We have the pleasure of chatting with the talented Annie Clark, asking her about her music and her opinion on the modern scene while getting to know her in our unique nerdy way. Here’s our interview with Annie Clark!
Hello, Annie. I’m very happy to chat with you. How are you doing?
Very happy to be here and chatting with you as well! Doing great, so busy lately with a few acting projects and rehearsing for a couple of amazing shows…very very busy but enjoying it!
Great! How would you introduce yourself and your band to our readers learning about you for the first time?
My name is Annie Clark I am the lead singer of the rock band Shotgun Superstars. We are located in Atlanta GA and we cover mostly Swedish rock like Hardcore Superstar, Crashdiet, Crazy Lixx, Santa Cruz, Confess, The Cruel Intentions, Eclipse …etc but we also touch some USA bands like Babylon AD, KIX, SteelDragon/SteelHeart, Cinderella…. among many more.
Lovely! How would you describe your sound to someone who hasn’t heard your music before?
Since we concentrate on covers as of right now and for the ones that haven’t heard these Swedish bands before, I’ll say is like right-on-your-face rock. Great guitars and lyrics, hints of punk, fun fun fun!! So when we start to write our own songs, I think it’s going to be something like that but also mixing every one’s styles. It’s going to be very interesting.
What bands and musicians did you grow up listening to that have affected your approach to creating your own music?
I grew up with ACDC, RATT, Judas Priest, and Ozzy…that was me first mix my brother made for me to listen to… but then I went more into Poison and Glam Rock Metal… and right now, Swedish rock bands are my main thing. When I wrote something in the past, it was a mix of all of these bands.
In order to get to know you better and from a different point of view, how about playing an imagination game? I will set a scenario in an alternate universe with new rules and see how you’d react to the different situations. Ready?
Haha yes! Let’s do it! I’m an actor as well so I gotta use my imagination quite often.
In a universe where you are the queen of a country, what would be the first law you’d make?
Ice cream every day?! Haha hmm, I guess no rules? I don’t know… Hmm, bands can play every day? So basically music/festivals every day.
That’s brilliant! In a universe where humans can choose either to be able to teleport from one place to another or travel back and forth in time, which superpower would you pick?
Both are good options. I guess travel back in forth in time, so you can always go back to that specific year, place, concert, moment you’ve loved to go to… anytime you want and go back to the future and go back to some other time…that would be cool.
In a universe where you’re the Statue of Liberty, what object would you be holding instead of a torch?
A star and a microphone haha
In a universe where money does not exist, but instead, people pay for things by making other people laugh, how rich would you be considered?
I would be pretty rich. I like to make people happy and laugh.
In a universe where the senses of taste and hearing are mixed up together, what food would you imagine your music would taste like?
Main: something with colors and a kick. Dessert: Smooth chocolate whiskey resees
In a universe where a theme song plays whenever you wake up announcing the start of your day, what would your song be?
Come and Get your Love by Redbone. That song always makes me happy and smile.
Thank you for playing, Annie! I hope you enjoyed this!
We live in an era where social media became essential for musicians to reach fans and promote their music. In your opinion, what are the cons and pros of social media having all that power in the music industry?
Absolutely. There should be more fun questions like these!
Internet is great for promoting because you can promote the band anywhere in the world, while you are sitting on your couch. Get into more people’s ears while you are on your desk. Is amazing to have a real in interaction to feel the energy, but the news might spread at a slower pace than going online, create an account or a website and share it everywhere on forums and groups. The cons… the non-in-person talk meeting people like after the show and be there in that same room or venue and people watching videos online instead of going to the venues.
Have you ever faced any kind of sexism in your professional or personal life? How would you deal with sexist behavior and what advice would you give young people around the world who face any kind of discrimination?
Nope, never experience any of that. I do my thing, I’ll be me. Same advice for the young people that’s starting around the world. Be you, be kind, don’t let any comments take you away from your dreams, pursue your dreams.
Great! Thank you for sharing this advice, and thank you for giving us this interview, Annie. Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Thank you for having me!!! This was fun!! Well…I will say that our next show is July 14 we are playing at the RockFest in Wisconsin. Very excited about that!! You can follow me and the band via facebook that’s where we are most active and Instagram. Also follow my Instagram for upcoming movies I am in!!!
Being a feminist has been normalized as an irregularity through our patriarchal society, so I'd rather be called a "decent human" than a "feminist man". I breathe Metal and Rock and have a screwed-up sense of humour.