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Candy Kane Interview
By MuzikMan
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2000-02-24
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MuzikMan: How do you feel right now about your career and what the future holds?

Candye: I'm blessed to be playing music for a living and I am thrilled to be given another chance to record. It's always gratifying to be able to see your songs come to life that you've had in your head all year long. Each record is like a new baby being born.

MuzikMan: You had a rough road to get to were you are right now (I can relate!). Can you talk about what happened along the way to change the path you were on before all of this success you are currently experiencing began? What one thing happened in your life that changed everything? Can you also talk about your past experiences so the audience knows from whence you came?

Candye: Well most people know about my background. And those who don't can visit my website at www. candye-kane.com. I grew up in East L.A. and saw friends of mine shot and killed by gang violence before I was 15 years old. At 17, I had a baby and went on welfare, like a lot of young girls do in the varrio. Before having my baby, I used to sing to the cholos and cholas at my junior high and high school. I learned early on that music soothes the savage beast and that I could use music to prevent myself from being beaten up. However, singing on the playground was not that rewarding, and I gave up singing for awhile, and had my son. He turned 18 yesterday.

I worked a variety of odd jobs and then became a phone sex operator which lead to other sex related jobs including stripping and topless modeling. Ironically I gained a lot of self esteem from these weird jobs. Seeing myself on the cover of magazines made me feel beautiful and famous. I got off welfare and was financially emancipated. I gained a lot of personal respect for myself by avoiding some of the temptations in the sex business like drugs and prostitution, and held my own in some of the tougher parts of the world. 42nd street in New York when you're 18 can be quite intimidating. I also had a solid network of music friends in L.A. who believed in me and my musical ability. I used money from the sex business to subsidize my musical aspirations and hired top musicians and studio time to record demos.

MuzikMan:You hung out with some of the heavy hitters in music for awhile back in the 80s. Do have any good stories to tell about that time? What one artist was the most influential for you during that time?

Candye: Dave Alvin was and still is a great friend. He helped me realize that I could be a songwriter. Dwight Yoakum also told me that the best thing about me was that I was honest about my past. Rosie Flores, John Doe and Exene Cervenka and Cesar from Los Lobos all helped me believe in myself.

MuzikMan: I saw you on Donnie & Marie, that is how I discovered you! What was the reaction from the music community, family and friends?

Candye: Donny and Marie was lots of fun. I have also appeared in the last year on Roseanne, Queen Latifah, Penn & Teller and HBO Sexbytes. TV is a great way for people to discover you who have never heard of you. I have been so lucky to have a great manager who helps me get these TV spots.

MuzikMan:You are always on the road, is it hard to deal with that having a family? Or do they go with you?

Candye: Sometimes I can take the kids with me, if I am to be in the same town for any length of time. Most of the time it is one nighters however. But I took both kids to Athens Greece, when I played a jazz club there for a week, and to Paris, and to Reunion Island. That's one of the upsides. The downside is I miss a lot of things at school. Open House, Teacher conferences. Yes, it is very hard balancing both things and giving both equal time. But every working parent has to deal with these types of issues. I am just gone for longer periods of time.

MuzikMan: How did the new CD come out? What can people expect to hear? More of the same or some different twist to your sound?

Candye: The new cd " Toughest Girl Alive", will be out in April. It's a typical Candye endeavor...blues, jazz, gospel and swing all over it. 10 of the 13 songs were my own compositions.

MuzikMan: What was it like dealing with a grassroots label like Rounder Records?

Candye: Not that different from my first label which was Antones, out of Austin Texas. Rounder has been very supportive and allowed me to do my songs, my way. No artist could ask for better support. I love all the other artists on Rounder also, so it's great to be in such good company.

MuzikMan: You must be an inspiration to women all over the world. Do a lot of women contact you about what success you have had? Do they want to know were you get all of your desire and strength?

Candye: I get many e mails from people all over the world who are inspired by my story and my songs. I especially hear from women with eating disorders and drag queens. I think my show appeals to the disenfranchised because people see hope when they see me. They realize that I have continued to fight , in spite of obstacles, and they are inspired by that. I believe everyone can live their dreams and that we have to learn how to block out negativity and be filters, for only the positive things in life.

MuzikMan: What happens after the tour winds down? Do you go back in the studio to record again or is a vacation is in order?

Candye: Mostly I am just thrilled to sleep in my own bed and cook in my own kitchen!!! I tour throughout the year, so the winter months are usually the time I am home for the longest period, because the weather is too bad to travel at that time. I love to read the paper , do my e mail and catch up with my friends and fans.

MuzikMan: You are overseas quite a bit. How are you received over there? Are there big differences from Country to Country?

Candye: France is my biggest country. They treat me like a star there. I have been in many fashion magazines there and on many major television shows. The French love what they perceive to be americana, and they also love an underdog. They view me as both and I am honored. I am also popular in Holland and Belgium. But there is no place like France. I sing in French in honor of the sweet treatment I have received there. There is a song "En Francais" on my cd "Swango" and also on the new cd "Toughest Girl Alive."

MuzikMan: What are your goals and dreams? Are you living some of them right now?

Candye: I live my dreams everyday! But I would also like to write a book about my life and maybe run for office someday.

MuzikMan: Do you ever have time to get online and check out your site and do some browsing to look at other sites?

Candye: Usually I just answer the volumes of e mails I receive.

MuzikMan: Is there anything that you would like to say to all of those music lovers out there in cyberspace in closing?

Candye: Check out my webpage at www.candye-kane.com and email me at candyekane@hotmail.com


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