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Pamela Valfer, a.k.a. Kitty Craft, dips into the coffee can.
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You can get Kitty Craft's album, Beats and Breaks from the Flower Patch, at Insound. Need convincing? Read Splendid's review.



WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ANIMATED SERIES?

Pamela Valfer: Hmm - I hate to admit it but I'm a sucker for South Park.

IF SOMEONE OFFERED YOU A CHANCE TO RIDE ALONG ON THE SPACE SHUTTLE, WOULD YOU GO? IF SO, WHAT WOULD YOU DO IN SPACE? PV: Umm, probably not, considering I have a horrible fear of crashing and burning up, but if I had some intensive therapy to get over my fear then sure....space would be cool.



NAME A MUSICIAN OR GENRE WHOSE POPULARITY YOU JUST DON'T GET.

PV: You don't have enough space for my laundry lists of why.

A COUPLE OF RECENT "SCHOLARLY" WORKS HAVE ADVANCED THE THEORY THAT ABRAHAM LINCOLN WAS GAY. HOW DOES THIS ALTER YOUR PERCEPTION OF AMERICAN HISTORY?

PV: Ummm...not at all. I actually never heard that conspiracy theory...interesting.

IF YOU COULD WRITE YOUR "DREAM CONTRACT RIDER", AND THE VENUES AT WHICH YOU PERFORMED HAD TO GO ALONG WITH IT, NO MATTER WHAT IT SAID, WHAT WOULD YOU PUT IN IT?

PV: Being that I once had to do backstage catering at rock shows for a job, I don't think I would be a bitch and throw something funny in like "I only want M & M's with all the green ones picked out"...cuz don't ya know, some stars feel that they're due for such things. I think my list would be pretty standard -- a little food and lots of bottled water....maybe if I was feeling extravagant I'd want a massage therapist to go on tour with me, cuz I'm a sucker for a back rub.

IF YOU HAD TO CHOOSE BETWEEN NEVER BUYING ANOTHER RECORD FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE, OR EATING ONLY LIQUEFIED FOOD FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE, WHICH WOULD YOU CHOOSE?

PV: Well, if I may add a little subtext to the question....If I had to choose between buying a NEW record and liquid food, then it would be no choice. I could easily not purchase another NEW record, but being the old school vinyl hound that I am, if I couldn't purchase my dusty old tracks I think it would be a liquid diet all the way.

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THONG UNDERWEAR?

PV: Honestly, I have no thoughts (or feelings) about the topic.

HAVE YOU EVER BEEN IN A BAR BRAWL?

PV: Actually, I have been in a bar brawl.. To sum it up, my little smart-aleckey mouth got me in trouble once at a rock show and this girl punched me (I swear it wasn't my fault -- she started it!!), so I ran after her and got in a few good licks of my own. But that was quite along time ago....

WHAT WAS YOUR MAJOR IN COLLEGE? OR IF YOU NEVER WENT TO COLLEGE/NEVER DECLARED A MAJOR, WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE CLASS IN HIGH SCHOOL?

PV: I did go to college...I studied Fine Arts with an emphasis in painting and graduated with a B.F.A. Right now I am starting graduate school. I am going for my M.F.A. in Painting.

NAME THREE PEOPLE YOU REALLY ADMIRE, AND TELL US WHY YOU ADMIRE THEM.

PV: Being the cynic that I am, I seem to be drawing blank on this question.

IF YOU COULD ERADICATE ONE SLANG TERM OR IRRITATING CATCH PHRASE FROM THE WORLD'S VOCABULARY, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

PV: twee, twee, twee!!!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE HOLIDAY, AND WHY?

PV: I think Halloween is my favorite...I was always a bit of a spooky kid and loved to dress up, and who can beat a bag full of free candy? Yum!

WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR CULTURAL LANDMARKS? MUSIC? TV? ART? BOOKS?

PV: I suppose like most people I am a culmination of all of those things. I am a self admitted TV-oholic but I also read and do many other things. I suppose I am definitely a culture junkie.

And now, a few real questions for the Kitty Craft fans out there...

SPLENDID: It seems like Beats and Breaks... has done really, really well for you this year. How has your life changed because of it?

PV: I think my life's changed a little bit -- some great opportunities have presented themselves to me because of the record. For instance, I just got back from a tour of Japan. I played 2 dates in Tokyo with Cibbo Matto, and I think that was an amazing experience indeed. People aren't chasing me down the street for an autograph or anything yet, but you never know.

SPLENDID: What do you do when you're not "doing" Kitty Craft?

PV: Sleep

SPLENDID: How big is your record collection?

PV: It's fairly large, although I just got rid of a bunch of vinyl that I don't need anymore so it's time to rebuild.

SPLENDID: How does your creative process work? I.E. Do you start with a killer loop and build?

PV: A song can start in many different ways. I may start with a particular loop that I find, or I could have a particular melody in my head, or perhaps there's a great beat that seems to inspire...there's no one way.

SPLENDID: As an artist whose recent work has involved sampling a lot of analog media, how do you feel about digital distribution and MP3s?

PV: I am bit wary of MP3. I chose not to do a digital deal because I feel that the digital media is a bit unproven, and before I go signing the rights to music away I felt that I wanted to see how it developed as an industry. Also, I think it is still totally hard to download a file...I think you have to be pretty computer savvy to figure out how to successfully download that stuff, so I don't think it's going to make a major dent in the mainstream market for a while...too hard.

SPLENDID: I gather you're planning a new album for Spring? If so, are you trying anything new?

PV: Oh, this cat's always tryin to top herself. I think I am just expanding my ideas a bit further, trying to "up" the song writing. I'm working on using different sounds and creating loops that stray from my standard style. I'm just trying to challenge myself in new ways....but you'll just have to wait 'n see, won't ya.


Thanks, Pamela!

-- George Zahora



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