1)Would you like to introduce yourself?
Hello, my name is Olivia Street, and my project is called King of Foxes. We’re from Edmonton, Alberta, and we play indie-alternative music on guitars, drums, marimbas, synths, and other stuff.
2)When and why did you start playing?
I’ve been playing most of my life, although I started out as a classical violinist. I began teaching myself guitar in my late teens. I was dating someone who was in a band at the time, but I decided that it would be more fun to be in a band myself. I think he dumped me after that, so I did get some good material to write about.
3)What is your favourite part about this line of work? Your least favourite? Why?
I love connecting with people all around the country and the world. I really get a kick out of having someone send me a tweet or a comment from thousands of miles away, about how they heard a song on the radio and it spoke to them. I also love playing live with my band, and experiencing those adrenaline-fueled, sweat-drenched moments where I’m completely at peace.
Least favourite? You open yourself up for a lot of judgement and criticism, which can be tough. You have to develop a thick skin and learn what criticism to take, and what to toss out with the trash. Music is so subjective, and you just have to accept that some people will love you and others will hate you. If you don’t have some of both, you’re probably doing it wrong.
4)To what extent do you plan your future?
Hmm… well, I may still be singing in pubs when I’m 80, because right now I have no conceivable retirement plan. That’s normal, right? I do think about the kind of person I want to grow into, what qualities I want to foster in myself. It’s extremely important to me to plan my life out enough to at least have coffee and cream in the house every morning. As long as that’s covered, I can see what the day brings and take it as it comes!
5)What has been your most glorious “failure”?
Oh man. Just one? I tried to freestyle a rap once at a Boston Pizza while drunk. That didn’t go great.
6)When were you first asked for your autograph?
I’ve played in cover bands at casinos over the years, saving the money I made there to make King of Foxes records. I think I was first asked for my autograph at a casino by someone who was very inebriated and possibly didn’t understand the concept of a cover band. They might have thought I was someone else, I’m not sure.
7)When were you last hungover?
Whenever I get hungover these days, it’s by accident, because I’m definitely a fan of a good martini, and I can hold my liquor pretty well! I think the last time I was hungover might have been on boxing day. I had to go bowling with an entire extended family of people I didn’t know very well. Let me tell you, friend, a bowling alley is not the place to have a hangover.
8)And, most importantly, what is your favourite type of cookie?
A really chewy oatmeal with chocolate chips affair would be ideal. Not too sweet, a little salty, please.