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Artist Interview

The Dire Honeys

August 7, 2013

The Dire Honeys are as American as trucks and pie. Part sugar, part salt-of-the-earth, this folksy trio plays the kind of music that gets to down to the root of what makes one swoon and cry. Mia Valentini, Vanessa Kerby, and Lena Schmid (even their names are dreamy) got decked out in Ode attire and trekked into the swampy, mosquito-infested road for a photo shoot at dusk. The light was right, the music dulcet, the jokes a little dirty. There was a tart sweetness to the air. We don't blame the bugs for wanting a bite. 

Vanessa Kerby

How did you get started?
Escape. Friendship. Art. New Skills. Songs. 2 liter bottles of wine.

What do you love about your job?
MV: Being outside. Sweat. Labor. Mud. The best food I’ve ever eaten. The best sleep I’ve ever had. I’m a farmer.

                                                                  Mia Valentini

Where do you find inspiration?
MV: I find inspiration from my cat. Edward. She’s a girl.
VK & MV: Shitty men.

If I wasn’t doing this, I would be...
MV & VK: Having band practice.
LS: Painting.
MV: Farming.

What's your favorite line from a movie, song, or book? 
LS: I’m not sure, because Van Morrison just mumbles all the time. But everything he says on the album Astral Weeks is my favorite.
VK: “It’s never too late to have a happy childhood.” – Still Life with Woodpecker.
      “Here’s to swimmin’ with bow-legged women!”-Quint from JAWS .
MV: “Ever dance with the devil in the pale moon light?”- The Joker from Batman
      “I will drink your MilkShake!” – There Will be Blood 

Lena Schmid

If you were a piece of clothing, what would be and what color/pattern? 
MV: A pair of boots- tan. 

What's the first line in a book about your life?
LS: “She was crying in her car, again.”  
MV: “My mama always said, no one’s gonna love you till you learn to love yourself."

What is your favorite word, and why?
VK: Flubber.
MV: Flabbergasted, because my friend Tobin, when we were in first grade, said it was his favorite word and it always stayed with me. Though It took me a few years to differentiate it from flatulent, I think that is why it stuck. And Pamplemousse. It’s fun to say.
LS: I don’t have a favorite word. However, my least favorite word is pocketbook. Specifically when my mom says it in reference to whatever bag I’m carrying.


What's your go-to "happy" song?
LS: My go-to happy song is “Get Rhythm” by Johnny Cash.  Or “Come Go With Me” by the Del Vikings.
MV: I don’t necessarily go to a “happy” song, but genre. I love New Orleans Jazz.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten?
LS: My painting teacher once cornered me behind my giant painting and insisted I buy a truck.  I did, and it has worked out really well. 
MV: This too shall pass. Good or bad.
VK: “Don’t let it bring you down, it’s only castles burning..” Neil Young 

When was the last time you laughed so hard you cried?
LS: Last week in the car with Vanessa. She was doing the best, most pathetic impression of a cat in heat.  The mewling and yeowling was outrageous. 

*The Dire Honeys will be performing at Ode on August 9th, from 6-8pm as a part of our "Sugar, Love, & Honey" Birthday Bash.

Clothing: Ode. Styling: Kristin Kelly. Makeup: Jenessa Cintron. [Chattman Photography]