Kera and The Lesbians

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Q; How long have you been making music?

A: I’d like to think I’ve been making music my whole life. The first guitar I had was made out of the paddle my parents used to spank me with. One side was for discipline and the other side made of rubber bands. I guess you could say it lead me to have an interesting relationship with music. Sometimes in Sunday school during prayer I would sing Elvis tunes with my own made up lyrics because I had no idea what he was saying. I got my first guitar during Christmas at the age of 7 or 8 and from there I started writing and learning oldies.

Q: What do you take away from music?

A: The spiritual experience. When I am performing and everything clicks in at once its almost as if I’m free. I’m free of fear, anxiety, and doubt. I always loved the impact music has had on people and its healing remedies. It’s the reason I love what I do and aspire to be a professor in Ethnomusicology.

Q: Where do you see yourself career wise in the music world?

A: Who can say really? I hope we continue to be genuine in our efforts to be true to ourselves and the music we create. I only want to see myself getting better and growing as a performer and an artist. I really just want to use my gifts to inspire others to express themselves freely.

Q: Where did you grow up?

A: My dad was a Marine growing up so we had to move every three years. We were very lucky though because the two places we went back and forth to was California and Hawaii. I only spent six years of my life living in Hawaii, but I would say that living there helped in my developmental years. I moved to California for good at the end of ’99, and grew up in San Marcos till I moved to LA in 2012.
 
Q: What inspires you?

A: My best friend Michael Tyrone Delaney II. He is the brilliant artist and creator behind all of our posters and music videos. He is amazing to collaborate with musically and artistically. He is the drummer for the band and I don’t think there is anything he can’t do. He is such a positive reinforcement in my life who is always pushing me to be a better person. I love him dearly for that.

Q: What are some of your limitations/obstacles do you have with your music? How are you overcoming these limitations?

A: Self Doubt, and being my hardest critic. At the end of the day no matter how dark it gets I find my way out of the tunnel. I just have to let my brat side throw a tantrum first. It pushes me to snap out of it.

Q: Are you involved with your community? If so, how?

A: I am slowly discovering my own community at the moment, and have been encountering amazing creatives and kind people. I definitely would like to see myself becoming more involved with Queer community, and help aid in anyway I can with that.

Q: What are some of your major accomplishments you have acquired in you career?

A: I would say that it has been really encouraging to see people we admire and respect enjoying our music and wanting to collaborate. It’s nice to be on the radar of someone who inspired you to create in the fist place. I also feel that the project has been consistently growing and getting better. Our music has refined itself through the years and just keeps evolving.

Q: What is your biggest fear?

A: Heights and bed bugs.

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Q: Whats your favorite thing to do with your time off from life?

A: I feel as if lately I’ve rarely had time to myself. I like staying busy, but when I do have a moment I enjoy spending it with close friends and riding my motorcycle.

Q: If you could perform at any festival or venue, where would that be?

A: Hmmm…the Hollywood Bowl. There are so many festivals I don’t really feel it’s fair to just pick one.

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world where would that be?

A: Spain or Greece

Q: If you could have coffee with one celebrity who would that be? and why?

A: Leslie Nielsen

Q: What trend would you like to set or have set?

A: I don’t care about trends. Be yourself.

Q: Who are your role models?

A: Devendra Banhart and Tammy Sanchez

Q: Have you always felt comfortable on a stage?

A: Absolutely. It’s the only place I’ve really felt myself.

Q: Why do you want to make music?

A: To inspire others to put themselves out there vulnerably including myself, and to follow the one thing that brings you happiness in life. I love performing and I always have.

Q: What do you do to stay fit and healthy?

A: I like to jog the Silverlake Reservoir at least three times a week.

Q: What do you do to stay calm and focused?

A: Just try to remember to breathe. I’ve never really had much of an attention span.

Q: What are you limitations?

A: I have none.

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Photography by Danielle Herzog at The Siderwinders Traven in Denver, CO

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