Audio Visual is a series exploring the fashion choices of local musicians. The Bay Area music scene is nothing but diverse, and this nonconformity is as evident in clothing as it is in music. With this in mind, Audio Visual strives to analyze the connection between the sartorial choices of musicians and their work, beginning with Oakland ‘s Hottub.
Hottub blends DJ Sonic’s old-school and funk-inspired beats with the rough-and-tumble lyrical stylings of CoCo (Nic), Ambr33zy (Amber) and Loli Pop (Jen). The trio rap in unison in a humorous and frank way about love, sex and relationships. Their live shows include on-stage antics and audience participation, often in the form of mic-cable jump-rope and piggy back rides. Our first installment of Audio Visual explores Hottub’s colorful clothing choices — Hottub is opening this evening and the next for Little Dragon at The Independent (9pm, $30).
Q&A and photos after the jump:
Meghan Logue: So as a group, how would you describe your style?
Jen: I’ve always loved the Punk/Crunk/Funk. I feel like we’re really punk, we’re really crunk and we’re really funk.
Jason: It’s a bit of anarchy. Especially performance-wise.
Nic: I’m a psycho and I like to look at things as a big picture and in my minds eye, it’s literally a gang of chicks that live their life in a non-self-conscious way. I think that it’s very important for girls to band together and just be who we are. It’s literally just who we are. And finding dudes who get that. And beyond get that, are able to create the music to sort of let that out. And a safe, awesome place for us to be able to…
Amber: …to release our demons.
Nic: You know, we carry a lot of shit through our daily lives. As women, in this capitalist world, just trying to pay rent. It’s cool to be able to get together and just be. Jen and I grew up in shit-ass Orange County where we’re constantly told “You can’t be that. Shut up. You’re too loud.”
Jen: “You’re too quick on the draw, don’t be that way.”
Nic: Yeah. “That’s not sexy. Stop it.” So it’s cool to have an outlet where hopefully what we do translates to creating a safe place for people to just let it go.
Amber: Be themselves.
Nic: There’s ways to wild the fuck out and still come from a place of love. You can go nutty but still come from a place of positivity.
ML: Amber, you mentioned you have a fashion background? And you and Coco worked at Buffalo Exchange together for a while? How does that influence your look as a group?
Amber: It really gives you the freedom to hone the style you want to represent yourself. If you meet any of us outside of what we do, we’re not totally disconnected from what you see on stage but there is a difference.
Jen: I am. I’m in sweatpants and a t-shirt. And Hottub is an outlet for me to just be exactly who I want to be. I love lace. Every day I dress up to be in this band I think “Goddamn! I wish I could go to work just like this everyday.”
Amber: For me it’s a little bit different. I feel a connection where I need to dress like this because of my passion… for fashion…