records) find you?

Bree
We found them, we sent them a tape. We were fortunate enough to click right away. Everything seemed really, really right with them. We all wanted the same thing, we all shared the same vision and they are an amazing label…love all the people over there. They are very good at what they do and very talented and interested and it just great and it’s a good marriage.

Brian
Any offers to meet Duchovny yet?

Bree
Not yet, are you offering to hook me up?

Brian
Uh no.

Brian
What was it like when you heard your single on the radio for the first time?

Bree
Oh my God! Well I only heard it once. It was amazing, I have lived in NY for the past six years and as young as I am I am still kind of jaded, you know a little jaded. And all of my friends are old NYers and I’m just at that phase, generally and didn’t expect to be moved when I heard it. Lord knows I’ve heard it a so many times and what’s the difference hearing it on the radio. Not only was I moved I was really, really, really moved I was just shocked and I was so surprised that I was reacting that way but it was so exciting Brian it was really, really cool. We were actually driving to a radio station to play and we were in Minnesota, The new Red Hot Chili Peppers’ song was on and it ended then all of a sudden my song was on. It was on the radio and I couldn’t believe it! I was like oh my god it just came on like a real song and after it was over a Smashing Pumpkins song came on and Oh my god Red Hot Chili Peppers then me then Smashing Pumpkins. It’s not bad company to be in so it was exciting.

Brian
How did it take for you to come up with the material for this album?

Bree
About a year.

Brian
Did you write the songs to write songs or are you inspired to write?

Bree
I don’t really know. I really haven’t figured how to write a song just to write a song. I’ve tried because lord knows my manager is like write songs. But it is very difficult to sit down and say OK I’m gonna write a song and it’s going to sound really inspired and great. It just isn’t going to work. You sort of have to wait for the inspiration to hit you and luckily it hit me 11 times, at least 11 times enough to sort of make the album

Brian
Are the songs autobiographical or more of a third person observation of what you see around you?

Bree
It a big mixture. Certainly all the songs on the record have something to do with me. Some of them are more directly related to me and some are my fantasies. Some are what I see.. But at the end of the day it is what I see and not what some one else sees. They all have something to do with me.

Brian
Are you going to release another single soon?

Bree
I don’t know when. I don’t know how that stuff works I leave that up to the business guys. But I hope we get to a second single.

Brian
What would you like to see released?

Bree
I don’t know. I’m sort of hoping that the public will kind of decide. But it will be more clearer the more the album is heard and through shows and stuff. Certainly “Walk Away,” “America,” “Not your girl.” Those are all contenders

Brian
When can we see you out live?

Bree
Well I’m just starting, I have my first full band show in West Palm Beach a radio show outside I’m completely excited about that. I’ve been in rehearsals. And I have the best band, I love my band, I have a boy band. The other night in rehearsal I’m like I have a boy band you guys are boys and I’m a girl. And they are so handsome like every guy in my band is totally cute and are really good musicians. So it’s like a dream. If you’re a girl who likes boys. It’s really fun and I have some Lilith fair dates. It’s on the acoustic stage

Brian
What kind of music are you listening to now?

Bree
Well there is not a lot of new music that peaks my interest. I just saw the Paul Simon/Bob Dylan concert. Oh my god it was amazing.
Did you see it?

Brian
No

Bree
Well I’m a huge, huge Dylan fan. He’s my number one guy and also Elvis Costello. I listen to a lot of those guys. I love those guys. I’m a huge Patti Smith, Patty Griffin fan. I don’t get tired of them I have (like) the other people like Paul Simon and Tom Petty, Stevie Nicks and Joni Mitchell, Tori Amos Sinead O’Connor and the Police.

Not a lot of new stuff that I love so much. I think that Gomez new CD is really excellent. The guy has an amazing voice. It’s really good music. That’s like the only thing I know of new that I like.

Brian
You started out wanting to be an actor. Do you think you are still going to act?

Bree
Yeah I think I will get back to that, I do, I think. I can’t say when, I think this is going to take up a couple of years if I’m lucky, at least without a break to really work on anything. I want to make a career for myself and I’m happy to get into music but you know how the market is so fickle. I’m sure there will be times in my career where I will have time to get into acting in between albums and stuff.

Brian
What type of acting would you like to do?

Bree
I love comedy, if I had my choice, I don’t know what they would cast me in.

Brian
What are some favorite comedies?

Bree
I thought Rushmore was great, I think both Austin Powers are better movies I have seen. It’s hard, comedy I think is the hardest of all the types of acting

Brian
Do you consider yourself a “Cheap and Evil Girl” or a “Guttermouth”?

Bree
Oh well the whole thing that’s really great about music and putting out an album is that I don’t have to be one person. I think it’s clear on the record that there are a lot of different sides of me. I’ve definitely been known to be a Guttermouth certainly walking in the streets of NY. That’s sort of where that song is inspired from. “The Cheap and Evil Girl” came from, was inspired from, the pulp fiction novels of the Fifties and Sixties, so but there is something in those stories that sort of spoke to me a little bit. So I can’t really quantify of how much a cheap and evil girl I am, but enough to spark something in me that I recognized

Brian
The many faces in music, is that related to your acting.

Bree
Yeah, You get to put on different masks in both mediums. But the difference is that you have a bit more control over it in music. Its not someone else’s direction or words, its your words and your music and your vocal stylings etc. So in that sense the mask are a little closer to home or a little more transparent.

Brian
Do you like the traveling?

Bree
Sometimes I like it and sometimes I don’t.

I tend to not like it when we are being rushed. I did a promo tour for two weeks and I did a different city every day for about two weeks and it was very tiring because, its…like Groundhog Day (the movie) where you’re just living the same day over and over and nothing changes but you are in a different city but you cant tell…all I saw was airport, hotel, the radio station and like a retailer or distributor. And back to the airport and land in another airport and do it all over again. And that was kind of tiring but I think it helped a lot and it was a very good experience. When we travel and we can spend a day or two there and actually breathe and not be whisked away then it’s a little more enjoyable. Certainly now that I’ll be travelling with my band…that will be more fun because I’ll be with four boys.

Brian
Anything Bizarre happen in you travels?
Any stalkers?

Bree

No, It’s weird I haven’t had any time (to notice). There’s probably a lot of bizarre things that happened but I just didn’t notice them.

Then Bree recalled a story that came out of Atlanta. On her last day of a promo tour she found herself in a questionable hotel. And upon entering her room exhausted, Bree found her current neighbor whistling the theme From the X-Files. Tired she started to conjure up all types of scenarios involving stalkers and suspense films. Paranoid to a point where she had escape routes planned in the event of a confrontation. After an eventless night, Bree was warming up for a show and the same neighbor began to mimic her. But never did get to see who was behind the wall. And with that the interview was over, but expect more tales from this musician as her new career embarks on a spectacular journey called rock and roll.