Q1, Would you like to introduce yourself?
Hello! I am Miesha from Miesha & The Spanks- I sing, play guitar, write songs, and run the business side of the band. I’m also a mixed-Secwepemc mom of twins. Originally from the East Kootenays in BC, I now live in Calgary with my husband Deon, twin boys Arthur and Otis, and beautiful Husky-Doberman Whitney Houston.
Q2, Are you a good cook?
I am an excellent cook, but a little out of practice lately. My day/night job was to cook for years, from when I was 14 until I was financially able to sustain myself just with music two years ago. That’s a very long time. My husband is also a very good cook and a really picky eater, so he sort of took over. But we eat a lot of really wonderful Trinidadian food so I can’t really complain. During the last three seasons of Game of Thrones I would host viewing parties and make huge spreads themed after where in Westeros/Essos I thought the episode would be taking place. Direwolf bread, fire-grilled horse (Dothraki), “Pigeon” pie, lemon cakes, bowl of brown… so good.
Q3, How would you rate your negotiating skills?
Hit or miss. I’m a Virgo and have this underlying feeling that I’m always right, which can come across like I’m some jerk who thinks they’re always right. But I usually am.
Q4, What causes would you actually fight for?
Feels like there’s a lot to fight for these days! Firstly, I don’t think I would physically fight unless it was clear there were no other options. There have been moments during the Black Lives Matter movement where I wonder why we aren’t physically retaliating to the violence inflicted on POC by the police of all people. Though this is something that I’ve always felt strongly about, I’ll admit I’ve become more impassioned since my children and husband are black. Of course there’s also the thousands of missing and murdered Indigenuus women, no justice for Colten Boushie or Tina Fontaine, RCMP trespassing on Wet’suwet’en and their lack of protection for the Mi’qmaq fishermen.These are all worthy causes, and only a few examples of the problems caused by colonization.
Q5, What has been your most glorious failure?
When you’re an emerging artist and you tour across a country as big as Canada, your tour dates (generally) fall into the rule of thirds – one third is insanely awesome, one third is ok or pretty good, and one third is pretty much empty. I think this is mostly because you need to play Sun-Tues in smaller towns and cities, which are already bad nights to play, and these places have no idea who you are- they’d rather see their local cover band. Anyways, you still play your hearts out, because at the very least the staff are watching and who knows maybe next time would be great if they loved you. It’s happened before that one of those shows to practically no one ended up being our best set of tour- is that a glorious failure?
Q6, When were you first asked for your autograph?
Too early. I definitely signed CDs for some grade 9/10 fans in my high school band. I used to book shows with my high school sweetheart (also my guitarist) at our local community hall in Invermere BC. We opened for everyone we booked, which included Mad Caddies, Belvedere, and Dayglo Abortions.
Q7, Who is your favourite actor?
I love Khal Drogo.
Q8, And, most importantly, what is your favourite type of cookie?
The ones where the meat of the cookie is chocolate and then there’s also chocolate chunks in it.