A fellow blogger requested me (and Karla) to be part of the round table interview with Duster last Wednesday. Because I am a fan of this band, I immediately agreed to be there 😉 .
The Duster Round Table Interview was initiated by Sony BMG (Duster’s record label) and of course some members of the media were there. I wasn’t really prepared for my questions because there were still errands to do so when Karla and I sat together on the table while waiting for the other media to come, that’s the time we were thinking of the questions 😉 . Haha, talk about professionalism.
The Duster ladies entered the small function room and sat infront of the media. The girl from Fudge Magazine started with her questions then other followed as well. I injected my questions whenever it’s related to their questions.
Being a fan and representing a media outfit seemed hard as you have to control yourself in showing that you are indeed a fan. Karla and I have been watching gigs of the Duster member’s other bands (like Cambio, Sandwich, Imago, Fatal Posporos, etc..) so I believe they have recognized our faces already. We’ve been familiar with their songs and we’ve been to their album launch in Eastwood. The questions I threw were based on my knowledge of the band and their background.
My Sweetheart Snackbar CD signed by Duster
I’ve already written my review of Sweetheart Snackbar, probably I’ll just add a few insights that I wasn’t able to write then (and also change some of them 😉 . As mentioned by Katwo (and also some of them too) not because they’re all women mean that they are advocating feminism. It just happened that they’re all girls and they have a band. I support Katwo’s statement because not all women advocate for women’s rights. The band mentioned that the inspiration that they give to women is enough. They’re not political nor apolitical. Individually, they still have women identities (and issues) to explore and to perform too so for them to emphasize it more through their music is still ambiguous for them. My take on this is that their presence itself on the industry already makes a difference. They don’t really need to participate in Women’s Rights groups and rally on the streets. They are already activists that they themselves might have not realized. Being the audience, we are impacted on their presence and thus we interpret them as how we wanted them to be.
As for the issue of Raymund Marasigan and Lourd De Veryra being the masterminds of this band, I think it’s ok because it’s healthy for our music scene. One does not to be one to know one. I just realized that Duster breaks gender conformities and boundaries. As mentioned in my previous article, the song “Automatrimonia” from the album that was written by Lourd and Raymund, is one great example on how Duster becomes a gender-bender band. The song is about celebrating women’s singlehood. Another song, “Sexxing the Cherry”, is something that intrigued me because it is a book written by a lesbian author Jeanette Winterson. Below are the lyrics of Sexxing the Cherry.
Find me, feed me, clean me, know me, love me, bore me,
Hate me, fight me, leave me, miss me, write me, draw me,
Drink me, eat me, find me, kill me
Find you, feed you, clean you, know you, love you, bore you,
Hate you, fight you, leave you, miss you, write you, draw you,
Drink you, eat you, find you, kill you
All of nothing remains the same between the graphs
between the mean past hurts arise all of nothing
Find us, kill us
Find us, love us, feed us, break us, bore us, grind us, shape us
I am you are
(Lourd De Veyra and Raymund Marasigan)
If we will not be looking at the album sleeve on who were writers of the song and would just plainly listen the songs, one will say that it’s just Duster relaying their message to the listeners. We as listeners would interpret it (as I did) and try to relate it to ourselves, probably on being a woman in this kind of society that we live in. The important thing here is the message and the gender (or sex in this case) of the writers wouldn’t really matter. Seems gender is something that can be changed anytime we want to and practice the gender norms if we choose to. The “author is dead” as Michel Foucault said and shouldn’t interpret the text (in this case the lyrics and music) depending on the background of the author. Let the text be interpreted as it is presented.
Of course a photo op with the Duster ladies!