LOS ANGELES, May 8, 2013 — Stacey Dee has worked with many artists in her career. She is currently playing with her bands Bad Cop/Bad Cop and Knives and Gasoline. Stacey took some time to speak with me in a cemetery about Park Royal, touring and what she is planning on doing in the coming year.
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KW: Can you tell me a little bit more about Park Royal?
SD: Park Royal was with Lee Erinmez and Loz Wong. They were in Snuff with Duncan [Redmonds]. They are amazing musicians. I played guitar, where Loz usually plays guitar, and he moved to bass and Lee, who usually plays bass, moved to drums. So we were a three-piece. It was really cool to play with them because they are such accomplished musicians and are great at what they are capable of doing. We were together for about a year and we practiced once or twice a week. People kept saying, “We can’t wait for you to start playing out,” while rehearsing. We couldn’t come up with a name for the longest time and then we looked on the plaque on the side of the place where we practiced and recorded and it said, “Park Royal,” after a lot of crappy names, we saw the plaque and decided, ‘Park Royal” has to be our name.
The best band that never was. We played two shows in Camden Town in London. One was with the King Blues and Capdown, which are two successful and great bands out of the U.K. If you don’t know them, you should look them up because they’re great. Capdown is one of the UK’s most amazing punk bands, and the King Blues are some whole other s**t, they are also amazing. Then about a week later, across the street, we played with the Misfits. Then I moved home two days later. We played two epic shows with radical bands at venues across the street from each other and then I moved back to California. We have a nine song demo that we did in three days. I sang all of it in a day and it was killer. It was kind of different, yet cool. It’s still punk, but it’s, uh, it’s cool.
KW: Are there any plans to release it?
SD: We’ve talked about it and we miss each other like crazy, but I doubt we will release it. When we were in a room together, it was effortless. Loz would play something on bass and I’d be like, “That! Whatever that is, keep playing it!” It was magic. I would play something along with it and I would hear a melody instantly. The man has vocals like an angel. He sang backups with me. We got “The Mod,” who was also, I think, in Snuff at one point, to play keys and sing backups on our demo. He was nervous [laughs]. He said something to the effect of, “I don’t want to sing in front of you. Go in the other room, you’re intimidating me.” So I went in the other room, but then I snuck back in to watch him sing, which was perfect, of course. We ended the day with all three of us singing together doing three part harmonies. That whole experience was instrumental to me today. They were such better players than I was. I learned a lot from them.
KW: Your various bands are all pretty different from one another, if you had to choose a style, which would you pick and why?
SD: That is so hard to say because I love music so much and being a songwriter, I feel you can’t throw away any song that comes to you because you are blessed to get a song to begin with. “Blessed,” whatever that means to you. If a hip hop song comes to me, I’m going to be in love with that. If an Indie song comes along or a folk song, it doesn’t matter, as a songwriter, you write songs and the s**t needs to come out. But punk rock will always be my boyfriend. I love hip hop, love hip hop just as much, but punk is my life. You know, to me, punk and hip-hop come from the same place. I have always thought that the cultures between hip-hop and punk rock were parallel. PH Balanced.
KW: How much time in a year would you say you spend on the road?
SD: I’m getting back to it. I hadn’t for a long time because I was married and then I was kind of tied down and going out for long periods of time wasn’t really an option. But now that I’m not and I’m free to do the things I’m doing now, Bad Cop started up and we’re doing more and more stuff. I take trips up and down the coast all year long with The City or Bad Cop and Knives and Gasoline. That’s constant. I’ll be in San Francisco a few times a year. Or we get up to Portland and Seattle at least once a year or out to Arizona or something, just to do it. But I haven’t gone on a big tour across the U.S. in eight years or so. Crazy. I have that gypsy spirit in me, damn it, I would live on the road if I could bring my dog and cats. When I see a really cool van or bus, my mouth waters.
KW: Are there any plans in the works to do so?
SD: I would love to and we shall see what comes to us. We have shows booked out into October already, and that’s just in California. I told Bad Cop the other day, “I want us to have a bus with our faces on the side of it and it’s gonna be awesome and there’s gonna be rainbows and ponies and cookies and we’re gonna get rad!!!” [laughs] So I don’t know, we’ll see. I am always up for it. I would be just as happy with Jen and I hopping in my car with our acoustic guitars and going across the country playing wherever we could. We would have the best time ever!
KW: If you could go back to when you started playing music, what advice would you give yourself?
SD: You A-Hole, you should have f**kin’ picked up the guitar earlier, you stupid b**ch. [laughs] You had it in you the whole time, you were just scared, so, don’t be scared ever again.
KW: What is next for Stacey Dee?
SD: Lots of shows and writing new music! Bad Cop plans on doing as much as we can. Jen Kirk-Carlson and I are thinking of doing an acoustic project again. I’ve been writing so many songs that if whatever band doesn’t want to take the songs and use them, then I plan on doing more solo stuff on my own. I’ve been thinking about it for a long time. I want to do some of the songs on electric guitar and some of it acoustically, like Billy Bragg-style. Something about that just really appeals to me right now. Having the courage to get up and do it by yourself is so scary, but you have to do what you’re scared of sometimes in life. I would guess that Bad Cop, The City, Jen, Knives and Gasoline, and my solo stuff.
I have been working on a project with Fat Mike from NoFX for a while and plan to continue to until its completion. Mike has taught me a lot about singing and song writing, has believed in me, and I thank him for all he has done.
Lastly, I am in a movie called Speed Dragon that is at the Cannes’ film festival May 17th and will be premiering here in L.A. in the next few months. I played the lead guitarist “Vikki.” I am looking forward to the L.A. premier. I think all of that is enough to work on for the rest of the year.
KW: Is there anything else you want your fans to know about your musical projects?
SD: I just want to thank my fans for being into any of the musical endeavors I’ve been involved in and thank all of my band mates, present, past and future for believing in me, as well. I write from my heart and I sing with everything I have. “Go hard or go home!” [laughs], That’s a quote from Linh Le my bassist. I am learning to live my life to the fullest and I hope everyone gets to do the same. And if I even reach one person with a song that I wrote, I did my job. I want my fans to lives their lives, fly it, get out there, do whatever they have to do to make themselves happy because life is short and it’s shorter every day you get older. Kids, believe in yourselves and try really, really hard. Don’t give up. Don’t give up! Your dreams really can come true. They do. If you work really hard, you’ll get whatever you want. I promise! Also, I want to thank Monster Products and Daisy Rocks Guitars for their support. Word!
Knives and Gasoline and Bad Cop/Bad Cop will be playing on May 17 at Los Globos in Los Angeles.
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