Thanks to Naiare from TaylorMomsenBrasil, you can now read Taylor’s interview for ‘Pulp’ Magazine (Phillippines) september issue.
SHAKE ‘N BAKE The unstoppable Taylor Momsen
You’ve heard the phrases and the tired aphorisms over and over again. But this tall gazelle-like platinum blonde is the real deal. Taylor Momsen was born to be a star.
At the tender age of three, she already starred in her first TV comercial and went on to star in a number of Hollywood blockbusters such as Jim Carrey’s How The Grinch Stole Christmas, We Were Soldiers and Spy Kids 2. However she is probably best know for her infamous role as Lil-J in the gigantic hit TV series Gossip Girl.
Some people have it from day one, and some folks just have a lot more of IT than others. And this recently turned 19-year-old is gushing with talent, which is why when my wife saw her videos on YouTube, she insisted that her band headline the first annual Bazooka Rocks! festival – and I totally agreed. Momsen’s voice, to me, exuded a maturity and a warm thick quality and timbre uncommon to one so young. It was obvious from the get-go that this stunning beauty was born with good taste in music. Her break out track “Make Me Wanna Die” oozes with classic rock influences of the 70s, and a quick gander at her musical preferences confirms just that, as she cites Led Zeppelin and Robert Plant as key influences among more current luminaries such as Nirvana, Kurt Cobain, Audioslave, Soundgarden and Oasis.
“Imagine,” Happee gushed, “all of our other artists on the Bazooka roster are all guys, and the suddenly there’s Taylor (read: HOT CHICK).” Visually, the contrast was brilliant; a rose among the thorns, so to speak. But more than that it was just plain captivating, and the music of The Pretty Reckless is just so infectious. It was something we decided in an instant to make happen. And so when we learned the manager of The Pretty Reckless was in China, we jumped the first plane we could book and made a deal that was somehow concluded between the midnight and sunrise hours, bleary-eyed and smelling of whisky, vodka and beer.
Since it was my wife’s idea to bring in The Pretty Reckless, I thought she should definitely have the honor of interviewing her for the magazine. (Below is the transcript of that interview.)
“LEAVE YOUR PARENTS AT HOME AND COME TO THE FESTIVAL”.
The Pretty Reckless has just performed an acoustic set live at ‘Rock and Pop’ radio in Chile a few minutes ago. If you missed it, click the player below to listen! They performed ‘Make Me Wanna Die’, ‘Zombie’ and ‘Cold Blooded’. You can also listen to the interview. Great vocals from Taylor and Ben!
Thanks to ThePrettyRecklessBR.com for recording the acoustic session!
Jason Tanamor from Zoiks! Online recently called Taylor Momsen to an interview where she talks about the band’s EP, her favorite moments in music and her musical guilty pleasures, read below.
Taylor Momsen and The Pretty Reckless have catapulted into the musical spotlight thanks to major tours with Evanescence, Guns n’ Roses and Marilyn Manson. The band is currently promoting its new EP, “Hit Me Like A Man,” and is hard at work in the studio recording the upcoming full length album. Momsen recently phoned in to talk about the band’s EP, musical guilty pleasures, and what her three favorite moments in music are thus far.
The Pretty Reckless was a part of three major tours with Evanescence, Guns n’ Roses and Marilyn Manson. What did you learn, personally, from touring with these three big names?
That you have to kick ass live (laughs). We’re so fortunate to tour with three great bands like that. I’m a fan of all of them. If you go up against Manson and his audience you definitely have to prove something and compete because he’s so amazing at it. All of them were great experiences and very awesome.
Matthew Pashalian from the SFL Onstage Magazine shared with us the interview he did with Taylor a while ago. Read the full article right below! You can also read his positive feedback to the ‘Hit Me Like A Man’ EP! So much interesting..
It was two summers ago that I first encounteredthe sound of The Pretty Reckless at the 2010 edition of the Van’s Warped Tour in West Palm Beach. My editor and I had just arrived to a stage where we caught about half of the bands set, and were mutually impressed by tunes that would make their appearance on the debut disc, Light Me Up. Now two years later, I have to say that said disc has to be one of my favorite debut albums released in recent memory, and now have the privilege to sit down with the group’s front woman herself. At the end of their headlining tour, the band is about to head out with one of South Florida’s favorite dark sons, Marilyn Manson, on what is sure to be one of their most interesting tours to say the least. In light of this, and their headlining date at Ft. Lauderdale’s Culture Room, we had to discuss track her down to talk about the band’s beginnings, touring and the band’s latest EP, Hit Me Like A Man. The Pretty Reckless is one show you don’t want to miss!
What’s the biggest misconception that you think people have about you and the band in the beginning?
There’s been a lot, but the biggest one that people have had about me is that I got fired from “Gossip Girl,” and from Madonna’s ]clothing] line and all of these things – I never got fired from anything. With “Gossip Girl,” I left so that I could pursue music, be able to tour and make records. That’s all that I wanted to do, and they wouldn’t give me the time off to allow me to do that; so that’s probably the biggest misconception that people have of me. As for the band, probably that people just don’t think of it as a band; they think of it as just me. It’s not like I went and interviewed people and hired them to be my band. It actually came together very organically and I’m so lucky that that happened.
The “Revenge” actor tells THR that he hopes to see his former co-star back on screen someday, though he “loves” her band, The Pretty Reckless.
Little J and Eric van der Woodsen’s on-screen relationship pales in comparison to the real-life friendship between former Gossip Girl stars Taylor Momsen and Connor Paolo.
While both went on to pursue new endeavors after leaving the CW – for Momsen, a worldwide tour with her rock band The Pretty Reckless, and for Paolo, a job on ABC’s freshman drama Revenge – the duo remain close-knit pals. During an October performance at the Palladium in Los Angeles, Paolo could be heard cheering loudly from the V.I.P. section as Momsen hit the stage with her band.
“She’s been one of my really close friends for years now,” Paolo told The Hollywood Reporter of their mutual affinity, which began on the Gossip Girl pilot when he was just 16-years-old.
“It’s been a relatively long friendship as far as my life goes, and honestly, I think I’d go to her shows if I didn’t know who she was. I love her band,” he added. “She is a friend of mine who I think is capable and does create fantastic art, so it’s a joy for me to watch her — and I love the character that she’s created on stage. Her stage persona is brilliant. “
While Momsen has received positive reviews for her moving vocals on the songs “Make Me Wanna Die,” “Just Tonight” and “My Medicine,” Paolo hopes to see her return to the acting game someday.
“I’m always yelling at Taylor to act because I think she’s great and I’d love to do something with her,” he said. “If I ever end up in [a director’s chair] for real, I’ll be vocal. I’ll make her do something for real because I hate wasted talent.
“If I’m ever in a position to cast anything or to put anything together, she’s always at the top of my list,” he continued. “I think she’s great.”