Scissor Sisters Jake Shears and Ana Matronic Exclusive Interview

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Scissor Sisters interview with Nicole Hanratty, Life of a Rockstar
Pictured above: Scissor Sisters perform live their smash hit featured on Glee “Let’s Have A Kiki” for Crackle’s original series “From The Basement” produced by Nigel Godrich

Special thanks to photographer Clinton Gaughran @ www.ClintonGaughran.com

Scissor Sisters premieres on Crackle’s From The Basement Thursday 17 January

By Nicole Hanratty
November 18, 2012

Philanthropic. Witty. Genuine. These are three adjectives I would use to describe Scissor Sisters–the American pop dance group–before I even touch their international success in the music world. Artistically the GRAMMY® nominated group is bold, trailblazing and nothing short of brilliant. Their pop dance music circumvents conventional mainstream rules and Scissor Sister’s most recent album “Magic Hour” plays out as the Bee Gees and ABBA’s magical lovechild.

Led by vocalists Jake Shears and Ana Matronic the group includes Babydaddy as multi-instrumentalist, Del Marquis as lead guitar/bassist, and Randy Real as drummer (who replaced Paddy Boom). The band has produced wildly popular hits such as “Baby Come Home,” “Mama,” and “Sex & Violence.” Their most recent album “Magic Hour” includes the song “Let’s Have A Kiki” which has taken on a life of its’ own and was recently included on the popular television show Glee performed by Sarah Jessica Parker.

Don’t be fooled like I was believing the dynamic duo that is Ana Matronic and Jake Shears met at Disneyland, no that was just a story the two cooked up to create a fun bio for themselves. In reality, Ana Matronic tells me that she met Jake Shears over a dozen years ago on Halloween 2000. “I was dressed as an Andy Warhol factory reject and he was dressed as a late term back alley abortion,” and Ana said she knew right then they were going to be friends. “You come with me,” she told Jake and for all intents and purposes out of one late term abortion the Scissor Sisters were born.

The band’s 2004 self-titled debut album “Scissor Sisters” experienced off the charts success in the UK setting the group off on a limitless journey of creative expression through music. Sarcasm, sex, playfulness, and a splash of darkness make their disco infused pop music irresistable.

Since then, it would seem the Scissor Sisters have done it all–although they would still love to work with Cher, Dolly Parton and Beck. They’ve collaborated with a long list of artists that includes Elton John, Kylie Minogue and Calvin Harris. Their song “Isn’t It Strange” is included on the Shrek Forever After movie Soundtrack. They’ve opened for and toured with Lady Gaga, Ana Matronic teamed up with Jessie J to be an advisor on an episode of The Voice in the UK, One Direction’s Harry Styles popped up on the set of their “Only The Horses” music video shoot, and the group collaborated with both Adam Lambert and Katy Perry to create a funny Scissor Sisters news reel. The band crisscrosses over pop culture like a game of Twister. Forget Kevin Bacon, the real game should be six degrees of Scissor Sisters.

Countless shows, appearances, and collaborations along with three more albums after “Scissor Sisters,” (“Ta Da,” “Night Work,” “Magic Hour”) later, the group finally is taking a moment to sit still and enjoy a hiatus. Scissor Sisters’ last gig of 2012—their Mexico City concerts were cancelled—turned out to be an exclusive appearance on Crackle’s “From The Basement” filmed at the Jim Henson Studio inside the Charlie Chaplin Stage in Hollywood, California on November 18th.

To witness the event was a gift. Ana and Jake were attentive to their craft, focused on delivering their best performance and willing to do all eleven songs in their set twice to be sure they got it right—even though at times they chose the first take as their favorite.

Crackle and From The Basement invited Life of a Rockstar in to visit their closed set for this incredible event and spend a bit of time chatting with Jake and Ana. After over four plus hours of performing the two were gracious enough to field a round of questions before they headed off for the afternoon.

So what do you ask the band that has worked with virtually everyone and seemingly done it all? The possibilities are endless. Here’s where I started, “What haven’t you done?” See what they say…

Jake Shears & Ana Matronic Live Interview With Nicole Hanratty

SCISSOR SISTERS LIVE PERFORMANCE ON CRACKLE’S “FROM THE BASEMENT”
www.crackle.com
Scissor Sisters live performance on Crackle’s From The Basement at Crackle.com premieres on Thursday January 17th. From the Basement is produced by Nigel Godrich. Crackle is the only service providing free, on demand viewing of the newest season of FROM THE BASEMENT where viewers experience intimate performances and up-close looks at popular recording artists.
 
The first two seasons of FROM THE BASEMENT are available now for U.S. and Canada on Crackle.com, as well as on Android handsets and tablets, iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, PlayStation 3, Xbox, Sony Blu-ray, Roku Streaming Player, Sony Streaming Player, Sony Bravia televisions and Google Chrome. READ MORE: CRACKLE LAUNCHES THIRD SEASON OF ‘FROM THE BASEMENT’

Scissor Sisters interview with Nicole Hanratty, Life of a Rockstar
(Pictured above: Jake Shears, Ana Matronic and Nicole Hanratty)

MORE PHOTOS OF THE SCISSOR SISTERS LIVE PERFORMANCE
For more photos on set visit AfterElton.com

On set inside the Charlie Chaplin Stage on the Jim Henson Studio Lot in Hollywood, CA

WE ASKED JAKE SHEARS
Which song title most describes your personality?

A: All My Ex’s Live In Texas
George Strait, “All My Ex’s Live In Texas” on iTunes

WE ASKED ANA MATRONIC
Which song title most describes your personality?

A: Accidents Never Happen
“Accidents Never Happen” on iTunes

WE ASKED SCISSOR SISTERS A FEW OF THEIR FAVORITES

Favorite TV Show
Ana: “Of all time? Absolutely Fabulous.”
Jake: “Twin Peaks.”

Favorite Cocktail
Ana: “It goes between Manhattan or Old Fashion.”
Jake: “Vodka Tonic. Always a vodka tonic.”

Favorite Cartoon Character
Ana: “Daffy Duck. Sometimes he’s a good guy and sometimes he’s a bad guy.”
Jake: “I’m really into Mickey Mouse.”

SCISSOR SISTERS AND CHARITY
Glasgow Simon Community
For more information visit:
www.glasgowsimon.com

Elton John AIDS Foundation
For more information visit:
ejaf.com

Amnesty International
For more information visit:
www.amnesty.org

The Lower Eastside Girls Club
For more information visit:
www.girlsclub.org


Jake Shears, Nicole Hanratty, Ana Matronic

SCISSOR SISTERS ON THE WEB
ScissorSisters.com

“Magic Hour” & “Gravity the Seducer”
Cover art by artist Neil Krug
NeilKrug.com

ON ANNA’S PLAYLIST
Holy Other “Held”

ON JAKE’S PLAYLIST
The Presets “Pacifica”

Jake Shears Scissor Sisters Crackle From The Basement, lifeofaorckstar.com
(Pictured above: Jake Shears lead singer Scissor Sisters)