An Interview With The Selectrics Vocalist Gina Marie Camp

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Gina Marie Camp is the lead vocalist for the band The Selectrics which features her husband, Greg Camp on guitar. She also stars in the film The Old Brown Shoe. Here is a link to her website:

http://www.ginamariecamp.com/

 

Q: Who is in The Selectrics?

A: The Selectrics are a band comprised of Greg Camp guitarist/vocals, co-founder of Smash Mouth, and Gina Marie vocals, singer and actor. We’re from California, but currently reside in New York City. As for some of the other players in the band; In NY, the bass player we love is Angelina Moysov. She’s the singer and keyboardist from Persephonee’s Bees. And on drums we love Tom Ayres the guitarist from Persephonees Bee’s. We also like Jacob Cohen to come hit things with us when he’s not working the Broadway scene.

Q:  Who are some of the bands influences?

A: We’re influenced by wine. Oh, you said WHO, not what. Well, Nancy Sinatra, April March, Serge Gainsbourg, Brigitte Bordot, The Ronettes, The Cramps, and James Bond. Greg likes Rollergirl.

Q:  What do you like about the 60’s?

A: The mod fashion, the music, the films, the television programs, the iconic people of that time. Not to mention the cars. We just watched Bullitt last night, and those cars were built so tough, and so beautifully. It’s a shame we don’t make them like that anymore.

 

Q:  What is The Old Brown Shoe about?

A: It’s about a shoe that comes to life, what else? 🙂 The dark comedy has a sort of Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along-Blog vibe. There is an contraption that brings a shoe to life and it’s terrorizing them. I’m excited to see the Stop Motion effects.

Q:  What role do you play in the film?

A: I play Joan. I’m married to the man who purchased the invention from the crazy Doc Labrynth. The shoe is running around loose in my home.

Q:  What is your weirdest show biz story?

A:  I’d have to say the time one of Greg’s fans walked up to me at the airport… I think it was Buffalo and we were coming in from Canada. Anyway, she asked me if I was his girlfriend. When I told her that I was she said “You know a lot of girls have crushes on him; they probably wanna stab you.” Then she did that psycho knife stabbing motion thing up in the air. I typically rush thru airports but that day we rushed with a whole new purpose. Greg has way better stories then I do. He’s the one that lived on the road for a few years.

Q:  Are looks or talent more important in the music business?

A: Talent is so beautiful. You can see a pretty face in a music video and still think, “this song stinks”. But you can’t deny the beauty of a talented human being. I’m lucky because Greg happens to be pleasing to the human eye all on his own. However, when he’s putting pen to paper and writing a song, or strumming that acoustic guitar, he is, by far, the sexiest man alive. My heart still skips a beat. He played a show in Brooklyn this last weekend; I was excited to see him up there sharing the stage with Nora Jones – but honestly I watched him like a groupie in heat. Yes, I said that.

Q:  What is the best thing about the music industry these days?

A: I like how diverse the industry is. A smaller artist can still be able to put out their music and be heard with the work of social media. That didn’t exist 10 years ago.

Q:  What is the most frustrating thing about the industry?

A: I wish that people still purchased entire albums. People put out singles and EP’s and albums are history. It’s also kinda sad to turn on the radio these days. I’m not impressed with much i hear. Electronic music is something that’s fun, but more and more we hear less real instruments. I had a conversation with a guy at Sundance; he was 23 years old. He argued that real instruments were not needed anymore. He didn’t even bat an eye about what that meant for art & music. His version of art is all computerized. Not that The Selectrics doesn’t use ProTools, or Logic to produce but to think that this guy thinks that fake instruments is better then the real thing… that was so sad to me. It’s cheaper, but I can definitely tell the difference.

Q:  You are a bi costal actor. If you could only live and work in Los Angeles or New York, which city would you pick and why?

A: Ooo, that’s a hard one. I love each place for such different reasons. The creative atmosphere of the streets of New York are so stimulating and charged. Simple things like taking the subway inspires me. But then being able to enjoy the beach year round in California can also help de-compress and relax. Honestly, I don’t think I ever want to have to pick just one. I’d pick California from November to February and New York from March to October.

 

 

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)

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