Actress Sasha Grey Discusses Metal Music
Pornographic actress Sasha Grey, who was also cast for a season of the TV show Entourage and starred in the movie "The Girlfriend Experience," recently spoke with ArtistDirect.com about music. An excerpt from the interview follows.
Which artists really shaped you?
Sasha: There are people who heavily influenced me that you would never hear in aTelecine's music like Jimi Hendrix. That's been my number one obsession since I was a kid. Then there are artists like Black Flag and Ice Cube. They know what they want and they're not afraid to go out and get it. It's more about the ideology and fearlessness that has inspired me and our band members rather than sound. I feel like a lot of that influence comes through in the attitude and power of what we're doing. When you go to listen to our album, it's not necessarily loud. We're not screaming—at least not yet. We haven't really shaped our sound necessarily either. As far as our sound goes, I'd have to say people like Throbbing Gristle, Squarepusher, LUSTMORD, Kraftwerk, and Aphex Twin. Acts such as those are always playing with music and the very idea of music. They challenge the status quo to the point where people might say, "This isn't music?" However, what is music? It's like Coil said, "When you think of music, you think of Coil." They challenge us to never stay in one place, and I like that.
Is there some early Ministry in there too? Perhaps "Every Day Is Halloween" era Al Jourgensen?
Sasha: For sure! [Laughs] That's one I definitely left out. Their first two albums are the best. You know a lot of people don't like the early stuff, but I actually like it.
What heavy metal are you into?
Sasha: Oh God....Slayer, Judas Priest, Agalloch, Black Sabbath…I listen to a lot of black metal too. I just copped a Burzum album on vinyl a month ago on vinyl. I still haven't listened to it though. I came out of a record store in San Francisco with two huge boxes of vinyl [Laughs]. Some were used and some were new. I haven't even gone through it all yet. I don't remember half the shit I bought. I had to separate it from my vinyl that's actually in order and put it at the bottom so I know I'll listen to it at least once before I start filing it away.
When's your black metal record coming?
Sasha: We're always playing with our sound, so it's not too far off [Laughs].
Sasha: Are you going to come out in corpse paint?
Sasha: I've already done that [Laughs]. Well, it wasn't really corpse paint; it was paint.
What's your next movie?
Sasha: I'm shooting a film with director Frankie Latina. Danny Trejo is in it, but there's no title. It'll be shot in Columbia very soon. I've been training with my new personal trainer Gunnar Peterson. He's been kicking my ass! It's been a hell of a ride so far. It's going to be a great film. I'm going to be a badass in it, which is pretty cool.
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