Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The other day President Obama* emailed to ask us a very direct, very answerable question: What qualities must one (or one's band) possess to earn them (or themselves) a spot in the Artist of the Week Congregation of Ass Stompers?
*Now, of course, at first we questioned the validity of the email. But after we scanned down to the bottom of the message and saw it was signed "Not Fake Barack Obama," that pretty much wiped away any concerns we had of it coming from a fake Barack Obama.
Our response was simple. To gain admittance into The Congregation you (or your band) must either:
1. Rock tits.
2. Be a band named after one of the members of the band so as to repeatedly inspire that same Who's On First?-ish conversation between people trying to discuss your music.
This week's act, Melissa Savcic, fulfills both requirements. So we linked up with Melissa Savcic, of Melissa Savcic, to discuss issues that relate to being Melissa Savcic in Melissa Savcic, samurai swords and stealing iTunes gift cards.
Rocks Off: So, Melissa Savcic, fill in the blanks about your background a bit for us, will you? We heard that you're an avid collector of samurai swords, and that you were once an extra in a movie that co-starred Jamie Lee Curtis' little brother. Exciting stuff.
Melissa Savcic, "I'm Not That Girl"
Melissa Savcic: You must be confusing me with Jessica Alba, the pale version [laughs]. I'm actually a terrible actress; I suck at my own video blogs. But my singing is a lot better. Samurai swords are not exciting when you're a musician. Exciting was SXSW!
For the ultimate music lover, it was heaven. It was my first year so I took the week off from work, had two shows in Austin and met musicians from everywhere that do music full time. It was really inspiring the whole "being poor but doing what you love" lifestyle.
I'm not sold on the poor part yet; and living in Houston, I would be pretty broke if my income only came from music, but just being there, that great energy, relaxing, drinking during the day, meeting people, getting ready for a show and singing your heart out. Now that's the life.
My background? Well, I'm foreign but legal [laughs]. Lived all my life in Venezuela, where I started to write music at age 15, and moved to Houston three years ago searching for the American dream. Houston has become my home, and it has been wonderful meeting my talented bandmates here (Chris Garver, Craig Nelson and Andre Berry) and trying to make it in this very business-like city. God, where are the hippies?