Prima Queen

South East London

Tuesday 13th August 2019

Name, where are you from?
Louise (Bristol, UK) and Kristin (Chicago, USA). We both live in South East London now.

Describe your style (dress sense) in three words?
Matching block colours.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
Phoebe Bridgers at the Great Escape - we’re really big fans of her songwriting and were really excited to see her perform but we got to the show too late and they weren’t letting anyone in. We had to wait in a massive queue outside and spent ages trying to sneak through the fence to get in through the back door. By the time we finally got inside she was playing her last song. At that point, we felt like we worked so hard to get inside (i.e. the fence/security guards/people in the queue) it made the whole thing even more magical.

If you could be on the line up with any two artists in history?
Fleetwood Mac and Abba.

Which subcultures have influenced you?
We’re based in South East London and are a part of a really inclusive and exciting art/music community there. We’re also part of a collective called People’s Front Room which travels around to different UK festivals. Both of these communities have inspired us to collaborate with different musicians and experiment with instrumentation (sax, trumpet, cello, synths, etc). Depending on the gig we mix up the musicians playing on our set which is really exciting for us because we can have different versions of the songs. This is something we know is more common in jazz communities but not as popular in indie rock circles.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
We’d love to have a guitar lesson from Emily Remler, an amazing female jazz/bossa nova guitarist from the '80s.

Of all the venues you’ve been to or played, which is your favourite?
We love The Windmill, Brixton - the sound, Tim Perry and the dog who lives on the roof.

Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music?
Sister Rosetta Tharpe - her singing and guitar playing influenced Chuck Berry and Elvis but not everyone seems to know that.

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