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What does a "queer video artist" who created a multimedia performance inspired by soap operas listen to? You've probably never wondered that, but Kalup Linzy will tell you in this week's Reverb Questionnaire. And you've probably never wondered what a queer video artist who created a multimedia performance inspired by soap operas even performs like, either, but it's worth checking out. Kalup Linzy will bring his latest work, Conversations Wit de Churen, to the Seattle Art Museum tomorrow night, in what promises to be a both uproarious evening. Before that, he brings conversations about En Vogue, Pure Soul and TLC to Reverb Questionnaire.
Reverb Questionnaire is a list of (mostly) static questions we pose to folks outside the music industry. The questions are all answered via e-mail.
What music have you been listening to today? Did you like it?
I have been listening to Erykah Badu. Particularly, "Kiss Me On My Neck" from 2000's Mama's Gun. Yes I liked it a lot. Didn't realize the album came out 10 years ago.
What's your preferred method for listening to music (iPod, car, home stereo, etc.)?
When was the last time you heard "Stairway to Heaven"? Did you turn it off?
I heard it a couple of weeks ago. I actually have it in my iTunes library and I watched the Pure Soul version on YouTube.
Do you play an instrument?
Do you still listen to anything you were listening to in high school?
Yes. TLC, En Vogue, Whitney Houston, Monica and Tony Terry to name a few.
What was the first band/artist you saw in concert? Would you see them again?
Brandy at Walt Disney World's Grad Night. Yes.
What was the last band/artist you saw in concert? Worth your time?
En Vogue. Yes. It was the third time in the last two years I saw them.
When you sing karaoke, what's your go-to number?
"I Wanna Dance With Somebody"
How do you feel about ABBA?
I don't. Not sure why you asked. I did Google them to look for the connection.
What is the last song you want to hear before you die?
"Spread My Wings" by Troop
Please share a favorite musical moment/story from your past.
Remember when me, my cousins and a friend discovered En Vogue. We decided to do our own rendition of "Part of Me." We would sing walking down the street. In school. I have been obsessed with the group every since. I was in 7th grade.
Last Question: "Conversations wit de Churen" is inspired by TV soap operas. What's the toughest part about making soap operas entertaining and funny (moreso than they already are)?
Getting people to identify and hooked on an ongoing narrative for years. For daytime television, daily. Prime time, a few years. Now with the web, I have been inspired to go back, watch shows I had never seen before. It's amazing, I think, the impact they have had on our culture.