FEATURED BAND: ADDICTED2FICTION
is an all-girl industrial electro-pop band from Brooklyn, NY.
As such, they are a combination I have never experienced. I can't
think of one other band that manages to do what they do -- and certainly
not with the style they've got oozing out of their pores. Imagine
Depeche Mode crossed with Thrill Kill Kult, plus some Jane's Addiction
and Nitzer Ebb for good measure -- all coming out of the minds of
three sexy ladies. Sounds like an amazing combination, if you ask
How did the band get together?
Aisha: Heather and I played together in Crowns on 45 and Redhot Secret.
We enjoyed playing together so much, and shared so much in common
both musically and personally, that we decided to start a side project.
The side project has evolved into the main project now. We were lucky
to find Liz, too. She shares our same ideas and passions about making
Heather: At first we were just going to use sequenced drums. We played
one show with this setup. After that show, we realized live drums
would add some oomph and diversity to our recordings/performances.
We love that raw energy on stage! We found Liz after deciding this
and it all just came together. Lucky for us, Liz also plays keyboard,
sings and is extremely easy to get along with.
What inspired you to learn your particular instrument?
A: I've been in every music class I could take since fourth grade.
I also took private guitar lessons for about four years. I was asked
to fill in on bass for a friend's band, and I've been playing bass
ever since. All of the electronic instruments I play now are more
H: Well, I play guitar, keyboard, sing, write some of the sequenced
beats and use a sampler in this band. I guess my main instrument would
be the guitar since that has been the instrument of choice in all
the bands i've played in til now. I would have to say Guns n' Roses
inspired me to play guitar back in the 8th grade or so. it was all
about 'Sweet Child of Mine.' My grandmother bought me a red and black
cheap brand guitar, and I took lessons for about a year. I lost interest
in the guitar for awhile and then finally picked it up again after
high school. As far as the keyboard goes,…this is the first band I've
used one in, and I love it! I crave the sounds of a synth. The piano
is actually my first instrument. I played when I was very young for
about 6 or 7 years...so it's about time I utilized these skills...heheh.
Liz: Drumming is as closing to dancing as I can get while playing
an actual instrument.
Can you tell me a little about your musical influences?
A: I come from a background of stuff like the Stones, the Beatles;
more recently, Guns 'n Roses and most of all, Jane's Addiction. That
was my earliest set of influences. As years passed, I became more
interested in stuff like Nine Inch Nails and Massive Attack. Right
now, Massive Attack is holding the dearest spot in my heart influentially.
H: There are so many. For this band I would have to say: Depeche Mode,
Thrill Kill Kult, Ministry, The Smiths, Nitzer Ebb, Fischerspooner,
Nine Inch Nails, Final Cut, KMFDM, Siouxsie, Meat Beat Manifesto..the
list goes on.
L: Mitch Michell (Jimi Hendrix' drummer) is an influence because he
was one of the first people to marry smooth grooviness with heavy
rock. And Katrin from The Ex blows me away; she's a cool drummer-mother
with excellent syncopated rhythms.
Who or what inspires you the most?
A: I have to say that, overall, Jane's Addiction inspired me to do
what I do and have been doing for the last 12 years... Eric Avery
basically taught me to play bass (whether he'll ever know it or not!).
Now that Heather is in my life, I get inspired on a daily basis. She
energizes my musical thinking more than anyone has so far.
H: My girlfriend(Aisha), everyday experiences and learning more and
more about the ins and outs of utilizing electronic music.
L: The Slits inspire me by their sheer originality and fearlessness.
The Minutemen inspire me because they are political punk rockers who
can be articulate and funny all at the same time.
* SUMMER *
is your favorite part about being in a band?
A: My favorite part about being in a band is having a release in the
only way I know how. It's beautiful and religious and very unique
H: The adrenaline rush you get from performing and writing with people
that get you.
L: Collaborating with other people; the whole checks and balances
system. Having other people, whom you trust, editing your work usually
makes your work better. And vice versa. I don't like creating in a
Your least favorite?
A: My least favorite part would obviously have to be loading in/out
L: Other people -- just kidding! Booking shows is sometimes harder
than it should be.
Tell me about your gear -- can you give me a list Of what you've
A: This will be a long list! but here goes: -mac g3 ibook laptop (for
-mac g4 desktop (reason/protools)
-korg kaoss pad (for vocal effects and cool-ass stuff)
-roland mididrum (for drum flavor)
-behringer 10 channel mixing console
-galaxy audio powered monitors
-peavey mark IV bass amp
-mesa boogie 15" bass cab (the best cabs for bass, very durable, even
with MEGA distortion)
-fender 1976 jazz bass
-fender 1972 mustang bass
-electro-harmonix memoryman, bass microsynth pedals
-tech 21 bass DI, comptortion pedals
-boss ce-2 chorus pedal
-jim dunlop volume pedal
-shure sm-58 mic
...I think that's it right now, for our live stuff, anyway.
-gretsch duo jet 6128
-standard fender telecaster
-boss heavy medal
-ibanez tube screamer
...These are what i'm using at the moment live.
-korg kaoss pad kp-2
-boss sp202 sampler
-fender hot rod deluxe amp
-shure sm-58 mic.
L: Ludwig Standard yellow tiger-stripe kit with miscellaneous bastard
hardware, Radial DI, Audix OM-2 Dynamic Mic, Roland XP-10 Synth running
through Rat Distortion and Akai Head Rush Delay pedals.
What was the first real piece of electronic gear you purchased?
A: My first piece of electronic equipment was a Roland TB-303 unit
(I saw it on a Massive Attack album cover and HAD to have it based
on that!). The last piece of electronic equipment I purchased was
the Boss ME-5b.
H: The first piece of gear I ever purchased: I got these electronic
toy-like drum sticks in the 80's that you could play in the air called
'hit stix.' Shortly thereafter, my parents bought me a Casio keyboard,
and I still have it. Last piece of gear purchased (so far): Korg micro-synth.
L: A Roland Juno 106 that my parents bought me while I was in
high school. [As for the last] is the Moogerfooger ring modulator
considered a piece of electronic gear?
What's your favorite? Your least favorite?
A: My favorite piece of gear would have to be the electro-harmonix
bass microsynthesizer. It just rocks. My least favorite piece of gear
is the Boss ME-5b, but only because it serves limited functions for
me and it is a huge pedal. If and when I can find a smaller replacement
H: Right now my favorite would have to be the synth.
L: My favorite is my Rat pedal. I don't have a least favorite piece.
I just think that the amount of gear that we have can be overwhelming
sometimes, but we USE it all.
A: I just want to keep progressing at beatmaking and protoools/reason
editing. and i can't wait to finish the album a2f is working on! we're
doing it ourselves.
H: To be able to support myself financially through music and not
have to take jobs I don't like to make rent.
L: Touring, recording, releasing albums to critical acclaim. My dreams
Any parting words?
A: Any parting words? I love my dog!
H: Rockerchick is a great resource for female musicians. It is really
important that sites like this one and others exist!