Q and A with The WickedMay 28, 2013
The Wicked is based out of Boston, MA. The band is solely Janele Mystique on piano and vocals. With a firm grasp on making haunting tunes Janele is looking forward to what comes next for The Wicked.
BS: You have an interesting style to your music, how would you describe it?
TW: That’s where I usually get stuck; I never know how to correctly describe it. Neither can anyone else. They always go to me for the answer, and I come up with stories, like “I don’t know, maybe Beetlejuice meets the love of his life but she’s just not dead enough so he keeps possessing her.” Otherwise, it doesn’t matter to me to put a label on my sound as long as it’s being heard.
BS: What do you think has been the biggest influence on your music?
TW: Kind of a variation of different things. Mostly just a bunch of media put together. Lots of Tim Burton movies, because of Danny Elfman and just all the imagery that Tim Burton portrays. Also Willy Wonka and other Roald Dahl books, and books that have become movies. Also just being a weird girl my whole life has helped influence my music. Otherwise I don’t know where else I get these lyrics.
BS: Besides that what bands have influenced you musically?
TW: Oh boy… Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson, Gwen Stefani and No Doubt, Lady Gaga, Queen, Radiohead, and Coldplay…. I could go on for days.
BS: You released a cover “The Wicked Before Christmas” last year, what made you want to do the cover from Nightmare before Christmas? What was the response like for it?
TW: I mean when you’re in a band called The Wicked, October pretty much automatically becomes your month of the year because it’s Halloween, right? Also just being obsessed with Tim Burton my entire life, and being able to incorporate that into my music is fun. Some bands cover a Christmas song for the holidays; I cover a spooky song for Halloween. The response was really cool! I’m glad people appreciated it. The way it was arranged, the way it was sung, and the fact that I added my own lyrics.
BS: Earlier in the year you released your album Never Trust The Dead, what was making that album like for you?
TW: So much fun, really. It was recorded with Mike Abiuso at SwitchBitch Records, and I just knew it would work out because he truly grasps what it is that we (at the time) wanted the album to sound like. It was also just a great experience that will definitely help me grow as an artist.
BS: Now that it has been almost a year later, is there anything you would change about the album or add to it if you could, and why?
TW: The other member of The Wicked, Nick, left the band quickly after the album had been released. Knowing what I know now, I wish I added a lot more elements of what I personally wanted certain things to sound like, but I’m still really happy with how it turned out. I looked forward to doing more with it, but it’s hard when half of your band is gone.
BS: What song are you the most proud of that you have done, and why?
TW: Definitely “Elevator”. People really seem to get it stuck in their head. It’s been my most popular song, and the song people remember. I personally wrote the entire song myself, so it makes me proud to know I’ve created sort of my own type of hit.
BS: When can fans expect to hear new music from you?
TW: Hopefully in a few months. I’m working on new things. Writing a lot of what I feel and doing things a little differently.
BS: What are you most excited to share with your fans in the near future?
TW: It feels really good that I am doing this 100% myself. When it comes down to it, I’m a solo artist at heart. I can’t wait to just completely express myself alone.
BS: Anything else you would like to share with your fans?
TW: Just, as always, your support is all I will ever need to keep making music. I’m just happy to be sharing it with people who can relate to it and feel something. That’s what it’s all about, and I can’t thank my supporters enough.