Rock the Votes Ambassadors

Featured Rock the Vote Artist

Rockin Playlist
Song Name Artist Album Genre Time
1. (In) Reverse Sister Crayon Bellow Alternative 3:55
2. Anti-Psalm Sister Crayon Bellow Alternative 5:11
3. I'm Still the Same Person Sister Crayon Bellow Alternative 3:44

Sister Sister Crayon

Tell us about your first concert experience:
Terra: My first concert experience was when I was a teenager. I went to a Fiona Apple concert back during her “When The Pawn” tour. I was blown away by the experience quite honestly and still am even today. Her presence and her ability to express emotion was so raw, so natural…there were no light shows, no fireworks, no props…just her and her band and her piano. It was amazing how she didn’t need any excess to put on a stunning performance.

If you couldn’t be a musician, what would you be doing instead?
Terra: I always have a hard time answering this question because quite honestly, I don’t know. I think I would have to still be involved in the music realm in some way…whether it was being a DJ, learning to be an engineer, working at a studio, or involved in the music scene somehow. I have however just started to get more into film and started creating visuals for our live shows…so maybe I would dive deeper into the film aspect.
Nicholas: I don’t know quite honestly. I don’t really think I would know what to do with myself.
Dani: I think I would be in school, getting my degree in music theory possibly. I have always wanted to be a teacher and teach kids about music. Maybe I would be doing that.

If you could collaborate with one artist, living or dead, who would it be and why?
Terra: Jeff Buckley for sure. I think that he was the epitome of everything musically that I would like to look up to. He was such a powerful singer and human being in general. He is my biggest influence for sure.
Dani: I would probably say Sigur Ros because they are brilliant and their sound is so unique and I would love the opportunity to work with them.
Nicholas: I would agree with Dani. To be able to work with Sigur Ros would be pretty amazing and life changing, I’m assuming.

If you became President, what is the first action you would take?
Terra: Wow. That is a good question. Well, there are a few things that I would personally love to see changed (equality for all, marriage for all, ending the war, the budget crisis, creating more jobs for people, etc). There is a lot of work that needs to be done for the U.S. but I just think chipping away at those core issues would be my main focus. I think it would be too much stress for me personally though to be the President so I think Obama is just doing great right now, ha.
Nicholas: I would end the war and bring the troops home.
Dani: I agree with Nicholas. I would want to stop the war first thing. It’s been going on for far too long over there.

What social cause is closest to your heart?
Terra: I think we would all agree that equality for all people (that includes gender, race, ethnicity, social class, etc). Living in California, we have been in the center of the Proposition 8 debate and it’s been intense, sad, and inspiring all at the same time. A few years ago, Dani and I were a part of the rallies that were happening at the Capital every night during the Prop 8 debate. We all feel very strongly about equal rights and the ability for everyone to marry whomever they would like. More so than that, we would just like to see everyone be treated fairly and equally. It’s 2011 and we just feel that there is no excuse for ignorance at this time.

What does the right to vote mean to you?
Nicholas: The right to vote means to me just basically having the right to change your environment and to speak up for what you believe in. I believe it is so important for everyone to get out there and to have their voices and opinions heard.
Terra: I agree. I think it is crucial for everyone to vote not only because we can and should but because people fought so hard throughout history to gain this right and I don’t think any of us should take that for granted, let alone throw it away.

What bands or artists did you listen to when you were in high school? And which bands or artists influenced your style the most?
Nicholas: I listened to a lot of punk and hip-hop in High School. I think that hip-hop and Motown music really influences my drumming…Jay-Z’s drumming on his records, Jackson 5…I love all of that.
Dani: I listened to a lot of classical and Jazz music in High School because of my father. He had it playing around the house all the time. My favorite is Billie Holiday. I think that artists like Jel (off of Anticon Records) really influence me as well as other hip-hop artists because I play the MPC and I’m constantly trying to learn more about the instrument and the style.
Terra: I fell in love with Portishead while I was in high school and still am in love. I listened to a lot of hip-hop and alternative music, I guess you could say in high school as well. I think that arists like Portishead, Bjork, Dose One, Jon Brion, and Jeff Buckley really influence me (when I was starting and still to this day). They kind of showed me that there are so many different ways to learn the craft of what you do.

What activity or group were you involved with in high school that might surprise people today?
Dani: Um, I was in drum line in Freshman year.
Nick: I was on the baseball team in high school.
Terra: I was on the Varsity basketball team for 2 years. I was actually obsessed with basketball for like 8 years.

What's the biggest obstacle that you had to overcome in high school? (could be personal or academic)
Dani: I actually had a hard time with just academics in general but I got through it and graduated and everything.
Nicholas: I had a tough time with self-esteem. I had just lost a lot of weight and was self-conscious about it of course.
Terra: I think I was just trying to find my place in high school, like most kids. I was torn between different avenues that I wanted to pursue in high school…whether it was being on the basketball team, or wanting to pursue music, while also applying to colleges. Just trying to balance it all was a bit of a struggle.

Do you do any volunteer or community work when you're not on tour?
Terra: We try to play as many benefit shows as we can. Just last year we helped host a benefit show for Haiti relief and we were able to sell out the event and make a lot of money for the earthquake relief fund. We also recently played an event for a really great organization called Concerts 4 Charity, which helps bring music programs to schools in the Sacramento area. We would like to dive more into different organizations around the Sacramento area.

What change would you like to see in our society in the next year?
Terra: I think of course, we would like to see some progress within the whole equality realm. That would be amazing and I think a huge step for humankind. I think it would be great to just see a level of tolerance and understanding and education rise above a lot of the ignorance and injustice that still prevails throughout society.

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