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Interview with Riot Girl: Beki Bondage From Vice Squad!

Beki Bondage
UK



Photo: Beki Bondage

Beki is the famous singer and guitarist from the  punk band Vice Squad!

Her live performances are legandary and her vocals are killer!

Shes a veterean in the punk scene , and is a big reason so many riotgrrrls have started their bands.

Beki has shown everyone that girls can kick as much ass as boys can , and she is still proving it till this day!

Her style is as punkrock as it gets.  With her colourfull hair and ripped clothes shes a true riotgrrrl 

So heres the interview!

Can you remember when your interest for music started?

Beki: Probably in the womb! I loved music from a very early age and can clearly remember watching ?Top of the pops? whilst strumming my dad?s guitar as it lay in it?s case, I was about 2 years old at the time.

 When/what  did/made you deside to start playing/singing music ?

Beki: I was in a ?band? or rather a singing group, when I was at junior school aged 9 so I was on the road to ruin pretty early! I just adored music, particularly electric guitar based music, so it was a mixture of love for the art and naivety about the music industry that led to me doing it for a living as a teenager.

What made you choose the instruments you play? 

or what made you want to sing in the way/style you do?

Beki: I was fascinated by electric guitars from a very early age, I loved the overdriven sound and the squeal of lead guitar. When I heard singers with similar sounds to their voices, like Little Richard and Tina Turner, I wanted to sing like that, i.e passionately at full throttle.


Photo Beki Bondage

 

How did you learn to play your instrument /sing like you do?

Beki: I think the jury is still out on whether I can play my instrument, as far as guitar is concerned I have hands like feet!!! I?m able to compose songs on guitar which is very useful. I basically learned guitar by getting Paul (VS lead guitarist) to write out the chords for some of our songs and learning the chord shapes.

I could always sing a bit, I was in the choir at junior school and my Dad was a guitarist so I would sing along while he played guitar. I really learned to sing by gigging 3 or 4 nights a week in little pubs and clubs with the Bombshells. We had to do some covers to get gigs and I found I could sing Led Zeppelin, Little Richard etc pretty easily and I developed ?distortion? in my voice. I don?t use it very much for Vice Squad, I tend to keep my voice quite ?clean? for the VS set so the lyrics can be heard.

What does playing music mean to you?

Beki: The world.

Can you remember and describe your very first instrument?

And what it meant to you

Beki: The first instrument you use is your voice, after that the first instrument I learned to play was the Descant Recorder, and I became quite proficient and could play a mean bit of Purcell pretty quickly, ?Baroque and Roll? I guess! I then learned Treble, which is a different fingering, and then progressed to Tenor and Bass. The Bass seemed huge and I remember playing it at the school Christmas concert and my 10 year old fingers could barely reach the notes. Of course the instrument I really wanted to play was the guitar, and my Dad bought me a jumbo acoustic as it was all we could afford at the time, but I struggled to form barre chords on it.


Photo Beki Bondage

 

Are you ever influenced by old records & tapes? 

Beki:  Of course

which band have you played in / Are you  playing in?

Beki:  I play in Vice Squad

I know you have played alot of gigs , does it  ever happen that you  get nervous before a show?

Beki: Yes, I often get nervous several days before a big show and it?s not a pretty sight! We don?t have a manager so I have to do all the day to day running of the band and I get very stressed by it sometimes as it?s hard to be the front person, songwriter, logistics manager,PR person, accountant and lawyer etc.

 What advice would you give to beginners who wants to start a music career?

Beki: Don?t do it! But seriously, have something else as well. I made the big mistake of making music my one and only and it can be very, very difficult to make any kind of living from it.

Have you ever gotten rejected by venues because of the kind of music you play?

Beki: Yes, early VS were banned from every venue in the Bristol area of the UK in the early eighties.

As a girl , have you experienced beeing underestimatet musically?

Beki: Yes, usually by deaf provincial sound engineers and arrogant musicians. The bigger the head the smaller the talent?!!!!


Photo Beki Bondage

 

Is it difficult for  you  to balance your music-career with your personal-life?

Beki: No, even my personal life is musical!!!

Listening to your  recordings ( Vice Squad) , i can hear you have your own  sound  , is this something you have worked hard on to achieve?

Beki: No, it?s something you just develop over the years, and it evolves all the time as your knowledge of the recording process grows and improvements to music technology take place.

What is the best part about playing music?

Beki: Playing music is cathartic, it allows you to express yourself and relieve stress while entertaining other people and making them feel good/inspired/angry.



Thanks to Beki for this interview!

Be sure to check out her band , Vice Squad , here: 

https://www.facebook.com/vicesquaduk

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