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KATE GARNER @ Revenge of the 80s Radio show (2/3)

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Uploaded on Nov 10, 2010

The podcast edit for the 3/5/10 Revenge of the 80s Radio show.

Featuring a conversation with Kate Garner. She, with Jeremy Healy and Paul Caplin, formed the trio Haysi Fantayzee. Kate Garner is also an internationally-renowned fashion and art photographer, having had several critically-acclaimed shows and exhibits including her most recent, Jolly Darkness.

Kate Garner was already a respected fashion photographer when she met Healy and Caplin. Their diverse artistic backgrounds proved a unique tandem to create Haysi Fantayzee, a band best known for their wild outfits and political messages hidden beneath catchy lyrics and danceable music. The band saw quick success with instant hits including "John Wayne is Big Leggy" and "Shiny Shiny" and were on their way to superstar status. That, as Garner explains in the interview, wound up leading to the quick end of the band as well. Sadly, Haysi was only around to complete one album, thus breaking up the band.

After a brief solo stint, Kate continued photography full-time and found herself over time phasing out fashion photography in favor of more dark-artistic creative endeavors. Much of her avant-garde work can be seen on Garner's website, kategarner.org.

In 2009, Kate Garner returned to the studio armed with a new talent: she taught herself the ukulele and, in doing so, she created her own sound on the traditional Hawaiian strings. Kate Garner 2.0 begins with her single, "Lucifer," where she features her uke while questioning conventional wisdom about knowledge versus faith. One must also admire her inventive use of white noise in the chorus as well as her intentions with the pace changes toward the end (you will need to hear it to capture the mood). "Lucifer" will be played at the end of the interview. "Sideways of Red" is the B-side, which also showcases bold keyboards and Garner's admitted lack of respect for convention beginning with the cold vocal/keyboard combination that hammers in the track.

At one point in the conversation, Garner says she never thought of herself as having a good singing voice, this point was also driven home by her mother, who was an accomplished singer. While far from the conventional standards, she has a vocal range that move from pixie-like to forceful. She can also stretch her voice out to enhance her own singing, whether the music calls for an artistic use of arpeggios, needs the tone changes of a songbird or even a Dale Bozzio-esque squeak.

Throughout the conversation, Kate and Chris discuss several topics, including: * Her early music influences. * How she, Jeremy Healy and Paul Caplin formed Haysi Fantzyzee. * Why, after instant success, the trio broke up after only one album. * Kate's career as both a fashion and art photographer. * Our shared philosophy on how boring "normal" really is — and how that is reflective in Kate's art and music. * Garner's new music and her innovative plans for producing and distributing it.

Kate Garner continues to work on new photographic art and music with her label, iDIOt Records. As for her Haysi-mates, Healy is a well-respected and in-demand producer and DJ while Caplin has his own software company, Caplin Systems.


Additional Resources ...
http://www.revengeofthe80sradio.com/
http://www.revengeofthe80sradio.com/?...
http://www.kategarner.org

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