Circles Interviews: DANGEROUS CURVES
“Dangerous Curves” is an all-female jazz vocal group made up of three fabulous local talents: Lisa Smith, Karen Michaels, and Margaret (Gret) Menzies. Circles enjoyed an afternoon chatting with the “Curves”, and finding out what it takes to be successful in music, friendship, and life in the spotlight!
Circles: WHO CAME UP WITH THE GROUP’S NAME “DANGEROUS CURVES”?
Karen: I came up with the name “Dangerous Curves” because I thought the name would be fun to incorporate the fact that are in touch with our female side, and to show others that it is ok to be who you are no matter what shape, size, or color.
Circles: HOW DID THE THREE OF YOU BECOME A GROUP?
Lisa: Karen and I met first back in California, so I’ve known Karen for several years; we were in a group together called “the Young Americans”. Karen and her husband moved to Las Vegas in 1999. Later on, my husband and I followed.
Circles: WHERE ARE YOU ALL ORIGINALLY FROM?
Circles: WHO’S THE FUNNIEST?
All: Definitely Karen’s the funniest and goofiest! Karen adds the “bubble” side to the group. She keeps us all laughing!
Circles: WHAT’S THE GROUPS FAVORITE SONGS TO PERFORM?
All: We have fun singing, “Aint Nobody Here But Us Chickens”, “I’m a Woman”, “Moon River”, and “Cloud Burst”.
Circles: HOW LONG HAVE YOU ALL BEEN A GROUP?
Lisa: Originally Karen and I were a group called “Red, Blonde, and Blues” back in 2004. In the same year, we decided to add a third girl and made “Dangerous Curves”. Gret joined the group in 2008 and replaced our original girl, Kai, who moved on to other endeavors.
Karen: Gret blended right in with us and we all bonded instantly.
Circles: HOW WERE THE GIGS AT THE GOLD COAST?
Lisa: The gigs at the Gold Coast were actually my solo show and it was every three weeks. I loved it!
Circles: HOW DOES THE GROUP GET PREPARED FOR A SHOW?
Gret: We practice singing our vocals and use the internet a lot because we constantly email each other ideas. Depending on what, where, and how long the show is varies the time we have to rehearse. Sometimes we have to practice, practice, practice, but usually we get together for rehearsal once a week. This gives a chance to put our plans together and work on the choreography.
Circles: IS IT DIFFICULT BEING THAT THE GROUP IS ALL FEMALE?
All: No, it is not difficult.
Karen: I think it’s an advantage for us! It’s like therapy, with us being all women. I think the writing process is way fun.
Lisa: I think it’s even better because we can let our hair down!
Circles: WHAT TYPES OF CHALLENGES DOES THE JAZZ GROUP FACE?
Karen: The financial part of being a group is the major challenge that our group faces, I think.
Lisa: The challenge for me is juggling our personal lives. We all have family, and Karen has a three year old child, so we have to make sure he’s happy, too, because he’s one of our big supporters.
Circles: WHO DECIDES THE SONGS TO PERFORM?
All: We all put in our ideas and suggestions then we email each other to compare notes. So we collaborate and make sure we all agree on the actual lay out of the performances.
Circles: WHAT MOTIVATED THE TRIO TO SING JAZZ?
Karen: It’s a very good musical art form that allows us to be a great trio.
Gret: Jazz allows us to “curvify”!
Circles: ANY UPCOMING SHOWS?
Lisa: This next month we have a show In Arizona @ the Roadhaven Resort, and a couple benefits shows in Las Vegas.
Circles: IF YOU CAN DESCRIBE THE GROUPS RELATIONSHIPS WITH EACH OTHER IN ONE WORD WHAT WOULD THAT ONE WORD BE?
Circles: WHATS YOUR FAVORITE JAZZ SINGER/GROUP?
All: “New York Voices”.
Circles: DOES DANGEROUS CURVES HANG OUT AND JUST HAVE GIRL TIME WITH EACH OTHER WHEN NOT PERFORMING?
All: Yes we are BFF’s so we love hanging out and having fun with each other.
Circles: WHAT’S THAT ONE THING YOU ALL ENJOY DOING WITH EACH OTHER THE MOST?
All: Singing and performing.
Circles: DO YOU HAVE FAN CLUB?
All: We have a growing fan club you can follow us on Twitter (@dclasvegas), post comments on Face book and you can even check us out on Reverb Nation.
Circles would like to thank the women of “Dangerous Curves” for the interview and encourage our readers to check out a show! For more information about the trio, visit their website at http://www.dangerouscurveslasvegas.com, or their blog at http://www.dangerouscurvesgirltalk.blogspot.com