Interview With Level-C's Christine Maynard
Many of you know by now that Cleveland, Ohio's all-female metal act Level-C has been signed recently to Crash Music Inc. for a two record deal. They have climbed quickly out of their local hometown scene, into the worldwide spotlight after having finished in the top ten on MTV's Battle for Ozzfest, and now securing a solid opportunity at really making their dreams come true in the dog eat dog music industry. Their lead vocalist, Christine Maynard is my final interview with the band, having now featured each bandmate here at metalunderground.com this year.
Rocket: Are you a native of Cleveland, Ohio?
Christine: Yes and no. I was born in Cleveland. Grew up in West Virginia. Then, ended up back in Cleveland.
Rocket: So when did you first get into singing?
Christine: Really, guitar was my thing. I played in several bands. Some of which had some pretty cool singers. So, I watched & learned like a sponge. My dad always bugged me to be the front person. I guess, I showed no fear. Then, when Level-C began, I went for it. Vocals are very passionate to me. So, I guess father did know best.
Rocket: Did you ever take vocal lessons?
Christine: I tried for about 3 lessons. It wasn't with the right teacher person. So, I bailed.
Rocket: I know how that goes. I took one lesson with this sixty year old opera singer once. And when I told him I wanted to sing like Axl Rose... he almost had a goddamn heart attack. Ha! What three metal vocalists of past or present have played the biggest influence on your approach?
Christine: There are songs and cd's I really enjoy jumping around the house singing. I use them as tools to learn. One is Linkin Park's Hybrid Theory. Tool rocks. Plus, we share the same name (Maynard.) Lastly, Sara McLaughlin. I know, I know, she's not Metal, but the chick can sing. Another one for all the metal heads is SLAYER'S SEASON OF THE ABYSS.
Rocket: Do you write all the song lyrics for Level-C?
Christine: So far, yes. The other girls in the band have an open door for their creativity.
Rocket: What kind of warm-up do you go through before going out on stage?
Christine: Other than drink beer...I mean water. I don't know any really good techniques, yet.
Rocket: What's the funniest thing that's ever happened to you while performing?
Christine: Hard to say. I go full throttle at each show. So, 9 out of 10 times something crazy is going to happen.
Rocket: So how excited are you about this recent two album record deal with Crash Music?
Christine: They're supplying us with the tools & support to make our dreams a reallity. So, I'm fuckin' ecstatic!
Rocket: Right on. Do you ever answer any of your Myspace fan mail?
Christine: Oh yeah. I love to talk and type. If people can take the time to write, I can take the time to respond.
Rocket: How exactly does a fan or supporter go about joining up with the Level-C street team to help get the word out?
Christine: Drop us a line on Myspace. Or, email us @ email@example.com That's the Level-C email. With the new album coming out & new tours on the horizon, we could use a Level-C army.
Rocket: Best of luck to you and the other ladies of the C. Go ahead and give a shout out to your biggest supporters.
Christine: Detroit Crew, you rock! Twisted Choppers & Sidewinders in South Dakota. Always, a pleasure. All of our MySpace friends have been incredible at spredding the word & supporting our shows.
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