INTERVIEWS BLAIR TEFKIN|
BLAIR TEFKIN TALKS TO ROCKWIRED ABOUT
GROWING UP HOLLYWOOD
HER ONE-WOMAN SHOW
THE HIGHS AND LOWS OF
BY BRIAN LUSH
has written and recorded the official soundtrack to every bad week that
think of. You know the kind of weeks that we’re talking about. The ones
you catch wind of bad news that has to be broken to a stranger, and do
you can to make your inadequacies, adequate enough for that apple of
This is why ROCKWIRED is pouring a glass of red wine and chilling out
BLAIR TEFKIN and her 2001 release SHOCKED AND DEVASTATED.
will remember her as ROBIN MAXWELL from the 1983-84 miniseries V but
knows her best a captivating singer songwriter with a cats purr voice
sound that marries RAVI SHANKAR, KATE BUSH, JULIANNA HATFIELD with
spoke with BLAIR over the phone on a cloudy Thursday afternoon. Here is
How did you
get into music?
was on a date with a guy
in a band and on the night of our date I watched him rehearsing and he
into it and I just had this envy all of a sudden. I’ve always loved
music and I
was jealous the he had this band, so I picked up the bass. It all
of envy really.
doing music. Did the relationship survive?
(laughs) It only lasted
that one date but it was enough to get me into playing music . And it
even about playing in a band or writing songs at first. I just wanted
along to BOB MARLEY.
You formed the band LUCIE GAMELON
and you played LILITH
FAIR back in 1998. How did that happen?
had a development deal
with POLYGRAM PUBLISHING and my publisher had sent out a four song EP
recorded and brought it to the attention of SARAH McLACHLAN’S manager.
wasn’t interested in signing us but liked it enough to suggest that we
LILITH FAIR. So we had three dates on the tour and it was the best!
that whole era of pop music?
really. I actually like
what going on in music now. I miss having a band. Some of the best
music are happening now. I love BRIGHT EYES. They’re the most thrilling
in music for me, right now.
are the differences between LUCIE GAMELON and your
all one piece really,
because I wrote the music, got it all published and found the musicians
the band together around my singing and songwriting. The songwriting
changed but the creative input from people like BRIAN and BERNARD YIN
has an impact.
Do you miss
acting for television at all?
acting and I love
doing music. Its always nice to be doing something creative.
up in the Hollywood area?
where I grew up so
because of that, maybe I’m a little less star struck. I started acted
when I was five and went to school with kids of actors. It was just
us a little about your one-woman show IN THE LAND OF
experience and it was kind of an outgrowth of the band and wanting to
where people could really hear the words and the narrative. I wanted to
something more narrative based and it took me two years to write and
it. It was great. The play was a comic narrative about my life as a
actress in a crazy family and that sort of thing. The production was
my band; my guitarist from LUCIE GAMELON, BERNARD YIN, who is amazing.
KRAMER played drums. It was basically an hour and a half of constant
the narrative with songs in between.
playing out at all these days?
right now. I just
got some PRO-TOOLS software and I’m learning how to record at home, I’m
writing now. I haven’t been performing but I hope to.
AND DEVASTATED was released in 2001. I’m sorry
that the website (rockwired.com) says 2000.
that’s my mistake,
I shouldn’t have put it on the artwork of the CD. It was like the end
and in print I thought 2000 looked better than 2001. By the time I
SHOCKED AND DEVASTATED it was 2001.
you’re learning PRO-TOOLS. Is there a new CD in the works?
I’m just writing.
When I have enough songs, I’ll put together a new CD. I have other
recorded since SHOCKED AND DEVASTATED. I’ve put a couple of free mp3
my website (blairtefkin.com)
SHOCKED AND DEVASTATED is how ROCKWIRED knows you
best, what do you want listeners to walk away with after hearing it?
in their head or a
lyric in their head
What are you
listening to now?
process of writing a song?
As I said
earlier, I love
BRIGHT EYES. I think they’re amazing. I like FIERY FURNACES and THE
It’s kind of all over the board with me.
that old saying?
Something percent inspiration and something percent perspiration… You
expression? Sometimes inspiration comes to you and sometimes you sit
three days. When it’s easy, it’s the greatest high ever and when you
with it, it’s the worst but when you work your way through it, it’s the